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Questions about the automation and extending of functionality through the use of scripts within Adobe InDesign.

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InDesign: Reposition Data Merge elements based on Data

This is a long shot, but I'm at a new job, learning InDesign, and wondering if I can automate something in a set of reports I'll regularly be generating. The organization I work for partners with ...
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Is there a way to get the average color of a photo or get the color at certain coordinates in a photo in InDesign using ExtendScript

I have an InDesign script which places a photo in a document and then puts some text over it. The photo can be either dark or light, so the text should be either black or white. For this to work I ...
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FindChangeByList does not work - UserInteractionLevel is undefined

When I try to run the FindChangeByList script (I quote the whole script below) from the InDesign script panel, there appears to be no result. When I run the script from Adobe Extend Script Toolkit CC, ...
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Is there a way to create relative links to an InDesign template file?

Just like the title says, I'm trying to create relative paths to an Illustrator file and Excel file in my template file. I'm using data merge to create a bunch of files from the template and when I ...
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Script in InDesign to separate document into individual files with naming capabilities [closed]

I'm looking for a script that can separate a document into individual InDesign files that, upon extraction, allows for some naming capabilities for each page such as either: adding a suffix (page ...
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InDesign : Lock/unlock every layer of a document at once

Is there a way to lock or unlock every layer not of page, but of the entire document? CTRL + A and CTRL + L on every page is quite tedious. With a script I guess? Thanks, Julien
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Auto Hyperlink to all daily pages with montly calender?

I am working on a yearly digital planner using InDesign 17.0, currently putting all hyperlinks manually (Right-click on monthly calendar date -> hyperlink and select the corresponding daily page ...
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Auto decimal for numbering in Indesign

Is there a way to make numbers separated with decimal symbol automatically and non-destructive in Indesign? For example there is large numbers in my article which I'm designing now: I have "six ...
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Automatically add header text to a box via object style in InDesign

I'm laying out a book that occasionally has sidebars and footnotes formatted in a box. At the top of each of these boxes, I'd like to have a tiny header that reads 'from the archives'. I'm looking for ...
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InDesign Scirpting. Strange behaviour of document.loadMasters() function in case if file has been saved in newer version of InDesign

i noticed strange behaviour of function document.loadMasters() in case if i run a script in a lower version of InDesign in compare to one which i used to save a file. So, i did next steps to reproduce ...
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Modify width of all text frames in a document

I have text frames on over 200 pages, Is possible to select all text frames at once and decrease their width through Text Frame Options or any other method, as the edges of text frames are closely ...
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Append avatar image to each paragraph in chat style book

I have more than 4000 messages, and I want to create a book for these messages in chat style Look at this screenshot, it's just an example Now, everything is ok, but I want to append an avatar image ...
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Replace all fonts in In Design in all open documents

I need to perform the function of this (InDesign script to replace all fonts in a document) script across all open documents or all documents in a book. Can this be done?
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How to create a line that spans automatically right from the text til the end of the text frame

I am looking for a solution how to create a line that automatically spans to the right from the conditional text: As you can see above I just solved it at first with a static line. As soon as we ...
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InDesign script to make auto-sized frames hold descenders: how to make it work?

I found the following promising script by Jon S. Winters, function holdDescenders ( aTextFrame_o , extraHeight_n ) { //------------------------------------------------------------------------- //-- ...
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inDesign Script to "when textbox created paste clipboard content in it"

I have no experience with scripting, but I can maybe explain what the intented script should do: Select text, cut it. Ctrl + X after mouseUp. Make textbox (manually). Drag with mouse, if possible &...
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Multiple document merge one book with clickable toc

I have multiple chapter 20 InDesign files. All files have separate master pages and numbering. I want to create one book with TOC clickable. How to do? Also, I want to publish an e-book with a fixed ...
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Indesign replace multiples links by other folder images

I don't find a script or tricks to do that, i would like to replace ALL images by other folder (with different images). exemple: i made a template with 4 box who contain the same image : toto.jpg, ...
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Toggle 'Paste Remembers Layers'?

I've come across a script for InDesign that toggles on the 'Paste Remembers Layers' menu item. I would LOVE a visual toggle as I use this all the time but for now this will do (unless anyone knows of ...
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Indesign 'paste in place' doesn't work

It doesn't matter if it's an SVG, Jpeg, Text box or frame, every time I copy (cmmd + c) and paste in place (cmmd + shift + option + v) anything, InDesign paste's it in the centre of the spread. I've ...
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InDesign: Can I automate Master Page assignment to multiple, non-contiguous, pages without using page numbers?

I need to replace a couple existing master pages with other existing master pages. I am familiar with how to replace master pages in general. I have Master Pages - A, B, C, D, E, F. I need to replace ...
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Importing Excel table to InDesign

I am having a problem when importing a table from Excel to Indesign. I am getting errors when there is a formula behind text in the table. If the formula results in a number, the number is imported ...
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How to select or copy all text in InDesign document

I want to select all text content of every page in an InDesign document or copying all text in InDesign document. I have tried scripting method, but did not work.
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Indesign - FindChangeByList exclude character style (or hyperlinks)

I have a FindChangeByList search that replaces a divis between numbers with an en-dash with an 1/24 quad before and after. Unluckily it includes our Hyperlinks too and thus destroys them. Is there a ...
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GREP for non-breaking space after initials

I'm laying out a bibliography in ID, and I need a way to insert a non-breaking space after initials, so A., B., etc. don't end up at the end of lines. Thanks in advance.
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Adobe InDesign: Set text justify for every other line

I'm looking for a solution to achieve something like the image below. I want to set justify and hyphenation for paragraphs except odd lines.
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InDesign Data Automation for Books, not Catalogs

I have a use case where I’d like to use a bunch of small pieces of data from a database, in random places inside a large book. My book has hundreds of photos (with captions and credits) and over a ...
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How to place xml nodes into indesign pages (one by one)?

