I think Data Merge has picked up some bugs along the way.
First, if you are pressing the preview button to check the merge before running, don't, or if you absolutely can't resist, undo immediately after and before you do the actual merge.
Second, check your margin settings in the merge options, and set the right and bottom margins to some value smaller than necessary for an exact fit (even 0 if it won't result in an extra record appearing). ID seems to have a problem if the available space is exactly what is required. This may or may not solve the positioning issue.
thank you but even the preview is wrong but I've tried to not preview also and just run a few to check it.
I have my margins set to 0.
It's merging it correctly 4 up but it's throwing them off the page (everything is correct except it's it's off to the right and down) On smaller jobs I've been moving everything in place by hand but this big job coming up will make that very time consuming.
I inserted a photo of what it's doing. As you see the first one is centered and the rest flow off the page.
You haven't used the Page tool on this file, have you?
Also, would be worth trying a new file for the template and copying the card layout into that (or rebuild it entirely). This one may be corrupt at this point.
That may have been the answer. I did a simple dummy and it did it correctly. Go figure.
Thanks so much
Starting from scratch is what worked. I didn't use the page tool.
I suspect that the problem probably stemmed from the preview, and once introduced into the file there was no way to get past it.
We had similiar issue. Learned it was a problem with the page setup.
We had originally created the document in portrait mode. Then realized we wanted landscape, so we changed the settings. Had big alignment problems.
Recreated from scratch as landscape, and worked fine.
I have – more or less – the same problem. The offset of my items are only slight compared to the OP: only 0,122mm on both X and Y. The solutions offered here don't seem to work for me, not in CS6 nor in CC2017. But I found a small workaround. The problem seems to be related to the margin settings. Here's what I've found.
I created a new document from scratch in CC2017. The outcome of the merged document should be:
Margin: 10 mm on all sides
Margin between columns: 8 mm
I'm producing membership cards so all items have the same size. Thus, based on this layout I should enter in the settings for the merged document: margins top10 mm, bottom10 mm, left 10 mm, right 10 mm. Right? Wrong! With these settings I end up with a merged document of only 1 column in stead of 2. When I enter margins of top 10, bottom 10, left 10 and right 9,9, I now get a merged document with 2 columns. The only thing left to do is to readjust the right margin to 10mm in the merged document and everything is as it should be. Note: the total hight of my items fell way within the top/bottom margin. That's probably the reason I had no issues there.
So this seems like a bug to me. Are other people getting the same results as I get?