are you setting the reference point in the right place? You need to do this in the Frame Fitting Options.
hope that helps,
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I feel the OP's frustration.
Normally to center an item within a data merge, the controls for that are within the content placement options in the data merge flyout - it's the center in frame checkbox:
However as the OP has realised, it doesn't work for "fit frame to images" - instead the frame fitting options take the measurement from the top left. There is a workaround:
- Create a text box larger than the largest image that is part of the merge. Align the text to be centered not only left and right, but top and bottom (from the text frame options). If done correctly, the flashing cursor should be in the center of the textbox.
- Draw a graphic frame anywhere outside of this textbox and then cut and paste it into the textbox. If done correctly the box should be centered within the textbox.
- Assign the image field of the data merge to the center box.
- From the content placement options, make sure that the fitting has "fit frame to images"
Voila! it should work.
Yes, the same thing can be achieved by drawing a frame larger than the largest image that is part of the merge, and then from the content placement options, choosing "preserve frame and image sizes" and having the center in frame checkbox turned on... the advantage with the method above is that the image has its frame around it to the right size that will scale when the image does... the "preserve frame and image size" won't allow this.
If I'm not explaining myself properly, go to https://dl.dropbox.com/u/55743036/2013-02-17%20centering%20dm%20pics.zip and download the files to see what I mean. Missing links may appear... simply substitute them with the intended data merge.
Peter, I thought that might be the case, so I did everything from scratch on a page. No luck there.
Colly, thank you very much. I ran a test with your files and, sure enough, Bam!, right in the center.
Tomorrow I will configure with my files and report back.
Edit: I tried to recreate the page by your instructions, but images still imported to the upper left corner.
The second method mentioned worked fine and my images require no scaling. However, I just used the file you provided.
Thanks for the help! I'm quite grateful.