My understanding from studying tutorials on data merge is that they can only create ONE page output altho I know you can change it to 2 page spreads afterward.
That isn't true. Data merge can be done with many pages. See my response to this post:
In response to the OP's script request, i can't be of any help.
What i'm hoping is that after reading how to make a data merge with both left and right hand pages from the post i've linked, that the data could be merged again... assuming there was little (or no) post-processing of the file after the merge was performed.
Well you were absolutely right!!
The tutorials really did make it sound like a data merge would only produce single pages . In my case I opened a new document and dragged my 2 masters ( 1 for left page 1 for right page) into the masters panel, applied them to the 2 pages in the pages panel, followed your instructions on unchecking the allow pages to shuffle, dragged the 2nd page up next to the first page and did the merge.
It even numbered the pages correctly
(Doing happy dance)
Thank you so much
the two A pages stuck side by side isn't a "double page spread"... so I don't see how this is a solution for a proper double page spread book.
I'm trying to set up a catalogue that has images next to the spine on both pages... the "one entry" datamerge set up seems to assume that both pages will have identical layouts, where as I'm trying to "mirror" the layout on the left & right pages. So, I thought an Odd / Even merge of two rendered "single page" merged docs would be the "compromise"... never thought I'd say this, but, word's "mail merge" and "next record" pee on inDesign's data merge...
unless I've missed something, of course!... and I hope I have!