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Library: Creative Design

 

Work smarter and faster by using a script to automate InDesign

Added on Wednesday 4th of November 2009 09:23 am EST

 

If you haven't noticed already in Creative Designer, there is a tiny version of our company logo which signifi es the end of an article. Using little symbols or icons is a common way for magazines and newsletters to let the reader know that it's the end of the story. We'll show you how you use a script to automatically add a diamond shaped Zapf Dingbat to the end of your stories while adding a visual landmark for your readers, as shown in FIGURE A.


Open AppleScript
AppleScript is a standard operating system utility. You'll fi nd the Apple- Script folder in the Applications folder Applications/AppleScript. Double-click on Script Editor to open the dialog box in which you'll enter our script.


Enter the code in Script Editor
Enter the script text in the top pane of the script window, as shown in FIGURE B. This text is the actual script and must be written precisely as shown. Add one too many spaces, leave out a hyphen, or spell one word incorrectly and the script won't work.


NOTE: Having trouble typing the Apple- Script? If so, please download the file SCRIPT.ZIP from the URL at the beginning of this arti...