I am trying to place a lot of tables into my document, one by one, but i can't place more than 1 table, does anybody knows how to place each table on one page or textframe? I am using xml nodes like ...
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Indesign: Frame on masterpage always on the front,

Background: Our PIM system allows us to create a generated catalogue for our clients. For this client we are placing images on top of each other to create the illusion of items being displayed with a ...
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InDesign Script new layer naming by page number

I've got an odd query where I need to take all the objects on a certain layer and put them each on a separate new layer so they can be exported as individual PDFs (and converted to png). I've found a ...
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How to change paragraph composer using script?

Is there a script command that can reassign the adobe paragraph composer to 'World paragraph composer'? The InDesign ExtendScript API(12.0) does not seem to have a command. I basically want to ...
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InDesign plug-in for random text variations in size and position

I'm trying to typeset a book with an "old" / "handmade" look, with little irregularities, shuffled up kerning and spacing, letters that are slightly unaligned, and so on. More or less like in this ...
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Finding and replacing footnotes inside punctuation

Is there any way of finding and replacing footnotes inside punctuation with the same number footnote outside the punctuation? I don't mind doing separate find and replaces for all conceivable types of ...
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InDesign / Delete entire line if field is empty

I'm working on automating donations and was wondering if, when using Data Merge, it is possible on export to auto remove a line, if those fields don't have any data in them. Per example, After Data ...
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import CSV content to InDesign document with script

I have a Daily Planner (400+ pages) created in InDesign. Each daily page has date. The 365 daily pages start from page 17 to 382 in my InDesign document. I figured it would be better to add weekday to ...
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Adobe Indesign: How to measure the width of a word?

Is it possible to measure the width of a word in some way? (via Javascript code, or a built-in software option)?
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Grepping with app.findGrepPreferences.appliedFont fails for Walkman-Chanakya-905 (TT)

I have InDesign JavaScript code that replaces strings of specific fonts. Tt works (mostly) including for appliedFont values containing spaces and dashes e.g. Walkman-Chanakya-905, Devlys 180 Thin:- ...
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Why does InDesign search not begin at beginning?

I am using a script to copy sequential lines from an input text file into an InDesign document. I have used the script a number of times with no problems. var fi = new File("C:/Documents/input.txt") ...
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Extracting InDesign layer names to text or .csv

How can I extract a list of all layer names into either a text or .csv file.? What Acrobat or scripting tools are available to do this task? The list will be used to create a table communicating to ...
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How do I detect an empty text frame with hidden data frame markers?

I have been using the DeleteEmptyFrames.jsx script from the interwebz and it works in text frames containing nothing, but fails when the frame had a data merge field that contained no data when ...
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How can I export a PDF from InDesign with Javascript?

I want to find a script (preferably Javascript) and all it needs to do is export a PDF to a specific folder that I can set the path for in the script. Does anyone know of a script that might have ...
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How to change tables and cells styles all at once by using Java script?

How to change tables and cells styles all at once by using Java script? I want a dialogue box to enter stroke weight. Thank you
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InDesign script targeting specific text frames

I have an InDesign document with ~550 pages. On an every page, there are 4 frames. All the pages look the same (see image below). I'm using CS6. I'm new to scripting and a little lost here. I need ...
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Data Merge 7 barcodes on 1 page 4000 times

I have to place 7 different barcodes on to 1 page but then they run 4000 times sequentially. I tried to use scripts such as ImagesToCSV, but the images don't link when merged. Other option is to ...
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InDesign script to insert pages between existing ones

I try to create a very simple script that adds one page after every existing page of the document and applies one of the masters to it. Unfortunately I have a problem with referencing objects in ...
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InDesign script that generates percentages as page numbers

Does anybody know of a script that could calculate percentages within an InDesign document? To clarify - I want to use this essentially as a page number: page 5 of 10 would be 50%, for example. If no ...
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How to renumber static numbers in InDesign CS6

I have a series of static numbers in my InDesign CS6 document (e.g. 256, 257, 258, 259...). All numbers have a given character style (i.e. Footnote). I would like to find the numbers and renumber ...
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Automatically Resetting the Current Workspace on Startup

I'm looking for a way to force InDesign to reset its current workspace when I start the program. I have created the jsx script below and placed it into the startup scripts folder. It does a great job ...
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How can I test and apply certain changes to all documents in a book file?

I have a book file with around 75 documents amounting to 1927 pages. All of these documents contain the same paragraph style 'Body'. My first question is: How can I "test" a change in 'Body' to all ...
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How to apply specific object style to textFrames, those starting with anchored graphic frame?

I have a document (InDesign CS6) with a story, using text frames as placeholders. These text frames all have a graphic frame as first paragraph, going on with some other paragraphs with text. Now, i ...
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