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Script to anchor all images in document to the closest paragraph.

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May 16, 2017 May 16, 2017

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Hello,

I've asked this question in the general forum and they said that I should ask here.

I need to export a document to ePub, and this document has at least 200 images.

I know that I have to anchor them to the text because if not they will all be at the end of the ePub.

I've found a script in a post 6 years ago that seems to be almost what I want.

main(); 

function main() 

  var doc = app.activeDocument; 

   

var count=0; 

  

// loop through all pages 

for(i=0; i<doc.pages.length;i++) 

        var page = doc.pages.item(i); 

          

        if( page.textFrames.length<1) continue; 

 

        var textFrame = page.textFrames.item(0); 

 

        if(page.rectangles.length<1) continue; 

 

        // loop through all rectangles in the page 

        for(j=0;j<page.rectangles.length;j++) 

        { 

                var imageRect=page.rectangles

                                 

                if(imageRect.images.length<1) continue; 

 

                var myAnchoredFrame=anchorImage(doc, textFrame, imageRect); 

                var pos=[imageRect.geometricBounds[1],imageRect.geometricBounds[0]] 

                imageRect.remove(); 

                j--; 

                textFrame.recompose(); 

   

                var k=0; 

                 

                // Reposition the anchored image. This is done repeatedly because the first call not moves the  frame to the correct position 

                do 

                { 

                    myAnchoredFrame.move(pos); 

                    k++; 

                 } 

                while(k !=5); 

             

               count++; 

        } 

 

alert("Fixed "+count+" images"); 

 

function anchorImage(doc, textFrame, imageRect) 

        var myAnchoredFrame=CreateAnchor (doc, textFrame); 

 

        var imBounds = imageRect.geometricBounds; 

        var frBounds=textFrame.geometricBounds 

 

        myAnchoredFrame.geometricBounds =  [imBounds[0]-frBounds[0], imBounds[1]-frBounds[1],  

                          imBounds[2]-frBounds[0], imBounds[3]-frBounds[1]]; 

 

        // Copy image into the anchored frame. Didn't find a better way 

        var imagePath=imageRect.images[0].itemLink.filePath; 

        var image=imageRect.images[0]; 

        var filePath="D:\\im"; 

        image.exportFile(image.imageTypeName,filePath); 

        myAnchoredFrame.place(File(filePath)); 

         

        // Resize image 

        var newImBoundX=myAnchoredFrame.geometricBounds[1]-( imageRect.geometricBounds[1]-image.geometricBounds[1]); 

        var newImBoundY=myAnchoredFrame.geometricBounds[0]-( imageRect.geometricBounds[0]-image.geometricBounds[0]); 

        var newImBoundX1=newImBoundX+( image.geometricBounds[3]-image.geometricBounds[1]); 

        var newImBoundY1=newImBoundY+( image.geometricBounds[2]-image.geometricBounds[0]); 

         

        myAnchoredFrame.images[0].geometricBounds=[newImBoundY,newImBoundX,newImBoundY1,newImBoundX1]; 

         

        //Set textWrapPreferences of the images 

        myAnchoredFrame.textWrapPreferences.textWrapMode=imageRect.textWrapPreferences.textWrapMode; 

        myAnchoredFrame.textWrapPreferences.textWrapOffset =imageRect.textWrapPreferences.textWrapOffset ;       

      

        return myAnchoredFrame; 

 

function CreateAnchor( doc, textFrame) 

 

        var inPoint=textFrame.insertionPoints[0]; 

        var anchProps = doc.anchoredObjectDefaults.properties; 

        var anchCont = anchProps.anchorContent; 

 

        var myAO = inPoint.rectangles.add(); 

 

        // Make new object with correct default settings 

        // Make new object right kind of object 

        myAO.contentType =ContentType.graphicType; 

        // Recompose parent story so geometricBounds make sense 

        inPoint.parentStory.recompose(); 

        //save users measurement preferences 

        userHoriz = doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits; 

        userVert = doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits; 

        doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.points; 

        doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.points; 

 

        doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = userHoriz; 

        doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = userVert; 

        myAO.applyObjectStyle(anchProps.anchoredObjectStyle); 

         

        if (anchProps.anchorContent == ContentType.textType) { 

            try { // might be null 

            myAO.parentStory.appliedParagraphStyle = anchProps.anchoredParagraphStyle; 

            } catch (e) {} 

        } 

     

        myAO.anchoredObjectSettings.properties = doc.anchoredObjectSettings.properties; 

        myAO.anchoredObjectSettings.anchoredPosition=AnchorPosition.anchored; 

        return myAO 

   } 

But this script is giving me the error "The specified object does not support the desired export format".

Any ideas how to fix this?

