I know what you’re thinking. “Scripts, like programming, or code, or left-brain stuff. No thanks, I’ll just keep doing this the same old way ‘cause it works.” Please…keep reading!
InDesign offers you so many efficiency tools and time-saving shortcuts. The more you use them, the more you discover and the more efficiency you and your workflow enjoy. One of InDesign’s little known secrets is found buried under the Window menu. Under Window you’ll find a Utilities submenu. Further down you’ll see an item named Scripts.
No other feature can save you as much time, trouble, and money as scripting. Almost anything you can do with the user interface, you can do with a script. You can draw frames, enter and format text, place graphics, print or export the pages of the document and so much more.
Have you ever had to place a 28-page pdf file into InDesign, maybe as a section in a document or a chapter in a book? With InDesign’s “PlaceMultipagePDF” script, you’ll no longer have to drop each pdf page onto the layout because the script will build all the pages for you! How about those text stories that flow from page to page or even article to article? One healthy-sized change near the front end of the body of text and your subsequent text has all moved! “I’ll just break the link to the next text frame,” you say. Can you figure out how to? Maybe! The “SplitStory” script performs this task in less than a second. Need to add crop marks to an object in your layout? Use the “CropMarks” script.