DataMerge icons/images inline into text frames
Add the ability to put file paths for icons/images with text in a cell, so that the images are merged inline with the text in a text frame. For example "Here is some text and here's an @icon.ai" would merge the icon.ai file into the text.
I know a lot of people who do work on card games using DataMerge, and this is the single most frequent request I get.
Currently the way we get around this is by merging text with placeholders like "[icon]", then copying the icon to the clipboard and doing a find and replace [icon] with the clipboard contents. This slightly defeats the purpose of DataMerge by adding several extra steps.
Joe A (Sykres) commented
It's 100% necessary. Data Merge is a woefully incomplete feature without being able to merge images inline with text.
I'm currently staring down the Bartel of HUNDREDS of additional hours of work simply because I can't do this one small thing with InDesign.