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Delete empty picture boxes with specific Object Style applied

Explorer ,
Jan 30, 2024 Jan 30, 2024

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Hi,

I am looking for an Indesign .jsx script that...


1) Finds all picture boxes in the active document with a certain Object Style applied to them.
2) Then finds all of the above that are empty (ie have no image inside), then deletes them.


Something like this (my apologies for the rubbish attempt at Javascript, I don't know it!)...

// create a variable for finding all objects with the Object Style called "Delete If Empty"

var MyObjectStyle = app.findObjectPreferences.appliedObjectStyles = "Delete If Empty";

// write an if statement so if the frames are empty, delete them

if (MyObjectStyle.GraphicFrame.length < 0;) {

MyObjectStyle.GraphicFrame.delete;

}

Any help would be most appreciated,

Thank you 🙂

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Community Expert , Jan 30, 2024 Jan 30, 2024

Think this should do it. 

app.findObjectPreferences = null;
app.findObjectPreferences.appliedObjectStyles = "Delete If Empty";
var finds = app.activeDocument.findObject();
var i = finds.length;
while(i--) {
  if (!finds[i].graphics.length) { finds[i].remove(); }
}

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Community Expert , Jan 30, 2024 Jan 30, 2024

Another way - probably not as effective / speedy as @brianp311's solution:

 

 

main();
function main(){
var myPageItems = app.documents[0].allPageItems;

for(var n = myPageItems.length-1 ; n>=0 ; n--)
	{
		if(myPageItems[n].hasOwnProperty("graphics"))
		{
			if(!myPageItems[n].graphics.length)
			{
				if(myPageItems[n].appliedObjectStyle.name == "Delete If Empty")
				{
					myPageItems[n].remove();
				}
			};
		}
	}
}

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Expert ,
Jan 30, 2024 Jan 30, 2024

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Think this should do it. 

app.findObjectPreferences = null;
app.findObjectPreferences.appliedObjectStyles = "Delete If Empty";
var finds = app.activeDocument.findObject();
var i = finds.length;
while(i--) {
  if (!finds[i].graphics.length) { finds[i].remove(); }
}

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Explorer ,
Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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Thanks so much for helping. I just need to get my systems administrator to add that file. I will let you know how it goes.

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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Thanks @brianp311 - this worked like a charm...DeleteIfEmptyTwo-Before.pngDeleteIfEmptyTwo-After.png

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Jan 30, 2024 Jan 30, 2024

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Another way - probably not as effective / speedy as @brianp311's solution:

 

 

main();
function main(){
var myPageItems = app.documents[0].allPageItems;

for(var n = myPageItems.length-1 ; n>=0 ; n--)
	{
		if(myPageItems[n].hasOwnProperty("graphics"))
		{
			if(!myPageItems[n].graphics.length)
			{
				if(myPageItems[n].appliedObjectStyle.name == "Delete If Empty")
				{
					myPageItems[n].remove();
				}
			};
		}
	}
}

 

 

 

 

 

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You'd probably also want to do allPageItems to catch anything anchored or grouped.

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You'd probably also want to do allPageItems to catch anything anchored or grouped.


By @brianp311

 

Yeah, you are right, I've "ignored" it in the first, test version.

 

Fixed.

 

BUT ... it will probably fail - yours as well as you don't have try...catch either - when Group have only two items - like in one of the recent posts?

 

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Thanks so much. I can't test it just yet, as my systems administrator will need to add that file. I will let you know if it works.

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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@Robert TkaczykYours works perfectly too, thank you 🙂DeleteIfEmpty-Before.pngDeleteIfEmpty-After.png

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