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When I place formated text from Open Office or Scrivener, InDesign removes italics. I've tried style mapping and some other techniques I've found on this forum. They have not worked for me.
As a workaround, what I have to do is underline the italic text before exporting (ID doesn’t lose underline), then find and change the style in ID after I place it. I do long documents, so this is not the most productive way to work. Why is this so difficult for ID to do? I hope someday it can be fixed. I use 15.1.3 (far as I can go on this Mac).
Any ideas on how to make this correctly?
I don't know about Scrivener, but InDesign can import Word files and keep local overrides for character styles. There's an excellent online video tutorial on Word and InDesign integration on LinkedIn Learning by Anne-Marie Concepción, you can get 30-days free access.
Thanks for this. I will definately look into it. I'm not keen on signing up for LinkedIn. It took me forever to get them from stop sending me spam. I don't want to open that can of spam again. Maybe I can find it somewhere else.
What makes you think that it's an InDesign issue? Have you reached out to Open Office or Scrivener?
Text styles being removed is not normal.
There's a post here - and apparently it's a known issue
I suggest you don't use Open Office or Scrivener - but use something else that doesn't do this.
Everyting works fine between Open Office and Scriviner when it comes to italics, so I was thinking the problenm is with ID. But maybe not. I have asked for help on other forums as well. This problem has been going on for some time. I can't just switch writing apps. My wife is the main writer. She's blind and uses Scriviener becuse it's easier for her to organize her books with it. It's a great app.
Well - that makes sense.
The problem seems to be way Scrivener applies the Italics - it doesn't seem to use italics the same way as other apps.
So it uses say Times New Roman and uses an internal font structure called TNRI (Times New Roman Italics) - which can't be read be external programs - including MS Word.
The solution - from what I've read - is to apply a character that isn't normally used in seting the text something like a ¬ to show where the italics is
So it would read something like ¬it was the best of times¬
And you can then find that text in InDesign and apply the italics - then remove the character.
I know it's not ideal - but seems to be what others are doing.
The other option of course is to make it Underline as you were doing - and find replace the underline to italics - which is most sensible approach I feel.
I've been doing something similar. I undrlive the text that's uspposed to be italic and then do a find change in ID after placing the text.
When you Place the file ensure that Show Import Options is turned on.
In the dialog box ensure that Preserve Local Overrides is turned on.
Using this method I was able to preserve italics on imported text.
I appreciate you going the trouble of putting that together. I've done all that stuff like a thousand times. It doesn't make a bit of differnce here.
Indesign imports other font styles but won't import italics for me. I know there is a way to fix this, becasue I did it like 5 books ago. But I forgot how I did it, and I think it was kind of a pain anyway, like replacing fonts every time I placed a file.
Have you experimented with saving your Open Office document as a Word document and Placing that into your InDesign document using the Microsoft Word Import facility, as described earlier in this thread?
Yes. I do save them as Word documents. I've tried from both Scriviner and Open Office.
Thank you. No worries.
This is a wild stab in the dark but could changing the font in your source document help?
Yes, I've tried that, too. I ran out of ideas a long time ago, so I appreciate any and all. I'm at a loss. Underlining the text that needs italics and doing a find/replace in ID once it's placed is the easiest and fastest workaround so far.
Cheers. And you're sure the default font you are using in InDesign supports italics?
Yes, most definitely. I usally use Adobe fonts. My favorite is Garamond. But I've tried many differnt fonts. It hasn't solved the problem. And I just tried again to make sure. Nope. Boo!
Best of luck mate. Hopefully someone else will come up with the solution.
Note – Direct formatting in Word is called Local formatting in InDesign.
Thanks, but I don't know what that means or how to make use of that information.
If you follow the free for 30-days detailed Word to InDesign LinkedIn Learning course I mentioned it will explain all:
Much appreciated. Thank you! I'll have to watch that with the trial. Maybe LinkedIn has settled down with its spam.
After reading some more posts and articles on this, I finally remebered how I got this to work before. Forgive me if someone suggested this and I didn't act on it. I tried it before I made my first post but it didn't work. This time, however, I must have done it right.
In Open Office, create a character style for italics and apply it to all italic text. Give it a name like "italics1"
Create a character style in ID with the same exact name. When you place the file, make sure "Use InDesign Style Definition” is selected for Style Conflicts in the import window.
one thing you can also try. Copy and paste.
With the help of a script written by Marc Autret:
RichPaste | Copy and Paste with Minimal Formatting [UPDATE]
Marc Autret, April 06, 2016
When it comes to pasting text from another document or application, InDesign provides two options, either keeping the original text attributes, fonts, styles (the full 'Paste' feature), or removing all attributes ('Paste without formatting'.) We also have tools and preferences in the field of style mapping, but on many occasions these features do not fit the need of dealing quickly with basic formatting problems. Here RichPaste comes to the rescue…
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Thank you for this. I think I'm going to have to do a complete clean install of InDesign, because this script doesn't even work for me. I mean, it works as far as pasting goes, but the italcis are still lost. So frustrating!
Thanks for the help. I was excitied to get this script. I'm sure it will come in useful when I get this problem cleared up. Urgh!
that Marc's script is not working does not mean you have a faulty installation of InDesign!
Could well be, that the italic formatting is not transported to the clipboard the way the script code is expecting this.
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Thanks. Yeah, I read that in the release notes.