Data Merge Export to PDF Record Limit not working?

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    • #1256291
      Max Pinton
      Member

      I have a 6-page document with a graphic pulled from a CSV with 51 records that I’ve added to a master page.

      If I “Create Merged Document” and put a 1 in “Record Limit per Document,” it works as expected: a separate 6-page InDesign file is created for each record.

      If I “Export to PDF” from the Data Merge flyout menu and put a 1 in “Record Limit per Document,” it unexpectedly generates a single 306-page pdf.

      I could have sworn that this feature has worked for me before. I also tested this with a 1-page master file with the same combinatorial results, though that’s easier to fix because I can split the PDF into separate pages in the export dialog.

      Any thoughts?

    • #1252924
      David Blatner
      Keymaster

      The “merge to pdf” feature is not always as reliable, I think. I generally make an InDesign file and then export to PDF.

      There are a number of tools that let you break apart individual pdfs, such as:

      Data Merging Individual Records to Separate PDFs


      and

      Data Merging Individual Records to Separate PDFs Part 2: via Scripting


      and

      InReview: MyDataMerge

    • #1252964
      Max Pinton
      Member

      Thanks. That’s an ingenious use of bookmarks. I think I’ll give MyDataMerge a spin next time. For this project it wasn’t a dealbreaker to have 306 individual pdfs, which I renamed with a Perl script.

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