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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 Scripting: Adding a paragraph after every paragraphs of a particular style

I'm trying to automatically insert a new paragraph below every paragraph that has a particular style. This is working well, but there is the side effect of changing the style of the paragraph ...
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Indesign Scripting: In a loop, find consecutive paragraphs with the same paragraph style

What I'm trying to do Find all instances of paragraphs with a certain paragraph style. Cut the paragraphs and create a text frame where each group of paragraphs was. Apply an object style to the new ...
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Indesign: printing on bleeds to reveal a text or image

I was wondering if there were any ressource online or script for realizing this type of printing (Hyperreality and Panorama) on a book's bleed using Indesign. Reference I think this would require a ...
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Make indent for more than first line in paragraph styles in InDesign?

I wonder if anyone has any idea how to make indents for more than the first line in a paragraph? I obviously understand that I can work manually to make this happen but want to set a paragraph style ...
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How to modify specific frames in InDesign using JavaScript?

I have a parent page that contains 4 text frames. The first and last contain the book name and page number, respectively. I want to keep these as they are. The two text frames in the middle of each ...
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Indesign script that applies 'Multiply' transparency effect to PDF placed on a layer to multiple pages

I have a 220pp Indesign document with a Cyan,Magenta and Yellow PDF placed on each page. I have another layer with a Black PDF on each page. I need to apply a Transparency Effect of 'Multiply' to all ...
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Indesign script to automate order list by last name

Every month I have to order a long list of names alphabetically by last name. Is there a way to do this all in one single script? This is what I am currently doing: Use a GREP to place the last names ...
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Save pdf with overprint simulated

Is there anyway I can generate a version of a pdf which shows on screen, simulated overprint. I essentially want to send my client there artwork back showing the overprint simulated. I don’t want them ...
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How to link variable font axes to characters position?

I need to build an algorithm that will automatically interpolate a variable font in the layout based on the positions of the characters in space. It doesn't matter in which software it will be ...
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Help w/ script: Find two Paragraph Styles, change the second one

I'm trying to get an InDesign script that works like this: "In the currently selected text, whenever a Paragraph Style B appears after a Paragraph Style A, change that Paragraph Style B to ...
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Indesign: Keep multiple paragraphs (of different styles) sets together

Is it possible with a script or GREP styles to keep together multiple sets of paragraphs which can contain 5-6 different paragraph styles though the start and end paragraph styles are always the same –...
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How to search in paragraph style in indesign by script

i'm bad in JS, i asked one of my friend to help me in that, also, if you can give me your hand here this will be good too. I have this code, which it's make search for the paragraph by give it the ...
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Trying to script a Indesign dialog to handle user input

I've been picking away at this script, the idea is to have a dialog that steps through the layers in the document and has the user pick from a dropdown to set a text box on the slug. The issue I'm ...
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Script to save main InDesign book document INDB as an IDML

We are looking for a JSX script that can save a copy of the INDB as an IDML after save. The .indb is the main book document in Adobe InDesign CS5/6. The code would be roughly similar to the one below ...
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InDesign - Replace text field from file

I'm trying to make a document where on each page there is some text (e.g. name) that is updated based on a text file that contains the list of the desired text for each page. (Imagine a document with ...
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GREP to select footnote text and make it inline note

Now I am finished with my magazine for sighted people and want to get it ready to Braille for the blind. In the process, I need to change the footnotes to inline notes. Is there a way to use GREP to ...
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Automatically move title text to next page/column if it originally appears on the last line of page/column

Is it possible to have InDesign automatically move a title (with associated paragraph style) to the next page/column if it would otherwise appear on the last line of a page/column? Many of my titles ...
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I have problem with this InDesign script

I have Indesign document with 366 qrcdoe and news source I find this script and edit it to GROUP any qrcode with specific object style (qrcode) and any text with specific paragraph style (مصدر الخبر) ...
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VSCode ExtendScript not doing anything V2 (indesign)

I haven't used ExtendScript for a while. Now I got a new laptop and just updated to the latest indesign-version CC2023. I wanted to debug an indesign-script so I had to set ExtendScript up again. I ...
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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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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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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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