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I am looking for a tool or web service to generate Word documents from text templates. Any recommendations?
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Your question lacks clarity. Your post title refers to mailmerge, but nothing in the post itself indicates how your 'text templates' (whatever they are) might relate to a mailmerge.

Please clarify what your 'text templates' are and how you would propose to use them.

A Word mailmerge main document can use a text file as the mailmerge data source - provided the text file is suitably structured (e.g. one line per record, with a field name for each item on the row, and fields separated by tabs or commas).
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macropod, I have .TXT documents with placeholders that need to be merged with the data and exported to .DOCX format. By placeholders I mean {{Name}}. The data is in CSV format and it contains columns that match those placeholders.
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Provided you create a mailmerge main document that you connect to the text file and insert mergefields pointing to your placeholders, everything should be fine.
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I am not sure that I understand your solution. What is a mailmerge main document and how am I going to connect it to my template? This is the same as mail merge in Word, except that template is in .TXT format which is not supported by Word. I would be doing this on weekly basis and have no control over templates (provided by a customer).
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See: How to use the Mail Merge feature in Word to create and to print form letters that use the data from an Excel worksheet
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It seems that you don't understand my problem. I know how to do mail merge in Word. The problem is that you cannot use templates in plain text format in Word. They must be .DOCX or .DOTX. Since I cannot convert them to Word I am looking for a service or a tool that can do mail merge with plain text templates.
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Word can open and save .txt files, so that is not the issue. The issue is that .txt files absolutely cannot contain the mergefields necessary for a mailmerge. Given that stricture, how do you propose any application would be able to complete what you're calling a mailmerge?
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I am aware that Word is the best tool for mail merge, but it is not the only one. OpenOffice can do it too. Today, I believe that the term 'mail merge' is more related to MailChimp and Gmail than Word. Unfortunately, none of them can solve my problem. Anyway, I found this free web app called DocBlender that supports .TXT templates, but doesn't have API support (although they mention it on their website).
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I am aware that Word is the best tool for mail merge, but it is not the only one. OpenOffice can do it too. Today, I believe that the term 'mail merge' is more related to MailChimp and Gmail than Word. Unfortunately, none of them can solve my problem. Anyway, I found this free web app called DocBlender that supports .TXT templates, but doesn't have API support (although they mention it on their website).
You posted on MSOfficeForums.com - which is quite obviously geared to supporting users of Microsoft Office products. You can hardly expect replies here to address what you may or may not be able to do with a non-Microsoft product. Moreover, it was you who specified:
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I have .TXT documents with placeholders that need to be merged with the data and exported to .DOCX format.
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By placeholders I mean {{Name}}.
which quite obviously mean they're not mergefields. Hence your placeholders would have to be replaced with mergefields before a mailmerge could be implemented.

If you don't want a Microsoft Office product - which essentially means Word or Publisher - I suggest you ask elsewhere.
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