I'm trying to speed up the page design process for a newspaper with very limited resources.
we need a script that will make patterned text and convert it to fully designed and styled frames.
The objective is :
1. copy the text from web bowser (internal workflow).
2. In indesign :
-creat title frame + 2 linked frames under the title.
- past the first paragraph into the title frame with specific style
- paste the rest of the text into the 2 linked frames uder the title frame and apply a diffent style.
3. The designers will then finish the design by pacing the created frames in the final position.
I have no experience in scripting and have reached the limit of what i can do with styles in indesign.
This will help greatly to reduce time spent on designing a newspaper page.the script can then be adopted to make other scripts for single column stories or multiple column stories..
I'm very greatful for any volunteers who help with this.
Thank you very much, this solved number 1...
Why not use Library items and proper application of Next Style? We used Library items all the time in my newspaper days. We would have different configurations based on column count, headline width, subhed or no subhed, image or no image, etc.
you said: "…3. The designers will then finish the design by pacing the created frames in the final position."
If this is a fixed position on a page you could prepare text frames with the exact position, also with applied paragraph styles. Then store them as snippet files (*.idms) or as assets for InDesign library files (*.indl) or store them in CC Library.
The position of the frames will be maintained if you place the snippet files or the assets from a library file.
It only needs a binding script that will place the assets and fill them with the appropriate contents.
You could contact Timothy Ariel Walden to expand the script you are like to use for step one.
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