InDesign starts to slow down when documents get to be between 50 and 100 pages. Merging a lot of data can become impossibly slow once the document gets large. For this reason, we offer the ability to split a merge over multiple documents.
- DataLinker will start a new document after every set of records (you define how many)
- When the merge is finished it will create an InDesign book containing all the individual InDesign documents
- This makes merging lots of data much faster
When the merge is finished, you can use InDesign's native book features to create a single PDF combining all the individual InDesign documents into a single file. Here's how.
To split a merge over multiple documents
- Select the text that contains the fields you wish to merge
- Select DataLinker > Merge
- Choose what records to merge
- In the Select rows for export dialog, check off the "Merge into multiple documents" checkbox
- Choose how many records will be in each InDesign document
- Click OK