SnippetsMini-scripts and short re-usable samples.
March 07, 2011 | Snippets | en
The InDesign Scripting Forum is an ideal place to post scripting recipes and to address technical issues. I learn a lot from its famous contributors —Dave Saunders, Harbs, Jongware, Peter Kahrel, Kasyan Servetsky, Marijan Tompa… At odd times I post my own brainchilds. Here is a small selection of snippets and topics that I think are worthwhile.
In May 2010, Loïc Aigon and I have written the first draft of ReportPageHyphens, a quite basic script which is used to inventory all unattractive hyphens that occur between two pages. The preliminary version of RPH has been released in Scriptopedia and was supposed to work in InDesign CS4. Since then we have found several bugs and issues. Some of them have been reported in Scriptopedia's comment page, or in the Adobe InDesign forum. The main user request was that the script can also identify unwanted hyphens that appear in footnotes. Should we try a new approach?
To be quite honest, I do not believe for a second that this script has a future! JpegSplorer for InDesign is nothing but an attempt to push ScriptUI to its utmost limits...
November 11, 2010 | Snippets | en
Need to have a page border on your job up until it goes to the printer? PageBorder quickly creates a temporary customizable black border around the active page, or every page, of your InDesign document. The script is compatible with ID CS3, CS4, and even CS5 which allows multiple page sizes per document.
July 13, 2010 | Snippets | fr
Comme l'avait souligné Thomas Phinney dans son célèbre billet « World-Ready Composer in Adobe CS4 », InDesign embarque depuis la CS4 une ribambelle d'outils secrets capables de gérer l'écriture de droite à gauche propre à certaines langues, la bidirectionnalité et autres fonctionnalités qu'on pensait jusqu'alors réservées à InDesign ME. Ces goodies restent peu documentés mais sont déjà largement expérimentables grâce au scripting.
Ok, we have a way to move back footnotes into our main story (see ‘UnFoot’, August 2009). Now is it possible to reverse the operation? More generally, how to convert markup text into footnotes through InDesign? Here is a simple ReFoot script for CS4++ users...
“Rotate the spread view” is a nice feature introduced in InDesign CS4. It will prevent you from getting a stiff neck when working on rotated contents such as book spine or landscape tables. Great! Now the bad news: it seems that the DOM does not provide any means to check a rotated spread by scripting. No property, no access method. So what?
December 01, 2009 | Snippets | en
The task of reinjecting the InDesign footnotes into your main text might seem unusual, but there are some circumstances where you will be happy to have the “UnFoot” script close at hand.
When he was working on the terrific Ibsen's “Brand” eBook, Klaus Nordby asked me for a little gadget to finish off the building of his work. He needed a “page-timeline-indicator” graphic at the bottom, which visualizes the exact place the reader is currently reading. So what the book designer wanted for Christmas (or before!) was a neat InDesign script which automatically calculates such a timeline walker and shows the input. Let us see how Klaus' prayer has been answered...
InDesign is definitely not a solution for web designers. For example, look at the Swatches panel, isn't it the worst tool to select or create “web colors” in the #rrggbb hexadecimal format? Fortunately, the ScriptUI elements bring a way to build our own “Web Color Picker”, interacting with the swatches.
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