AUTOMATING FIND CHNGE OBJECTS IN INDESIGN

FIND AND CHANGE OBJECTS In our previous post, the discussion centered around using find/change for text. Here we will use scripts to find and change objects such as graphic lines, graphic frames, and text frames. For example, a script can find all graphic lines that have a stroke weight of .5 and change the width […]

AUTOMATING FIND CHANGE TEXT FOR INDESIGN

FIND/CHANGE When it comes to the subject of find and change with InDesign, this is one area where InDesign offers some real versatility especially for those who understand the power of scripting. But with power comes complexity. Not that it is hard, it is that the possibilities are almost limitless. FIND/CHANGE CLASSES First, understand that […]

PARAGRAPH STYLES – NUMBERING, BULLETS, AND MORE

MORE ON PARAGRAPH STYLES Before we leave the subject of working with paragraph styles there are a few more attributes that we should look at. Top of the list is bullets and numbering. These are attributes for paragraph styles you may want to welcome with open arms. NUMBERING When you use paragraph styles for numbering, […]

INDESIGN SCRIPTS FOR PARAGRAPH STYLES

Templates and Styles People who have taken my classes know what a stickler I am for using templates and stylesheets. Of course you know what a template is, but what about a stylesheet? A stylesheet is simply the styles that you have defined as part of a file or template. STYLES AND MORE STYLES Let’s […]

INDESIGN SCRIPTS FOR RESIZE, REFRAME AND TRANSFORM

RESIZE, REFRAME In our previous post we explored AppleScript’s resize command for modifying a page item in Adobe InDesign. A command similar to resize is reframe. These are similar in that they both change the size of the targeted object. The two are similar in that one of the benefits of using either of these […]

SCRIPTING INDESIGN RESIZE

GEOMETRIC COORDINATES If you have worked with any scripts for InDesign, you are more than aware that the location and size of a page item is defined in terms of its geometric coordinates within the two-dimensional page space. This is often described as two points defining its top left and bottom right coordinates. Each point […]

SCRIPTING PASTEBOARD FOR INDESIGN

WORKING WITH INDESIGN’S PASTEBOARD In Adobe InDesign users often take advantage of the pasteboard as a holding area for page items. Drag a page item from the page onto the pasteboard and use it used anywhere within the spread; or copy and paste it anywhere within the document. It’s quick and efficient when working hands-on. […]

FINDCHANGE BY ATTRIBUTE

FIND/CHANGE TEXT BY ATTRIBUTE In our last blog post we explored working with find/change for text in an InDesign document. We will expand on this discussion by creating a script for finding and replacing text based on attributes such as color, font, and font style. We will be writing the script in AppleScript, but you […]

FINDCHANGEBYLIST

FIND AND CHANGE TEXT One of the most popular of the sample scripts provided by Adobe for InDesign is¬†FindChangeByList. The script is designed for the non-scripter in that the parameters for find/change procedures are supplied by a plain text file. This is then read by the script for performing the find/change. Each line of the […]

INDESIGN SCRIPT PREFERENCES

SCRIPT PREFERENCES Since you are interested in using scripts to power-boost Adobe InDesign, one preference you need to be comfortable with is¬†script preferences. Although there may be only a couple of properties for Script Preferences that you will find a need for in your scripts, we’ll take a look at the entire list in this […]