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How can I put Change Bar in Indesign?

Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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Hi everyone!

When working on technical documents we change/update something on page (a row, figure, text or table) and we want to put a sign (vertical line) next to  that row, column or figure affected from this change. By doing this we want to inform users that there is an update along that vertical line and attract their attention.

Another important thing is that vertical line shall move together with affected row, column etch.

This function works god in Framemaker but unfortunately now I have to do it in Indesign and could'nt achive.

If someone help me about this feature I will be appreciated.

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Community Expert , Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

I rely on the automatic change bars in FrameMaker, and agree that this is a great feature request for InDesign. This is a user-to-user forum – meaning users helping other users with the software – so please post this as a feature request here so that the InDesign engineering team will see it: https://indesign.uservoice.com/

 

The only idea I have for a workaround in InDesign is to use anchored frames—far from ideal.

 

~Barb

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Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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I rely on the automatic change bars in FrameMaker, and agree that this is a great feature request for InDesign. This is a user-to-user forum – meaning users helping other users with the software – so please post this as a feature request here so that the InDesign engineering team will see it: https://indesign.uservoice.com/

 

The only idea I have for a workaround in InDesign is to use anchored frames—far from ideal.

 

~Barb

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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Barb thanks a lot for your quick response by the way I posted my question as feature request to InDesign engineers. As to your advice anchored frames I have no idea I will try. Thanks again

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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Hi everyone..

I had a problem about change bar function in InDesign unfortunately it doesn't have that function (may be some of you know that function works good in Framemaker) and I followed Barb's advice (anchored object)now while working in InDesign page if I want to put a change bar left or right of the page by inserting anchored object  I can do it easily as you see below. I am grateful to you Barb.

 

 

 

do  deneme2-1.jpg

 

 

 

 

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Jun 04, 2020 Jun 04, 2020

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Happy to help. I mentioned this as a feature request to the InDesign team yesterday, as well.

 

~Barb

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Aug 16, 2022 Aug 16, 2022

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Hello, 

I am wondering if anything has changed in the last 2 years regarding the ability of InDesign to put vertical change bars next to changed information n a document. It would be a very helpful feature for my team and document reviewers. Thanks in advance.

Michelle

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Sep 02, 2023 Sep 02, 2023

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Anny Updates Barb?  Does Indesign will get the change bar feature. FYI I'm using Indesign to write aviation quality manuals and it is common to mark up revisions with the vertival lines. An update on this topic is most appreciated.

 

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Sep 03, 2023 Sep 03, 2023

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Hi,

 

There are commercial PlugIns that do this.

 

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Edited:

http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2012/02/change-barsnot-just-for-editing.html

 

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Sep 03, 2023 Sep 03, 2023

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@Arjen_Groeneveld - Any chance you could share some example document - for testing - with different users changes? You can send me a link on priv of course - your file will be 100% confidential.

 

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Sep 03, 2023 Sep 03, 2023

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Well, Barb is a user like all of us here, she has no more control over this than you and me. But, no, change bars haven't been added yet. Maybe in the collabarative/Cloud version, but that's not for everyone.

 

Vertical bars can be automated though. When you enable Tracking, the story editor shows you the changes (including vertical bars!). But that's visible only in the story editor, not in print. However, a script is possible to add the bars based on the Tracking markers.

 

PeterKahrel_0-1693732389823.png

 

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Sep 03, 2023 Sep 03, 2023

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Thanks for the new idea.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 15, 2024 Mar 15, 2024

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What is the script that adds a printable change bar?

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Mar 15, 2024 Mar 15, 2024

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What is the script that adds a printable change bar for InDesign 2024?

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Mar 15, 2024 Mar 15, 2024

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What is the script that adds a printable change bar for InDesign 2024?


By @Linda24415233u1d0

 

Are you looking for this plug-in:

 

https://www.kerntiff.co.uk/products-4-indesign/editmarks-change-side-bars

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