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Script to automatically link page frames?

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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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After doing a data merge, I need all the text frames to link so they are all flowing together. Is there a script that will do that? possibly calling out a specific object style used for that text frame?

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Community Expert , Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

Name the text frame on your template layers panel before running the merge, then try this on the merged document.  In this case, the text frame would be named "templateFrame".

var ps = app.activeDocumment.pages;
var ct, nt;
for (var i = 0; i < ps.length - 1; i++) {
    ct = ps[i].textFrames.itemByName("templateFrame");
    nt = ps[i+1].textFrames.itemByName("templateFrame");
    ct.nextTextFrame = nt;
}

 

 

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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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This script may be what you need. 

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this one is merging multiple text frames on a page, my data merge exports out 100 pages with one frame per page and I need to link all the text frames across the document. this doesnt work for that

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in that case, maybe the script in this thread will be of help. 

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i tried that one and it wasnt working. Thank you though ... which some more creative searching, I found this one and works! https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/data-merge-multiple-entries-in-single-text-box/t...

 

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Name the text frame on your template layers panel before running the merge, then try this on the merged document.  In this case, the text frame would be named "templateFrame".

var ps = app.activeDocumment.pages;
var ct, nt;
for (var i = 0; i < ps.length - 1; i++) {
    ct = ps[i].textFrames.itemByName("templateFrame");
    nt = ps[i+1].textFrames.itemByName("templateFrame");
    ct.nextTextFrame = nt;
}

 

 

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thank you! being able to call out the specific frame will be immensly helpful!

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Cool. To clarify, don't use quotes when naming the frame in your layers panel. 

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yep, I'm slowly getting there with my scripting so I recognize the use of them in this script. thanks!

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