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A “Symbol-to-Greek” Snippet for InDesign

Let's convert Symbol letters into true Greek characters.

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InDesign Swatches: Diagram

DOM Swatches: properties and relationships.

IndexMatic and End Notes

IndexMatic, independent index builder for InDesign Maybe you now use InDesign endnotes, and maybe you would like to capture and index strings found in this area. Alas! IndexMatic 2.0 has no endnote-related option. It just lets you include or exclude footnotes. Does this mean it won't scan endnotes at all?…

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PhysicalSize | Check Your Design At True 1:1 Magnification

PhysicalSize for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CCEvery InDesign user must accept this boring fact: “100% size preview is not actual size”. Because of this old unsolved flaw, graphic designers, layout artists, typographers… cannot trust the so-called “Actual Size” command. With PhysicalSize you will be able to recover your sight…

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JsxBlind | The Case of “Nested” Variable Names

JsxBlind 2: The JSXBIN ObfuscatorWhile version 2.1 of JsxBlind library has just been released, I'd like to focus on a technical issue you may have encountered. If the script to be obfuscated contains eval(…) or app.doScript(…) blocks, there is a good chance that abysmal errors arise. Here is the solution to this enigma…

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How To Get parseInt( ) Fixed in ExtendScript

The global method parseInt(str,radix) has a critical bug in ExtendScript. When radix is greater than 10, some undesired characters can be mistakenly parsed as valid digits, which corrupts the output. This issue is solved in IdExtenso

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Note on ScriptUI Mouse Events

ScriptUI provides a set of usual mouse events (mouseover, mousedown, mouseup, click…) which are of primary interest in responsive user interfaces (UI). Developers can add event listeners to any UI component that needs to respond accordingly when the mouse enters the scene. But handling such events requires carefulness if your script has to support both CS and CC environments.

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JsxBlind 2.0 Meets IdExtenso

Faster, cleaner, smarter, JsxBlind 2.001 is out! As a library, it now belongs to IdExtenso's toolbox, which I think is top-notch news for serious ExtendScript developers. Also available here is the “standalone version” (named JsxBlindRun) that should work fine from InDesign CS4-CC or ESTK…

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FillBleed | Fix Image Frames so they Meet the Bleed Edge [Update]

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Coordinate Spaces & Transformations in InDesign — Chap.1-5

Six years! It tooks me six years to document the fundamentals of InDesign “Coordinate Spaces and Transformations.” You may think I am sluggishly slow—which is a sensible diagnosis!—but the topic required a true immersion to be both experimented and covered. Chapter 5 (“The Transform Process”) is now available and makes this version 3.1 consistent enough to form a kind of white paper

Download version 3.1 (PDF, 40 pages)

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InDesign Scripting Forum Roundup #12

Hey scripters, are you familiar with InDesign events, event listeners, menu actions, idle tasks? That's the hot focus of the 12th ISFR. Plus a fine selection of threads and snippets involving GREP, text, CMYK swatches, IDML, transformations… Enjoy the ride!

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IDUG Paris : présentation IdExtenso [PDF]

IdExtenso s'invite à l'IDUGCe mardi, l'équipe du InDesign User Group Paris a accueilli votre serviteur en grandes pompes — enfin, pointure 42, n'exagérons rien — pour une initiation en douceur au framework IdExtenso. Plutôt que de m'égarer dans une technicité inaudible, j'ai profité de cette invitation pour rassembler quelques repères sur le scripting InDesign, échantillons à l'appui, avec des pistes pour les développeurs plus motivés. En résulte un PDF que j'ai la faiblesse de tenir pour un bon préambule si vous vous lancez dans l'automatisation pour InDesign : IdExtenso-Slides.pdf (1,4 Mo).

JsxBlind 1.008: Important Bug Fix [OBSOLETE]

JsxBlind v.1.008 is now available and fixes a serious issue you may have encountered using the previous version. Thanks to my colleagues Davide Barranca and Justin Putney it has been found that JsxBlind's output could be corrupted when originating from a process that relies on a persistent engine…

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IndexMatic Quick Demo | Last-Name, First-Name Queries

Collecting proper names is one of the most common tasks assigned to IndexMatic. While the best strategy remains the one based on character styles, not all InDesign books are prepared to receive style-driven queries. Instead, you may have a comprehensive list of <LastName>, <FirstName> items…

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AutoStick | Simple Diagrams Made Easy

Duplicate and Link Text Frames by just typing magic keys.

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Resizing vs. Rescaling in Equalizer

Equalizer for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CCUser's question: “What's the difference between Multiply by and Rescale to in Equalizer? It looks like both functions have the same effect on the targeted frames of my document.” Very good question indeed! Let's reveal the little subtleties behind it…

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How to Shuffle Characters the Right Way

While fine-tuning a layout you usually need to put some dummy text in your template. The common way to fill a frame with lorem-ipsum-like data is to call Type > Fill with Placeholder Text. But sometimes you already have an actual text in place, and then your missing feature is the ability to scramble existing characters. Thanks to IdExtenso we can write a nice and fast scrambler, based on Markov chains…

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SelToPng | Quick InDesign-to-PNG Serializer

As an InDesign maniac I often use it for achieving tasks that would normally involve Illustrator or Photoshop. The best example of this deviance is PNG conversion. You read it well! And here is a tool that translates any InDesign shape, group, or whatever, into a PNG stream. Not a big deal, but let me explain…

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InDesign Scripting Forum Roundup #11

What's on the menu for this 11th episode? My personal selection of the most interesting, verbose, and technical discoveries that took place in the InDesign Scripting Forum within the last eight months. Each topic (and code snippet!) will teach you something you probably didn't even suspect…

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BookBarcode 2.036 Patch for InDesign CS6 & CC

BookBarcode, EAN-13 barcode builder for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CC Finally available is a patched release of BookBarcode 2 (v2.036) purposed to improve the support of recent InDesign versions. While the code still perfectly works in CS4 and CS5 (CS3 support is abandoned) we have fixed various issues reported in either CS6 or the CC series…

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