DesignMerge is producing fewer pages than expected.

If DesignMerge is producing fewer pages than expected, check the following settings:

  • Confirm the document template that you are merging contains all of the pages that you would like in each new varation of the document. For example, if you would like to produce a two-page document for each variation, the document template should contain two pages.
  • Run a Variable Link Report to confirm the Links in the document have correct settings. In particular, review the number of times a Link is listed and review the Sequence Number that is assigned to each Link in the list. If you are using multiple sequence numbers in a document, confirm the sequence numbers are sequentially consecutive (for example: 1, 2, 3, 4). If a sequence number has been skipped (for example: 1, 3, 4, 5), then records will be skipped when the document is merged (some records will not be merged into the document). For more information about a Variable Link Report, see Tutorial #1a (The Basics) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual, and for more information about Sequencing, see Tutorial #3 (ID Badges) Tutorial in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual.*
  • Run a Page & Box Rules Report to determine whether this job is using a Page Rule that has been set up to omit a page from print output. For more information about DesignMerge Rules and a Page & Box Rules Report, see Tutorial #1b (Using Rules) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual.* 
  • Follow the recommendations in the Job is merging extra records that aren't in the database Knowledgebase Article to confirm the database is in a plain delimited text file format and does not have missing or unexpected line endings.
  • Confirm the DDF has appropriate settings for the database file that you are selecting for the merge session. In particular, review the DDF's database file settings: Data Type, Field Delimiter, File Origin, and Text Qualifier. These must be set correctly for DesignMerge to read the database records correctly. For more information about selecting settings for a DDF, see Tutorial #1a (The Basics) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual.*
  • If you are merging a range of records, instead of merging all records, confirm the range that you are entering is accurate. For more information on specifying a range of records, see Tutorial #3 (ID Badges) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual.
  • Review the Summary Report that is displayed at the end of the Print Driver session. Are any Errors listed? By default, the DesignMerge Print Drivers will omit pages where variable text causes a box to overset or when DesignMerge could not locate a file for a variable picture or variable article. For more information about using a Print Driver, see the Print Driver's manual, and for more information about setting your preferences for Errors and about setting DesignMerge Search Paths, see Tutorial #5 (Tips & Tricks) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual. For information about avoiding overset variable text, see Tutorial #2 (Postcard) in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual and also see the Print Driver output omits pages due to Overset Error Knowledgebase Article.

* DesignMerge Documentation is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder which the installer places by default in the Applications or Program Files folder on your system.