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Embed section of pages to multiple INND documents

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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hello folks,

Is there a way to have an INND document which is part of other documents embed into them? So when certain content changes from that "template" it automatically updates through the rest of documents?
We have different manual booklets. All of them have accessories and general information at the end of each. That last section is all the same for all manuals. We do update that section every once and awhile and we want to save the legwork of applying that update to every booklet manually.
Thanks in advance for your input.

 

 

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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Create a document for the last section and import it in the others. 

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Thats what we do currently. I was hoping there is a way that entire section updates automatially when the separate "template documents" gets updated. We have over 50 manuals, a word or image gets updated within accessories section, then we have to do 50 times "move pages". It's not a deal breaker, but it takes time and increases chances of missing some updates throughout the entire spread of manual booklets.

Thanks again!

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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I think you misunderstood my answer. I did not mean to move pages between documents, but import the common part in the others. So when you modify the master, the only thing you have to do is to update link in the other documents, as you do with modified images.

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Understood, will look into it how it works. I am familiar with images link updates, however was aware of entire section of document being able to update same way.

Thanks again for your help!

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*was not.. don't see edit post in here sorry

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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Hello @jmlevy thanks again for taking the time to help me out with this.

I did try what you sugested and while it works great with single page, it get difficult when added document has multiple pages. Is there a way to add the entire "accessory" document which consists of over 15 pages to another document and repeat that process to all the rest manuals without adding page by page for each document?

Hope the above makes sense.

Thanks,

D.

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Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Did you tick the “show import options” check box? It allows to import all the pages of the file. Of course, you need to place all the pages one after the other. I tried to use the “place multipage PDF” script to automatize the import, but it seems it does not work. Maybe someone else will help you on this point.

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Mar 04, 2021 Mar 04, 2021

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Hi together,

for automatically placing PDFs, AIs and also InDesign pages, try MultiPageImporter, originally written by Scott Zanelli and now curated by Mike Edel:

https://github.com/mike-edel/ID-MultiPageImporter/releases

 

Note: I would not place InDesign pages, but PDF pages exported as PDF/X-4 files.

Why? Because you are able to work in a mixed environment with several versions of InDesign involved.

And the recieving InDesign document would be faster to handle.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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