Not natively. Without seeing what your data is like, and what you want the layout to be, it is sort of hard to recommend anything.
In general, all my data merges are being done with a plug-in that allows for logic. A for instance is a data file I have for a price list. While every record has a "category" field, I only want the first instance of that field to be on the page. then when that category changes, I want the next category to be displayed, and so on.
Is this the kind of thing (roughly) that you want to do?
Not Sure of your exact scenario!!
You can try keeping single entry for the field that you want to merge for a single time correspondingly keeping multiple entries for the data of other frame.
Thanks for the fast response!
Yes – that is roughly what I want to do.
See attached example, I hope this explains what I want to achieve more clearly.
If you were trying to post a screen shot, you would need to return to the forum and post it using the "camera" icon at the top of the post editing windows.
I use a plug-in from Em Software called InData. One of the benefits for what I do is there are no individual frames on a page to deal with post-merge. Individual frames are great for simple merges (address labels, post cards, etc.). But I typically do more other types of merges.
That said, there is a drawback--one needs to come to an understanding of writing expressions that actually parse the incoming data. So in the spice price list example, that looks like:
It's reasonably easy once one does it a few times. And it can be far more complicated. The above is from Em Software's samples that has been tweaked. The best thing I can recommend would be to download the trial and see for yourself. They are good at responding to specific questions if you get stumped.
I imagine this all could be scripted somehow in ID. But I have no idea how and the plug-in just lets me keep working.
Have you considered restructuring the data file to have extra columns for the data you want to merge only for the first record, moving that data into those columns. You would put stuff you want to repeat in the other columns and leave the non-repeating columns blank for other records.
I think that a sampling of cleansed data in the form you have it would be helpful. If that is too much work to sanitize it, a few records of the data uploaded to dropbox.com or the like and private message to me for the download link would be helpful. Perhaps an ID file of the proposed layout would also be good.
You screen shots are so large (whole page) and of such low resolution, I cannot really read/see what you have. Sorry. If you zoom into the page so that it can be easily read, then take a screen capture of the relevant area, I might do better at seeing it. Old eyes and all that.
I think I may have found a solution:
Just busy working on it - will post the solution here when I have it finalised.