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    This is what an opacity mask is for.

    Select your placed image and in the transparency pallet make a mask.
    Double-click the black square to enter the opacity mask and then paint/draw/etc over your image with varying shades of gray to either hide or reveal parts of the image.

    See screenshot attached.

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    I agree that Illustrator's variable data / data merge functionality leaves a lot to be desired but I'm fairly certain it can do what you want. Attached is an image of a CSV I set up (not actual data, was changed from customer sensitive data to placeholders) that I used when testing Illustrator's data merge functions.

    I was able to make it work, but it wasn't easily editable after importing the CSV's data - there was/is no live link to the CSV. Any changes to the spreadsheet required re-importing and fiddling around with the data again.

    A much better option is to use InDesign's data merge. It *does* use a live-link to the CSV spreadsheet, so changes take effect immediately and an updated art / production file can be exported very quickly.

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    On second thought, a better way is to use Acrobat.
    Do you have Acrobat DC? The preflight functionality can be used to convert fonts to outlines via a fixup.

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    You could use Object > flatten transparency:

    1. in an open illustrator document, drag/drop (place) customer's PDF
    2. select the placed PDF if it is not auto-selected
    3. Object > flatten transparency
    4. select "Convert Text to Outlines" option from the dropdown list (I may have saved this preset myself.. don't recall)

    This is a workaround and may not be suitable for complex documents with a lot of transparency/overprint interactions.

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