Selecting similar objects

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Jun 29, 2020 Jun 29, 2020

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Hi Adobe

I'm missing the function to select objects with properties like the one currently selected, the "select same stroke" or "same color" etc. Is that not possible in Indesign?

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 29, 2020 Jun 29, 2020
Hi janus, well, you could use Find Object instead. Of course the Adobe Illustrator feature is easier to use and the found objects are selected all together. With InDesign's Find Object you can select them only one by one.   Regards,Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 29, 2020 Jun 29, 2020

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You can create Object Styles with InDesign.

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Jun 29, 2020 Jun 29, 2020

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Hi janus,

well, you could use Find Object instead.

Of course the Adobe Illustrator feature is easier to use and the found objects are selected all together.

With InDesign's Find Object you can select them only one by one.

 

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Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 10, 2020 Jul 10, 2020

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Hi there,

 

I hope your issue is resolved already but in case you need more assistance please reply to this thread. 

Else, if the solution above helped, please confirm. 

 

Regards,

Sheena

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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ADOBE, WHY DO YOU NOY FIX THIS?

I want to select all circles with the SAME stroke or SAME color.

 

WHY is this NOT an option?

Guess the Adobe Illustrator Team is much better at finding solutions for us.

 

Finding Objects is SLOW and tedious for 50 objects.

Getyour act together! 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Please don't be rude. This forum is mostly supported by non-Adobe volunteers who use their spare time to help others.

Maybe Object Styles can do what you wish for.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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I apologize Derek, and everyone else. Iwas under a tight deadline and let the pressure get to me.

 It just doesn't make any sense to me why a systemic set of commands and their names are not applied across the Adobe software family.

 

It would make the programs more intuitive, and I don't get why a simple thing like SELECT>SAME FILL and STROKE, especially given InDesign's complexit.

 

Object Styles doesn;t do it for me, unfortunately...wish it did, sir.

 

Thank you for your patience, I have a suspicion this will be a problem 10 years down the line.

 

Wish there was a script for this, I looked and couldn't fond one.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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You can’t have multiple selections that are not on the same spread. A script could make document wide changes to similar objects, but it couldn’t select them all at once. I think you are right, document wide selections will never be a feature.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Generally Illustrator’s development is well behind that of InDesign, in my experience. Illustrator is a tool designed for certain tasks. InDesign is a tool designed for certain tasks. They each have strengths geared towards those tasks. They are each complicated, powerful, and imperfect programs. Understanding each program’s strengths, limitations, and features is the key to getting the most out of them and getting them to work together optimally.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Agreed. I've been using InDesign since it came out, and Illsutrator and Photoshop since circa '97.

 

I was in InDesign today, what I was doing couldn't be done any easier in Illsutrator, and all I needed was to select objects with the same stroke in one step...instead I speant an mroe time that I care to admit selecting every single object manually.

 

What a nightmare. 😕

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Rob Day said: "You can’t have multiple selections that are not on the same spread."

 

There is one exception to this, I think, but it will not be helpful here:

One could select pages on different spreads with the Page tool.

[1] Select the pages in the Pages panel

[2] Switch the active tool to the Page Tool

 

Another annotation:

If you want to select specific type(s) of objects on a spread you could use a script for this that is stored in the Application folder of the Scripts panel: SelectObjects.jsx

 

SelectObjects.PNG

 

Here a version of that script where nothing is pre-selected in the UI of the script.

SelectObjects-NO-OPTION-CHECKED.jsx

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7zl3wl0n4tq14u9/SelectObjects-NO-OPTION-CHECKED.jsx?dl=1

 

SelectObjects-NoOptionChecked.PNG

 

( It's always a drag to deselect all options but one if you only want to select one category of objects on the spread. )

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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You just saved me HOURS! 

Thank you so much!

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