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Drag and Drop from Adobe Bridge, Finder or Explorer into the document.
Drag and Drop the window symbol on a Mac into an open doument.
Copy any Paste from anything else than InDesign itself.
willi thanks for your help I'll give this a try
can I simply place the text and images onto a catalogue template and can this be done from a csv file that contains URLs for each image?
As a side issue, do you understand the "correct" resolution for images that are to be printed?
thanks derek, media files will be provided to indesign in the required format. They are coming from a product information management (PIM) solution that includes media asset management and file derivative creation capabilities
This kind of work is probably best done with a commercial catalog plugin, and there are several you can choose from. The built-in Data Merge function is a bare-bones possibility, but it requires a real path to any content you want to place, not a URL.