Indiscripts

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Mini-scripts and short re-usable samples.

ShowHideQuotes : révélateur de citations

Le script ShowHideQuotes permet de révéler / masquer automatiquement les passages entre guillemets du document actif.

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Transforming Spreads in InDesign CS4-CS5!

Wanna scale, rotate, skew spreads in InDesign? This ‘feature’ is available since CS4!

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A Simple Script to Fix Table Widows

FixTableWidows in action (InDesign CS4/CS5).

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InDesign Scripting Forum: 25 ‘sticky’ posts [roundup]

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.

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Report Page Hyphens 2.0 (beta)

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?

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ScriptUI Challenge: JPEG Links Explorer

JpegSplorer: script for InDesign CS4/CS5 (Windows interface).

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...

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My First Extendables’ Script for InDesign

A few days ago, Stijn Debrouwere has disclosed Extendables, an unprecedented open source framework for Adobe ExtendScript. So exciting! This project will interest many script developers, especially those dealing with InDesign. “If you're doing any serious scripting, Extendables will definitely make your life easier,” Stijn said. “It includes some of the newer Javascript 1.6+ Array methods like forEach, useful shortcuts/monkeypatches and modules for logging, HTTP connections and creating user interfaces.” I tested for you this yet young but already powerful scripting catalyst.

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PageBorder | Show your Clients the Limits!

PageBorder UI (script for InDesign CS3-CS5).

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.

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Composer en arabe sous InDesign CS4

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.

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Show Local Formatting in InDesign CS4/CS5

Show Local Formatting in InDesign

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ReFoot: Convert Markup Text into InDesign Footnotes

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...

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FlyingButtons: a Script to Automate PDF Portfolios

Download the sample PDF generated by FlyingButtons

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Dealing with Rotated Spread Views in a Script

“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?

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Swapping and Reordering Pages

The InDesign Pages panel lets you manually rearrange the pages of your publication. To move pages around in the work document, it's just needed to click and drag the page icon(s) within the railroad —while paying attention to ‘shuffling’ effects! JavaScript allows you to automate the same handling, which can be very useful when you have a number of pages to switch.

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Restoring the Footnotes into the Story

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.

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Take a Walk on the Timeline

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...

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Web Color Picker

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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