Automatic Sequential Numbers That Aren't Pages

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Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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When I make storyboards I like to number each frame.  I'd like to know how to set up text boxes for the frame numbers so that they autofill sequentially, regardless how many pages I make.  Ex  1-6 on the first page, 7-12 on the second page, 13-18 etc...

 

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Marc

 

 

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Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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  1. Set up a text frame for each storyboard
  2. Chain them together
  3. Set the type in the first frame to a numbered list
  4. Insert a frame break character for each text frame, they will each have a consecutive number in them.

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Jan 08, 2020 Jan 08, 2020

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You do not need to chain the text frames. You can create a numbered paragraph style with a list. If you apply this paragraph style to each text frame, you'll get consecutive numbersCapture d’écran 2020-01-08 à 10.49.48.jpg

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May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021

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Please forgive me tagging on to an old thread. 

 

I don’t seem to get consecutive numbers across pages with either approach. 

The numbers only show if some break character is in the Text Frame but then the frames can’t be primaries so the numbering on the pages is exactly the same as on the master page. 

 

Is this as expected or am I overlooking something? 

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May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021

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The numbers only show if some break character is in the Text Frame

Not a break character, any one will trigger the numbering. I like to use space

 

but then the frames can’t be primaries so the numbering on the pages is exactly the same as on the master page.

You must override the master elements to see the actual numbers.

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May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021

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Thank you. 

 

Do I understand correctly that this can not be fully automated without a Script? 

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Yes, but since I am not a scripter…

What do you want to achieve? Maybe there is another solution.

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Similar to the original poster it is about numbering frames in multi-page storyboards (five per page in the current layout). 

 

I wonder if it would be possible to use Captions with the numbered Paragraph Style and somehow »hide« the metadata the Caption represents, that way one might be able to avoid numbering empty frames. 

 

Anyway: Thank you again for the help! 

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Jan 08, 2020 Jan 08, 2020

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Hi together,

as I understand the question by Marc: There should be a sequence of numbers in one paragraph.

A "from-to" situation.

 

I can see a way to do this with two components:

1. A numbered list that continues numbering accross stories.

2. Two Text Variables that pick up the first and the last occurance of the paragraphs with the numbered list on the page.

 

That's only part 1 of the solution.

 

Part 2 is to convert the numbers of the numbered list to plain text characters so that the text variables can pick up the actual numbers. Some screenshots to illustrate the idea below. From my German InDesign:

 

Part 1 set up. The text in the paragraphs of the numbered list could be formatted invisible with e.g. fill color [None] so that only the text is visible where the both text variables are used:

 

TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-LIVE-CC-2020.PNG

 

Part 2 after I converted the paragraphs where the numbering is used from auto-number to actual editable text.

Both text variables now pick up the actual numbers of the first and the last number on the page:

 

TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-CONVERTED-TO-TEXT-CC-2020.PNG

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Hi Marc,

some more details about my solution using two Running Header text variables together with a Numbering List:

 

If you are not familiar with text variables and running headers, read this:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/text-variables.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/numbering-pages-chapters-sections.html#create_variables_for_r...

 

You can download my sample InDesign documents with additional screenshots from my Dropbox account:

200108-1-NumberedList-plus-TextVariables-Define-FromTo.zip

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tj34c7q1v6jyoom/200108-1-NumberedList-plus-TextVariables-Define-FromTo.zip...

 

Use the paragraph style panel to convert numbering to text:

 

TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-CONVERT-TO-TEXT-CC-2020.png

 

Definition of the text variable for First on Page:TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-LIVE-1-CC-2020.PNG

Definition of the text variable for Last on Page:

TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-LIVE-2-CC-2020.PNG

 

How the numbering is done with the paragraph style. Note: You need a custom numebring list to define that numbering continues accross stories:

TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-LIVE-3-CC-2020.PNG

 

Fill color of the paragraph style used for the automatic numbering set to [None]:TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-LIVE-4-CC-2020.PNG

 

Definition of the custom Numbering List: Continue numbering accross stories

TextVariables-plus-Numbered-List-LIVE-5-CC-2020.PNG

 

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

 

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