Indiscripts

Reconsidering Array.sort( ) in ExtendScript/JavaScript — Part 2

In my previous post I introduced some key concepts and tools for benchmarking Array.sort() and took you through the “standard model” of optimizing the callback function. We also emphasized that, of course, it is impossible to go faster than the native method. If these clues made you sit up and take notice, it's time to go one step further…

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IndyFont Quick Demo | Add a “%OFF” Ligature

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Reconsidering Array.sort( ) in ExtendScript/JavaScript — Part 1

The pattern array.sort(compareFunc) is widely used by JavaScript programmers when elements being sorted are not supposed to represent basic strings in the sense of UTF16 ordered character sequences. In particular, sorting numbers forces you to provide that stupid custom compareNumbers routine which, in most cases, just looks like function(x,y){return x-y}. And even when you have to sort actual strings, there are countless situations where the default Unicode code point order is inappropriate. But a question arises: what is the performance cost of using a non-native comparison routine?

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Drawing Sine Waves in InDesign

Bézier curve approximation of sine waves

Computing Bézier curves that really look like sine waves is an exciting challenge for script developers. One needs to deal with both optimizing control points, transforming coordinate spaces and splitting curves. Here is a function that solves it all in ExtendScript for InDesign.

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InDesign Scripting Forum Roundup #7

Do you want to stretch your InDesign-scripting power? Check out the new episode of the ISFR series and improve your skills in managing text, characters, styles, page items, events… in an automated manner.

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Introducing RagingHull for InDesign CS4-CC

Having fun with InDesign bounding boxes!

RagingHull, free script for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)While studying bounding boxes and transformations I realized we could get nice patterns based on successive rotations applied to a given shape. As InDesign instantly determines the coordinates of the enclosing rectangle whatever the page item transform state, I had fun in drawing those boxes while varying strokes and angles. Jongware made similar experiments with its famous Spirographs script. RagingHull is just another free toy that reveals the bounds of a spinning object…

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‘Ultrafluid’ Line Wrap in InDesign

A typographer friend of mine wonders about the most convenient way to create text samples having arbitrary line wraps without hyphenation. Such layout is commonly used in foundries when preparing typographical specimens. Customers should be able to visualize the native behavior of the typeface without justification artifacts, therefore the sample text must be left-justified with no custom tracking/kerning/scaling applied…

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Wordalizer 2015 is out!

New version of Wordalizer will blow your eyes...

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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 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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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!

Here 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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