InDesign CS5 Automation Using XML & JavaScript by Grant Gamble

By Grant Gamble

InDesign is now considered as the normal in computer publishing and is particularly generic by way of publishing pros and non-specialists alike. Many clients have a urgent desire for automation in their workflows yet were reluctant to start as a result of the loss of an easy inner mechanism for recording steps, like Photoshop and Illustrator actions.
Instead InDesign depends on scripting which, for lots of InDesign clients, could seem a bit an excessive amount of like exertions. actually, InDesign comes with all of the instruments priceless for developing scripts and scripting isn't really that difficult--it may be fun!
This e-book is geared toward the overall consumer and gives an creation to scripting InDesign, utilizing JavaScript to create basic cross-platform suggestions. It additionally offers a normal advent to XML, DTDs and XSLT, ahead of displaying find out how to automate the uploading and exporting of XML data.

  • Learn proactively via step by step tutorials on growing JavaScript ideas: the "Try it for yourself!" method lets you see for your self how scripts are positioned together.
  • Create scripts that manage textual content and photographs, construct files immediately and output them as interactive PDFs.
  • Become accustomed to the InDesign item version: as you're employed during the booklet, you are going to make repeated use of the fundamental syntax for manipulating InDesign items corresponding to rfile, pages, textual content frames, photos and preferences.
  • Create consumer interfaces to make your scripts extra versatile and straightforward. instead of simply developing scripts which continually practice an analogous steps, you are going to learn how to consumer ScriptUI to supply clients having the ability to make offerings that verify what the script will do.
  • Learn the way to automate XML import and export and supply an interface which permits the consumer to clear out import via providing parameter values.

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Item("Corporate blue") Using an ID Many InDesign objects also have an ID property, which is assigned to them automatically by the program and which can be used to uniquely identify them. itemByID (txtID); Targeting a range of objects To target a range of objects within a collection, use the itemByRange() method which returns a subset of objects from within a collection. ) SYNTAX SUMMARY ... itemByRange (from, to) Standard method of InDesign object collections Returns an array of objects extracted from the collection specified by myObjectCollection.

You can also clear the list of details completely by clicking on the Close All button in the top right of the viewer. 32 Figure 2-2: Removing an item from the details list Naturally, as soon as you quit the ESTK, your details list will be lost. However, The Object Model Viewer also offers a Favorites feature which enables you to permanently save any item you have viewed. Simply click on the Bookmark link in the bottom right of the detail item. Figure 2-3: Adding an item to the bookmarks in the Object Model Viewer To view your Bookmarks subsequently, click on the Bookmarks button in the bottom left of the dialog.

You wouldn't normally use a prompt to ask for this type of information: you would use a dialog with radio buttons or a drop down menu—but we will get to these interface elements later. As it stands, if the user enters the word “Landscape” (using any case combination), we will create a landscape page. If they enter any other string or leave the field blank, we will create a portrait page. toUpperCase() == “LANDSCAPE" This provides an easy method of ignoring the case of the text entered by the user.

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