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Automatically placing Images(18) from a file into frames (18).

Community Beginner ,
Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

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Hi I want to automate placing images manually into selected frames.

There is 18 different frames (6) large, (6) medium, (6) small. 

Currently I have to manually place the images in these frames from a selected file. 

Is there a script or feature that allows me to automate this workflow? 

Attached below are images of the template before and after images are placed. 

 

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Community Expert , Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

Assuming they are always the same aspect ratio and you have autofitting configured in your template, and placement location doesn't matter, then this should work: 

 

var afs = File.openDialog("Choose all the photos", "*", true);
try { var doc = app.activeDocument; } catch(e) { exit(); } 
var apis = doc.allPageItems;
var n = apis.length;
var i = 0;
if (n !== afs.length) { alert("Number of files selected doesn't match rectangles on page. Placing as much as we can."); }
for (i; i < n; i++) {
    tr
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I can't help with scripting, though likely someone else can, but do you know you can load all 18 files at one, and then just drop them into the frames, as a regular InDesign feature?

 

~Barb

2022-11-15_19-01-59 (1).gif

 

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Community Beginner ,
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Hi Barb Thanks for the reply. 

Yes I know about this feature however I want to automate the process of placing in the images one by one. 

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Hmmh?

The placement of the 18 images is done with the Place Gun in frames with the automatic adjustment option with 18 clicks in a few seconds. The development of a customised script, on the other hand, could take several hours.

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Correct, however I'm processing upwards to 10 of these files a day and expecting more. 

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@pixxxelschubser You are referring to the action barb posted above correct?

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That is correct.

 

But maybe I'm wrong and misjudge the time required for script creation (I actually script mainly for Illustrator and therefore I'm not the right person for you 😉 ). So let's just wait and see what the InDesign scripters have to say.

 

If you need to do it quickly, you can always hire a scripter.

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Assuming they are always the same aspect ratio and you have autofitting configured in your template, and placement location doesn't matter, then this should work: 

 

var afs = File.openDialog("Choose all the photos", "*", true);
try { var doc = app.activeDocument; } catch(e) { exit(); } 
var apis = doc.allPageItems;
var n = apis.length;
var i = 0;
if (n !== afs.length) { alert("Number of files selected doesn't match rectangles on page. Placing as much as we can."); }
for (i; i < n; i++) {
    try { 
        apis[i].place(afs[i]);
    } catch(e) {}
}

 

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
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Hello Brian thanks for the reply and script.

I'm getting an error running the script. I'm sure its something super simple but I have no Javascript experience. 

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Error was a mistake on my end.

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I had inserted an extra bracket that I removed on edit after I spotted it. Glad you got it working. 

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Brian's Code works! Thanks appreciate the reply.

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