Book feature

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The book feature gets available if you select „Custom records per document“ in the filetype section of the export screen. It allows to split the merge in multiple InDesign files which get combined into a book file.
Additionally you may export a PDF from that book file to get all records in one document.

This is a lot faster than merging all records into one document directly.

Check a usecase here.

InDesign data merge book

Depending on the filetype you need at the end you have to choose different settings:

Adobe InDesign® book only

  • Choose “Adobe InDesign®” in the dropdown
  • [1] Choose “Custom records per document” and enter a number of records to be processed per document – check the overview on the left and make sure you set a value that doesn’t exceed 500 pages per document (then it might get really slow). Less is also OK and will result in more single InDesign® files merged in book.
  • [2] Check “Create Adobe InDesign® book from InDesign files”

PDF file with all records

  • Choose “PDF” n the dropdown and setup the PDF preset
  • [1] Choose “Custom records per document” and enter a number of records to be processed per document – check the overview on the left and make sure you set a value that doesn’t exceed 500 pages per document (then it might get really slow). Less is also OK and will result in more single InDesign® files merged in book.
  • [2] Check “Keep Adobe InDesign® book from InDesign files”
  • Check “Export target format from book only” -> This is optional, if you check it you will receive ONE PDF with all records. If you don’t check it, MyDataMerge will create PDFs for each InDesign document created.