Welcome in the new episode of the Scripting Forum Roundup series. Today I decided to focus on solid tricks and in-depth topics that might be of interest to experienced script developers…
As announced in June 2012, IndyFont is a mind-blowing InDesign script that makes it possible to design and distill pure OpenType fonts from scratch! Theunis de Jong and I put all our energy in having the final release available as soon as possible. Meanwhile, let's watch short sneak previews…
For the time being, BookBarcode 2.03 (our InDesign barcode manager) only supports EAN-13. Since many users have requested that the next release handles new symbologies (as Code 128, UPC, etc.) we are planning to implement new types of linear barcodes in the future version of the plug-in. But we need your vote to determine which symbologies are in greatest demand…
My colleague Loïc Aigon recently updated his professional website: loicaigon.com. I take this opportunity to let him unveil axis and motions of a misknown job: automation expert…
For obscure reasons ExtendScript 3.x is somewhat allergic to the character
"\x00" (U+0000). Some
RegExp routines become silently defective as soon as your source string contains one or more NUL character. Although most of these bugs have been fixed in CS5 (ExtendScript 4.1), this still leads to compatibility and portability issues. Here is a snippet that allows to split any string and get proper results in all versions.
IndexMatic 2 is without doubt one of the most advanced word indexing scripts ever available to publishers, authors, book designers who use InDesign (CS3, CS4, and CS5+). There are many ways to configure, refine and handle its features. Users gradually discover that what they thought was impossible is, in fact, definitely within scope of the product. The purpose of this page is to boost your learning curve through concrete Q&A.
New tools, new solutions, new ideas, emerge every day for and from InDesign and Creative Suite heroes. But strangely enough, most graphic designers and InDesign end-users still ignore—or cannot measure—the power of automation. As a kind of proof of concept I decided to start the year with a celebration of the most noticeable scripts, tools and resources that have shaken 2012 in this area. Since I use Twitter as a bookmarking platform, it seemed fun to compile a selection of links I've tweeted or re-tweeted during the last 12 months. This is also an opportunity to pay tribute to my colleagues, scripters, developers, trainers, and time-savers! Now make yourself comfortable and enter in the Productive Dome…
InGutter users often ask the following question: “When the script creates inner rules it also creates an inset around the whole frame. But my layout needs to go the full width of the text frame. How could I prevent InGutter from adding unwanted left and right inset?” The short answer is: you can't! OK, so can we deal with that constraint?
HurryCover is your one-stop solution for getting InDesign book cover layouts done on time the right way. Your job is to design eye-popping book covers in stunning layouts? OK, HurryCover's job is to make it easy, streamlined and productive. Get your entire book cover or dust jacket perfectly sized, press-ready, with fine-tuned spine, back and flaps. Better: use the PRO version to have it all resizable at will—spine width, finished dimensions, front and/or back flap—with respect to what is already laid out. Don't miss out on HurryCover if you are serious about making books!
Dealing with groups is a major headache for InDesign scripters. On one hand, the
Group object has no injection method to offer, which makes difficult to append existing page items into a given group. On the other hand, although the
Groups API exposes a promising
add() method, nobody has ever managed to use this feature from any
PageItem.groups area, so we seem doomed to perpetually rebuild groups from scratch.
My colleague and friend, Peter Kahrel, just put online the version 2.0 of his great eBook, “ScriptUI for Dummies”, a free PDF which teaches us everything about designing and scripting user interfaces based on the Adobe CS ScriptUI module.
As an InDesign scripter, you probably know that
Paragraphs—or any other collection—exposes a method named
anyItem() which randomly digs up a sample in the set. The only question is: what the hell can it be used for?
Affairé à délester mes répertoires de vieux scripts InDesign antédiluviens, je tombe sur un petit utilitaire qui me semble encore digne d'emploi chez les orthotypographes. Sa mission ? Repositionner les appels de note avant toute ponctuation fermante, comme l'exige la tradition…
Here is the third episode of the Scripting Forum Roundup(s), a selection of 18 recommended discussions and sample codes which I have contributed to over the last six months. Enjoy!
We are proud to announce today the BETA release of HurryCover 2 for InDesign CS4, CS5+, and CS6 (Mac/Win). This tool allows you to create perfectly sized hard covers or dust jackets which you can easily re-adjust the dimensions, the spine, the back and/or front flaps whenever you want. If the document needs to be updated according to new measurements, HurryCover automatically moves the layout components the required distance and ensures that guides and fold marks always fit the related dimensions. Feel free to bring below your feedbacks, reports, and ideas!
Theunis de Jong—aka Jongware—announces today the most spectacular script I have ever ran. IndyFont (for InDesign CS4, CS5+, and CS6) allows you to save any set of vector arts as a “real, true, valid OpenType font”…
InDesign CS6 is full of new features, which explains the size (98 pages) of the Object Members part in our tracking-change PDF below. Of course many additions regard interactivity, form behaviors and the related events. The Scripting DOM now includes the following ubiquitous collections:
textBoxes. A number of existing objects have been extended accordingly.
Besides, there are many interesting additions to discover and experiment. Have fun!
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