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Oct 14, 2020 Oct 14, 2020

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I think it's a bit late... But I fixed the script

 

var doc = app.activeDocument;
var count = 0;
// loop through all pages  
for (i = 0; i < doc.pages.length; i++) {
	var page = doc.pages.item(i);
	if (page.textFrames.length < 1) continue;
	var textFrame = page.textFrames.item(0);
	if (page.rectangles.length < 1) continue;
	// loop through all rectangles in the page  
	for (j = 0; j < page.rectangles.length; j++) {
		var imageRect = page.rectangles[j];
		if (imageRect.images.length < 1) continue;
		var myAnchoredFrame = anchorImage(doc, textFrame, imageRect);
		var pos = [imageRect.geometricBounds[1], imageRect.geometricBounds[0]];
		imageRect.remove();
		j--;
		textFrame.recompose();
		var k = 0;
		// Reposition the anchored image. This is done repeatedly because the first call not moves the  frame to the correct position  
		do {
			myAnchoredFrame.move(pos);
			k++;
		}
		while (k != 5);
		count++;
	}
}
alert("Fixed " + count + " images");

function anchorImage(doc, textFrame, imageRect) {
	var myAnchoredFrame = CreateAnchor(doc, textFrame);
	var imBounds = imageRect.geometricBounds;
	var frBounds = textFrame.geometricBounds
	// Copy image into the anchored frame. Didn't find a better way  
	var imagePath = imageRect.images[0].itemLink.filePath;
	var image = imageRect.images[0];
	myAnchoredFrame.place(File(imagePath));
	myAnchoredFrame.geometricBounds = [imBounds[0] - frBounds[0], imBounds[1] - frBounds[1],
		imBounds[2] - frBounds[0], imBounds[3] - frBounds[1]
	];
	// Resize image  
	var newImBoundX = myAnchoredFrame.geometricBounds[1] - (imageRect.geometricBounds[1] - image.geometricBounds[1]);
	var newImBoundY = myAnchoredFrame.geometricBounds[0] - (imageRect.geometricBounds[0] - image.geometricBounds[0]);
	var newImBoundX1 = newImBoundX + (image.geometricBounds[3] - image.geometricBounds[1]);
	var newImBoundY1 = newImBoundY + (image.geometricBounds[2] - image.geometricBounds[0]);
	myAnchoredFrame.images[0].geometricBounds = [newImBoundY, newImBoundX, newImBoundY1, newImBoundX1];
	//Set textWrapPreferences of the images  
	myAnchoredFrame.textWrapPreferences.textWrapMode = imageRect.textWrapPreferences.textWrapMode;
	myAnchoredFrame.textWrapPreferences.textWrapOffset = imageRect.textWrapPreferences.textWrapOffset;
	return myAnchoredFrame;
}

function CreateAnchor(doc, textFrame) {
	var inPoint = textFrame.insertionPoints[0];
	var anchProps = doc.anchoredObjectDefaults.properties;
	var anchCont = anchProps.anchorContent;
	var myAO = inPoint.rectangles.add();
	// Make new object with correct default settings  
	// Make new object right kind of object  
	myAO.contentType = ContentType.graphicType;
	// Recompose parent story so geometricBounds make sense  
	inPoint.parentStory.recompose();
	//save users measurement preferences  
	userHoriz = doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits;
	userVert = doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits;
	doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.points;
	doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.points;
	doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = userHoriz;
	doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = userVert;
	myAO.applyObjectStyle(anchProps.anchoredObjectStyle);
	if (anchProps.anchorContent == ContentType.textType) {
		try { // might be null  
			myAO.parentStory.appliedParagraphStyle = anchProps.anchoredParagraphStyle;
		} catch (e) {}
	}
	myAO.anchoredObjectSettings.properties = doc.anchoredObjectSettings.properties;
	myAO.anchoredObjectSettings.anchoredPosition = AnchorPosition.anchored;
	myAO.anchoredObjectSettings.pinPosition = false;
	return myAO
}

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Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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Hm, I am getting invalid parameter on line 37: 

myAnchoredFrame.place(File(imagePath));
Any ideas what could be wrong?

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Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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Did you change the code?

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Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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No, I didn't modify anything. But I am on Mac if this makes a difference.

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Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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Hi DudiQ,

could it be that there is an image placed that is not linked to a file?

E.g. you copy/pasted a selection of pixels from PhotoShop to InDesign.

Or where the link to the file is broken?

 

( Just a guess… )

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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I tested it a bit more and the script worked for one INDD file out of 5 that I tested, the most basic one. So I guess the script somehow covers the most basic or intended scenario of placing images. But I will check if any linked images are broken or missing, that's a good idea. Thanks

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Would you share to me (privately) an extract of a file, to debug?

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