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How to: Unlinking or Unthread Text Boxes in InDesign

New Here ,
Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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Hello,

I'm working on 300 pages report, how can I break the thread between chapters? please see the figure blow:
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Note: I'm using InDesign CC 2015 on Mac

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LEGEND , Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016
/*------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------StorySplitter------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------An InDesign CS/CS2/CS3 JavaScript by FourAces© The Final Touch 2006Version 3.0.0Splits the selected Story to separate Text Frames, while maintaining their contents.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ...

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Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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What the problem with to unthread and cut-paste overset to next chapter frame?

You can also use splitstory.jsx (default script in indesign), but than will need to recreate needed threads.

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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Thank you GeorgeS,
Is there another way to do that.. the document I'm working on is huge, "unthread" and "cut-paste" will take a lot of time.

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Mentor ,
Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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Do you actually need to split the threads or is your goal to force a chapter start on a new page?

(Insert Break Character - Page Break - Odd Page Break - Even Page Break)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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I like each chapter to be its own story, myself. It prevents unintentional page count changes during editing while warning you about overset text. Dave Saunders wrote a script to divide a story at any given frame which will work well for this: JavaScripting InDesign: Script of the Day -- Divide Story into Two

Not sure how many versions newer than CS it will run in natively, but if it fails, it should run if you put it in a subfolder of the scripts panel folder named Version 3.0 Scripts (the name is case sensitive).

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LEGEND ,
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Hi George,

StorySplitter_AdiRavid.jsx

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/*

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------

StorySplitter

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------

An InDesign CS/CS2/CS3 JavaScript by FourAces

© The Final Touch 2006

Version 3.0.0

Splits the selected Story to separate Text Frames, while maintaining their contents.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------

*/

var myScriptVer = "3.0";

if(app.documents.length != 0){

          var mySelection = app.activeDocument.selection;

          if(mySelection.length != 0){

                    myObjectType = mySelection[0].constructor.name;

                    if(myObjectType == "TextFrame"){

                              //The Interface Dialog

                              var myDialog = app.dialogs.add({name:"Story Splitter v"+ myScriptVer});

                              with(myDialog){

                                        with(dialogColumns.add()){

                                                  with (dialogRows.add()){

                                                            with(borderPanels.add()){

                                                                      var mySplitOptions = radiobuttonGroups.add();

                                                                      with(mySplitOptions){

                                                                                radiobuttonControls.add({staticLabel:"Split All Frames", checkedState:true});

                                                                                radiobuttonControls.add({staticLabel:"Split Before Selected Frame"});

                                                                                radiobuttonControls.add({staticLabel:"Split After Selected Frame"});

                                                                      }

                                                            }

                                                  }

                                                  with (dialogRows.add()){

                                                            staticTexts.add({staticLabel:"© The Final Touch"});

                                                  }

                                        }

                              }

                              var myResult = myDialog.show({name:"SplitOptions"});

                              if(myResult == true){

                                        var myStory = mySelection[0].parentStory;

                                        if(app.version.split(".")[0] >= 5){

                                                  var myTextFrames = myStory.textContainers;

                                        }

                                        else{

                                                  var myTextFrames = myStory.textFrames;

                                        }

                                        var myStoryFramesCount = myTextFrames.length;

                                        if(myStoryFramesCount > 1){

                                                  for(f = 0; f < myStoryFramesCount; f++){

                                                            if (mySelection[0] == myStory.textFrames){

                                                                      var myTextFrame = f;

                                                            }

                                                  }

                                                  switch(mySplitOptions.selectedButton){

                                                            case 0:

                                                                      mySplitAll();

                                                                      break;

                                                            case 1:

                                                                      mySplitBefore();

                                                                      break;

                                                            case 2:

                                                                      mySplitAfter();

                                                                      break;

                                                  }

                                        }

                                        else{

                                                  alert("Are You Kidding Me?!\nThe Story you selected has only ONE text frame.");

                                        }

                              }

                    }

                    else{

                              alert("Wrong Selection\nYou selected the wrong type of object. Please select a Text Frame.");

                    }

          }

          else{

                    alert("No Selection Made.\nPlease select a Story to split.");

          }

}

else{

          alert("No Active Document Found.\nPlease open an InDesign document and select a Story to split.");

}

//----------------------------------------------------------------------------

function mySplitAll(){

          for(i = 0; i < myStoryFramesCount; i++){

                    myTextFrames.duplicate();

          }

          for(i = 0; i < myStoryFramesCount; i++){

                    if(app.version.split(".")[0] >= 5){

                              myTextFrames.remove();

                    }

                    else{

                              myTextFrames[0].remove();

                    }

          }

}

function mySplitBefore(){

          if(mySelection[0].previousTextFrame == null){

                    alert("Unable Break Thread.\nThe selected Text Frame is the FIRST text frame of the thread.");

          }

          else{

                    var myBfBreakFrame = mySelection[0].previousTextFrame;

                    var myAfBreakFrame = mySelection[0];

                    var myBreakStory = myBfBreakFrame.parentStory;

                    mySelection[0].previousTextFrame = null;

                    if(myBfBreakFrame.overflows == true){

                              var myOversetText = myBreakStory.texts.itemByRange(myBfBreakFrame.insertionPoints[-1],myBreakStory.insertionPoints[-1]);

                              myOversetText.select();

                              app.cut();

                              app.select(myAfBreakFrame.insertionPoints[0]);

                              app.paste();

                    }

          }

}

function mySplitAfter(){

          if(mySelection[0].nextTextFrame == null){

                    alert("Unable Break Thread.\nThe selected Text Frame is the LAST text frame of the thread.");

          }

          else{

                    var myBfBreakFrame = mySelection[0];

                    var myAfBreakFrame = mySelection[0].nextTextFrame;

                    var myBreakStory = myBfBreakFrame.parentStory;

                    mySelection[0]          .nextTextFrame = null;

                    if(myBfBreakFrame.overflows == true){

                                        var myOversetText = myBreakStory.texts.itemByRange(myBfBreakFrame.insertionPoints[-1],myBreakStory.insertionPoints[-1]);

                              myOversetText.select();

                              app.cut();

                              app.select(myAfBreakFrame.insertionPoints[0]);

                              app.paste();

                    }

          }

}

When a script is greatly written, it's for eternity! It works perfectly with ID CC!

Thanks a lot Adi! 

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Sep 25, 2017 Sep 25, 2017

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Thank you, great plugin! It works fine with ID CC2017

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