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InDesign 2020 script: ImageCatalog script is not working

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I was trying to batch place images yesterday in InDesign 2020 with the "ImageCatalog" script. I was able to double click the script, it popped up a window to select the folder of images (that I had on my desktop in a folder named "images") and then nothing. No other window came up for me to specify what I wanted to happen. I restarted my computer, checked for updates (there were none) and tried again. Same thing happened, let me select the folder of images and then nothing happened at all after that. Is this a bug?

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In the InDesign Scripts Panel are several folders.

 

One has the name Samples.

Samples contains the folders AppleScript and JavaScript when you are on OS X.

Both folders should contain the same scripts, but written in different scripting languages.

 

Could be that you used the one in the AppleScript folder. And that failed silently.

Then try the one that comes with the JavaScript folder.

 

FWIW: Hope you have the visibility of file suffixes enabled in Finder.

Then you should see the script file names with the suffixes jsx (ExtendScript/JavaScript) or scrpt ( AppleScript ).

 

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InDesign 2020 script: ImageCatalog script is not working

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I was trying to batch place images yesterday in InDesign 2020 with the "ImageCatalog" script. I was able to double click the script, it popped up a window to select the folder of images (that I had on my desktop in a folder named "images") and then nothing. No other window came up for me to specify what I wanted to happen. I restarted my computer, checked for updates (there were none) and tried again. Same thing happened, let me select the folder of images and then nothing happened at all after that. Is this a bug?

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Correct answer by Laubender | Adobe Community Professional

In the InDesign Scripts Panel are several folders.

 

One has the name Samples.

Samples contains the folders AppleScript and JavaScript when you are on OS X.

Both folders should contain the same scripts, but written in different scripting languages.

 

Could be that you used the one in the AppleScript folder. And that failed silently.

Then try the one that comes with the JavaScript folder.

 

FWIW: Hope you have the visibility of file suffixes enabled in Finder.

Then you should see the script file names with the suffixes jsx (ExtendScript/JavaScript) or scrpt ( AppleScript ).

 

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Uwe Laubender

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What's the file type of your images?

Maybe the script does not support them.

 

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Workaround: Install InDesign CC 2019 and run the script from that version.

 

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rgb .jpg file format.

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Hi,

just tested the script ImageCatalog.jsx ( that's the ExtendScript / JavaScript ) version on a folder with several image types; No issues found with JPEG files. A new document with the placed images was created.

 

InDesign 2020 version 15.0.0.155 on Windows 10.

 

What's your operating system?

Did you test with the AppleScript version of the script? With the VBScript version perhaps?

If that's the case just try the version of the script in the JavaScript folder of your Scripts Panel:

ImageCatalog.jsx

 

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Hi, I am upgraded to the latest Mac OS: Catalina 10.15.1 so maybe that is the issue or "bug".

Thank you for trying to help.

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Hm. So did you test the AppleScript or the JavaScript version of the script?

Or: Maybe something's special with the folder path where the images are saved?

Try again with a folder on your Desktop.

 

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Ah. Sorry. You already tested with a folder on your Desktop…

 

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Not sure if I used AppleScript or JavaScript, I used the script that came with InDesign within InDesign. Not sure where I would find the other script.

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