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Book/Tutorial Recommendations for Reference and Learning InDesign ExtendScript (or, UXP)?

Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Seeking recommendations for authoritative books and/or tutorials for both reference to InDesign scripting (ExtendScript and/or UXP) as well as for learning InDesign ExtendScripting/UXP coding.

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May 15, 2023 May 15, 2023

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Community Beginner ,
May 22, 2023 May 22, 2023

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Thank you very much for posting a reply...which (belatedly, my regrets) caused me to realize I should have clarified a point in my original question.

Because I was already aware of [most] of the cited resources, I should have qualified my question by requesting referrals to recent (say, within the preceding ~18 months, or so) resources which provide a more contemporary on-ramp to coding in InDesign.

To reaffirm: Apologies for my oversight, and thank you for taking the time to provide assistance; much appreciated!

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May 16, 2023 May 16, 2023

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Head over to https://developer.adobe.com/console/servicesandapis . Locate InDesign and download the "Scripting SDK" (the section is labeled "Scripting"). This is mostly 10+ years old documentation, and at least parts have been copied to the newer UXP pages at https://developer.adobe.com/indesign/uxp/ .

ExtendScript Toolkit also came with the Javascript Tools Guide, e.g. still available from https://github.com/Adobe-CEP/CEP-Resources/blob/master/ExtendScript-Toolkit/Guides/JavaScript%20Tool...

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May 22, 2023 May 22, 2023

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[As mentioned in the "Reply," above...] Thank you very much for posting a reply...which (belatedly, my regrets) caused me to realize I should have clarified a point in my original question.

Because I was already aware of [most] of the cited resources, I should have qualified my question by requesting referrals to recent (say, within the preceding ~18 months, or so) resources which provide a more contemporary on-ramp to coding in InDesign.

To reaffirm: Apologies for my oversight, and thank you for taking the time to provide assistance; much appreciated!

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May 22, 2023 May 22, 2023

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Because I was already aware of [most] of the cited resources, I should have qualified my question by requesting referrals to recent (say, within the preceding ~18 months, or so) resources which provide a more contemporary on-ramp to coding in InDesign.

I bought Adobe UXP plugins development with React JS by Davide Barranca. It's about Photoshop, but the same approach would work for InDesign when UXP becomes fully available in the upcoming version. The book (version 1.0.1) was published on Jan 7, 2022. And it was updated (and the demo projects ) a few days ago on May 14, 2023.
So far, that's the best resource I could find on the new technology.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 23, 2023 May 23, 2023

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Hi there,

 

So, we only launched UXP scritping in InDesign last October (with UXP plugins coming this summer). It's possible that's not enough time for anyone to write a new book about it, especially since it's still under development.

 

That said, this author reached out to my team about their book on InDesign, which came out in November 2022:

 

or

 

Note that this is a paid resource.

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