If each product gets its own page, and the layouts are the same, this would be an excellent candidate for datamerge.
That is something I will have to look up. If it helps this is for a school, each page is a different class. but basically each page will be the same with different data. What I am hoping to do is create the space on the page and let it be populated by the data. That way if there is a change to the data it will just be updated and still keep all the styles and such.
It's possible that datamerge could work for this. The data would have to be set up in excel, with all the info for each page being on its own row in Exel -- one row per page. You can get the pictures to drop in this way at the same time.
I can't say for sure if this is the best way, and I don't know anything about XML, so I can't say how that would work.
Both methods of getting your data into ID have pluses and minuses. Of the two methods, data merge has the smallest learning curve. I would likely use XML. Either method, use a sample class or two of data and create your styles and get them in place so you can have the import or merge be more predictable.
So I converted the Data I have over to XML, and I can import it with the tags and such. Seems to be working VERY WELL. BUT (you know there was going to be one)
When I imported the XML it asked if I wanted to create a link. I did so! but if there is a change to the XML fie I would like it if indesign would update the document through the link? I havent figured that out yet. Any thoughts? BTW: I dont see the link icon at the top of the frame that the xml was input into.
The link is in the Links Panel. Highlight the XML in the Links Panel, down at the bottom opt to Update Link.
Take care, Mike