Maybe. Linked text or spreadsheet files might work, or possibly Data Merge, but you haven't really provided enough detail to say for sure.
Ah OK. Here's some more detail.
I have five documents. Each document has a paragraph that contains different stats. For example:
We have X number of locations and are an $X million dollar company. We currently have over X customers.
Let's say, for simplicity's sake, that the above paragraph exists in each of the 5 documents. Currently, as those numbers change monthly, I have to open all 5 documents and update the 3 different numbers in each one.
What I would like to do is have one document that holds those numbers. Then I could open that one document, update all three numbers, and have the change cascade to my 5 InDesign documents.
Let me know if that helps! And thanks in advance!
I might approach this by using custom variables. Create a document that has all of the variable, and nothing else, and that's the one you update.
Create variables with the exact same name in your other files. Add all the files to a Book (.indb) and set the source as the variables doc, then synch the files with only variables selected. I suspect the adding to a book and synching part could be scripted to be sure that page numbering is not affected and to speed things up.
That worked beautifully. Thanks very much for your help!
You could probably use a linked spreadsheet to update the variables in the master file, too.