3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2015 9:34 AM by Peter Spier

    can i use data merge with pdf images in indesign?

    Data Merge - Indesign

      Hi need to do a data merge but with pdf's not jpg or tifs. I am having the result with jpgs but not with pdf's.

      Can i do it with pdf's?

        • 1. Re: can i use data merge with pdf images in indesign?
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          As far as I know you should be able to, but you may be running into a problem with the import options, most likely whatever was last used for crop options does not exist in the current PDFs.

           

          Try placing a PDF into another file, showing the import options. Make sure you select Page 1, and for crop option I would choose Media for maximum compatibility, but do this with the understanding that some PDFs may have quite a bit of white space or printers marks surrounding the actual art that will come along. If you specify Art or Trim Box, and they are not defined in the PDF the import will fail. Bounding box MIGHT work, but it will still include the marks if there are any, so not much to gain. The options should stick until the next time you change them, so hopefully they'll be applied during the merge.

          • 2. Re: can i use data merge with pdf images in indesign?
            Data Merge - Indesign Level 1

            in fact that is not a problem because i have both pdfs same size and orientated, the only thing is that i cannot use the pdf docs for some reason.

             

            eg. in the csv file i have (this is not working)

            Field 1                                      Field2

            '@background                          '@page

            Machintosh HD:bg1.pdf           Machintosh HD:page1.pdf

             

            eg. in the csv file i have (this works)

            Field 1                                      Field2

            '@background                          '@page

            Machintosh HD:bg1.psd           Machintosh HD:page1.psd

             

            I would like to use the pdf file is there a different way to do so?

            • 3. Re: can i use data merge with pdf images in indesign?
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              I deleted your duplicate post...

               

              Did you make sure to reset the import options as I suggested?