Indiscripts

How to Operate IndexMatic & BookBarcode in InDesign CC

For the time being, neither IndexMatic nor BookBarcode is supposed to properly work in InDesign CC. New releases are being implemented, but this takes much more time than expected. Anyway a few weeks ago Eddy Van Hoeke from Scriptopedia found an amazing trick that makes both iX² and bB virtually compatible with the latest InDesign versions. And it boils down to one instruction…

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What's New in IndyFont 1.135

IndyFont (OpenType Font Builder for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)IndyFont v. 1.135 is out with a ton of new features and improvements: manage an extended set of OpenType features, instantly declare alternates for the selected glyphs, use the Effects panel to easily generate “faux italics”, condensed typefaces, sharp-edged forms, and much more. Give a look at the fully updated manual (40 pages) and get ready to create your own OpenType fonts from within InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC (including CC 2014)…

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Coordinate Spaces & Transformations in InDesign — Chap.1-2

(New chapter!) Dealing with coordinate spaces and transformation matrices is one of the most obscure and underappreciated exercises in InDesign scripting and programming. The fault mainly lies with Adobe documentation, especially the Scripting DOM reference, which does not clearly explain the topic and some of its essential keys. The following document (PDF, Chapters 1-2) attempts to shed some light on the beast…

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Scripts & Goodies You May Have Missed

Hey new visitors and InDesign fans! You probably haven't noticed the discreet question mark in the navigation bar, which connects you to the Help page. You'll find there a bunch of internal links, scripts, and goodies. Enjoy!

Découvrez HurryCover en 8 mn !

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Wordalizer 1.5 | Create Word Clouds in InDesign CS4-CC!

Wordalizer 1.5 for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CCHere is the new release of our coolest InDesign toy! Wordalizer 1.5 for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC can now digest large corpus (up to 1,000 entries) and generate many styles of word clouds, based on geometrical patterns, color themes, or even multiple fonts! Open any source document (or book) and let Wordalizer extract the meaningful vocabulary from your text. Edit the word list as needed and adjust the settings according to your mood.

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InDesign Scripting Forum Roundup #6

Just by chance, the new episode of our ISFR series focuses on two topics often considered the most complex in InDesign scripting: page coordinates on the one hand, tables and cells on the other. Here are some enlightening discussions in these areas…

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Wordalizer 1.5 BETA [OBSOLETE]

For a few days the beta version of Wordalizer 1.5 for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC was downloadable for free. This offer is now obsolete.

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ExtendScript Core Entities Diagram

Exploring the prototypal relationships between basic ExtendScript's entities reveals an interesting network of hidden objects. The following diagram shows that ExtendScript's own implementation of JavaScript is deeply connected with a root function (referred to as [[Function]] in the figure) which provides the actual prototype—that is, the __proto__ property—of many visible objects, including Function and Object themselves…

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HurryCover 2.025 is out!

What is the most effective way to manage book covers in InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC? Give a try to HurryCover!

“Do You Plan to Have your Products CC-Compliant?!”

A lot of users and customers are anxiously awaiting updates of BookBarcode, IndexMatic, and other Indiscripts' tools that still refuse to properly work in InDesign CC. “Why does it take so long to have my favorite script running in my new environment?”, they ask…

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Getting Started with IndyFont Pro

Our friend Mike Rankin (editor in chief of CreativePro.com and InDesign Mag) has recently released a rich Font Management Essential Training course at Lynda.com. Among many topics (TrueType vs. PostScript vs. OpenType; using web fonts; installing, activating and deactivating fonts; using Mac Font Book or Suitcase Fusion; identifying fonts…) Mike discusses creating fonts in InDesign. His screencast is an excellent introduction to IndyFont and, the icing on the cake, Lynda's team has agreed to offer free access to it. Thanks to them all :)

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InTetris for InDesign CS5/CS6/CC

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InDesign Scripting Forum Roundup #5

As pointed out by Davide Barranca in his recent Open Letter to (Adobe) Devs scripting resources appear very sparse on the Internet. At some level, this ISFR series is an attempt to keep interesting codes, snippets, and knowledge visible to InDesign scripters, from various discussions I have participated in during the last months. Let's get to the heart of the matter…

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IndyFont | Fabriquer un faux italique en 7 mn chrono !

IndyFont peut transformer en police OpenType tout ce qui est « vectoriellement valide » dans InDesign. Ainsi, étant donné un échantilonnage de glyphes issus d'une police de caractères offrant seulement le style romain, rien n'est plus facile que de transformer ces glyphes par inclinaison puis d'exporter le jeu résultant comme une nouvelle police de caractères. À titre d'exemple, voyons comment générer une déclinaison oblique de la police Impact LT…

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StyLighter 1.4 for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC

StyLighter for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC) Seeing is believing! StyLighter 1.4 is out and should now support InDesign CC on both Mac and Windows platforms. As already explained here this script is entirely based on a 'deep hook,' it takes advantage of an aborted functionality which Adobe has never even officially mentioned. But that great hidden feature is somewhat fossilized in the bowels of InDesign and still seems to work fine in CC (albeit with some limitations). Thanks to this, StyLighter allows you to easily visualize how paragraph and character styles are applied in your document.

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Page Range Formatter

Given an unordered set of page numbers—e.g. {13, 9, 25, 12, 11, 8}—we often have to compute and output a range specification in the form "8-9; 11-13; 25". While this topic has been already discussed in the InDesign scripting forum, I'd like to explore today a slightly different approach…

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The ‘Collect Everything’ Trick

Given an InDesign document, how to exhaustively collect every persistent object it embeds in a single pass? The following snippet solves the problem in the blink of an eye…

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IndexMatic 2 | Frequently Asked Questions [UPDATE]

IndexMatic (JS Script for InDesign)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.

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FontMixer | Extend Typefaces in InDesign CS5/CS6/CC

FontMixer, free script for InDesign CS5/CS6/CC)So you have discovered a beautiful typeface that you want to leverage for your layout. Unfortunately some accented characters, diacritics, or needed symbols are missing. Thanks to IndyFont you can easily create a complementary font that will provide those missing glyphs. Then, as an experienced InDesign user, you'll probably be tempted to manage the whole character set through GREP styles. FontMixer offers a very cool alternative based on a secret feature available in InDesign CS5 and later…

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