Arithmetic in InDesign?

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Jan 30, 2018 Jan 30, 2018

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Is InDesign capable of basic arithmetic when you have a table full of data, like an Excel sheet? Let's say I have a table full of numbers, but no totals. Is there a way InDesign can do the math for me? Add/Subtract/Divide/Multiply?

Or is this done via script?

Anyone know a good script?

Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 30, 2018 Jan 30, 2018
No, not within the basic feature set of InDesign. As I have learned on this forum, scripting often renders my "how InDesign works out of the box, er, just downloaded from Adobe.com" answers incorrect. You might want to ask here: InDesign ScriptingWhat you can do though, is link an excel spreadsheet to an InDesign doc, so that editing the spreadsheet updates the numbers in the layout. Excel is great at math, so that may do it for you. See https://redokun.com/blog/link-indesign-tables-to-excel-spreadsheets...

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No, not within the basic feature set of InDesign. As I have learned on this forum, scripting often renders my "how InDesign works out of the box, er, just downloaded from Adobe.com" answers incorrect.

You might want to ask here: InDesign Scripting

What you can do though, is link an excel spreadsheet to an InDesign doc, so that editing the spreadsheet updates the numbers in the layout. Excel is great at math, so that may do it for you. See https://redokun.com/blog/link-indesign-tables-to-excel-spreadsheets​.

~Barb

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Take a look at DTPtools.com

DTP Tools - DTP Tools Cloud for Adobe InDesign

Specifically, the Active Tables plugin.

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Feb 01, 2018 Feb 01, 2018

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Depends how many tables you have. David @ IDEAS-Training has suggested a robust solution, note though that it is a paid plug-in.

There's a script I use called Calculs Raynaux that does basic maths to tables: Calculs Raynaux - Calculating script for Indesign

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Looks like the link was out of date. Try this link: https://labdal.net/en/hello-and-welcome-on-labdal-net/

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