Running Header variables can use text in frames set not to print, and you could conceivably use data merge to put the text into those non-printing frames, but I think you'd be better off placing a text file.
Hi, thanks for the reply, not sure why you'd want to set to "no print" for a print document... but will have a go, maybe i'll understand very soon!
I'll stick with placing the text file, and setting the frame to show the next paragraph in the next frame.... (just cant get it to ripple through the pages of the document..)
Can you show us screenshots of what you really want to obtain? Thanks!
Ha, cant you just use the force? sorry, you must get that alot Master.
I have a list of testimonials in an external file (can be put in any format).. I want a different one to appear on each page. I want to set the position of these via a master template.
I think I may have misunderstood the original post. You can do this with an ordinary master text frame and a paragraph style for the first paragraph in each testimonial that specifies "Start in next frame" under the Keep Options. Just place the file.
Hi, sorry for the huge delay in getting back.
I've got a text frame place holder in the master,
I placed a .txt file into it, and see the first line/paragraph of text, and also see the red overset text icon
I have assigned a paragraph style to the frame (and also words themselves and that didnt work either).
Ive i scroll down looking at the pages using this master, they all have exactly the same: the first line of text from the placed file...
You don't place the text onto the master page, you place it into the master frame (without overriding first) on the document page.
Hi there, thanks for the quick response.
ok, so I've dragged open a new text frame in the Master Page..
Placed the .txt file into the frame on a Document page (not on the master page)....
im sorry im being such an idiot here!
If this is a two-page master and you want the text to flow to both pages, make sure you have a corresponding frame on each page, and link them from left to right on the master page. Now place the text file into the frame on the first document page where you want it to appear, holding down the shift key when you click inside the frame area (make sure you are not clicking on any type of guide).
Its working, not as id hoped, but its working!!
So its placing the file OR pasting the copy into the PAGE'S frame, and not the master frame that makes it work... and then the paragraph rules i.e. Keep takes over.
I notice that once placed, its converted it to "pasted text" so if i change the file externally, InDesign wont know, and wont update automatically, i have to repeat the process.
Thank you for the steer!
You can set the preference to link to text files before you place this external file, but I'd change back after. That way it should check for changes each time the ID file is opened and ask you to update. You will lose any formatting changes, though, as I recall.
ah ha!!!!!!!!! indeed it does!
PREFERENCES > FILE HANDLING : Create links when placing text and spreadsheet files.
And i've turned it off again.