I have several hundred InDesign files containing an address that I must change. (We are moving our office to a new location.) Can this task be automated with a script?
I would classify myself as a mid-level InDesign user, but I have never done any scripting with it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Kasyan, I thank you for this. This looks like it would work, but it gets slightly beyond the edge of my knowledge envelope.
I think I understand the basics of the script and where to put my search and replace terms, but I don't understand how or where I run this script to process a lot of documents at once.
Peter Kahrel made a script called batch convert some time ago, and it's available from his website Free InDesign scripts | Peter Kahrel
This script points to a folder (and can include sub-folders) where the ID files are and then saves as PDF/ID/IDML etc, a full write-up of the script can be found here: https://indesignsecrets.com/creating-batch-pdfs.php
... but I don't understand how or where I run this script to process a lot of documents at once.
Download and install the scripts
Put all your files into one folder, or into the 'root' folder with subfolders (the script supports any levels of nested folders).
Run the batch processor and choose the settings
The final report
The processed files and original files (backups)
Is that so difficult to do?
"...Is that so difficult to do?..." I'm sure it is very easy, if you know how to do it and have done it before.
I have never done any scripting in InDesign. It's all new to me. And I am finding it to be a little over my head. However, I will dig into it and try to learn how to do this.
I have never done any scripting in InDesign. It's all new to me. And I am finding it to be a little over my head.
You don't have to do any scripting: I've done it for you. Just use scripts: that's easy. The FindChangeByList.jsx script is installed with every copy of InDesign. Open it, or the FindChangeList.txt file, in a text editor and read the detailed instructions at top. My version works in the same way but with many files.
To make it easier for you, I recommend you to use the Record Find Change script written by Martin Fisher. It writes the current find/change preferences to a text file so that you can copy and /paste them into a find-change list file.
Hope this helps.
Thanks again Kasyan.
When I said I had never done any scripting, I meant that I have never even USED a script when using InDesign. That's what I have to learn how to do with multiple documents.
I am going to be out of the office for the next couple of days. I will get back into this on Friday. I genuinely appreciate all the help you have given me. I'll figure it out somehow.
The link is not working can you repost? tyvm