Almost 100 views and the lack of response suggests it's not possible.
Do Adobe reps visit these forums?
Adobe employees are pretty rare in the forums. This is a User to User platform.
It's likely that what you want to do is not possible, but I suspect some of the reason you've had no response is your question is unclear.
If you are using variables, perhaps they should be defined as custom text variables, and your sales staff would simply change the defintitions, but I think there are going to be other problems inherent in any system that depends on variables in ID, which are treated in the text flow as a single character and cannot wrap across lines.
Why do you think ID is the correct tool for this?
Hi Peter, thanks for your reply.
I don't (yet) think InDesign is the coorect tool for this — which is why I was asking. If ID can do the trick...it would cut out the need for exporting/involving to another format etc.
So, any suggestions on what might be a better solution are greatly appreciated — we're open to any input.
I don't think I have any suggestions other than to try to restate the workflow in more detail so others can understand what you are trying to do. I'm clueless about what you have in mind (and don't do the kind of work I think is involved here), so I can't offer any possible solutions.
Is this any clearer?
We've designed a lead-follow up document that we want to customise to send to our contacts.
In these customised documents (sent as a PDF) we need to include numerous customised hyperlinks (followed through clicking an image) — the links need to be customised with one unique string of text appended to the URLs (the same string is put at the end of each URL, i.e, the Client's full name).
Is there any way someone can think of that we could customise these links using InDesign/automation? Perhaps by importing an external CSV or other text variable?
OK, that is clearer, and maybe you can do what you want using Data Merge.
If all you want to do is add a text string to the end of your URL, and you have the custom strings in a .csv file, then Data Merge would be ideal, but you'd probably do the merge in some central location and generate all the documents at one time (though that isn't a necessity -- you could specify a single record by number to make a single document).
The other option, in ID, that seems perhaps applicable is the use of a custom text variable, as suggested earlier, but I think Data Merge is more straightforward.
Do these customized URLs need to be real hyperlinks in the PDF? That would be trickier, but might be scriptable.
the issue is that these aren't text based URLs/hyperlinks...they're images.
Is that what you mean by a 'real' hyperlink?
So you're saying you need to attach a custom URL to an image? ID doesn't do image maps like dreamweaver.
That's essentially what is needed. Even if it meant pulling a full URL from the CSV file.
Ah well...any other options? (aside from doing it all manually)
I don't do the interactive stuff, but perhaps the images could be made into buttons, and an action to open the URL attached to the buttons on click or mouse-up.