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We're going to go ahead and learn how you can use grep in combination with conditional text to create two different versions of this catalog. Let's say I wanted to produce one in the spring and one in the fall and the one in the spring I did not want to include the September dates. While I can manually go in there and just delete them, but I think there is a much better way to do it. I'm going to go under my Window > Type & Tables, and open up my Conditional Text panel. I'm going to go make a new conditional text layer and call it Fall. Next I'm going to go under Edit and go to Find/Change, and I want to make a grep statement that searches for the month of September followed by a date.
It could be September 1st; it could to be September 21st. I just know it includes a month along with one or more digits. I also want to capture the comma that comes before September. So I want to go ahead and make a very simple grep statement here and type in the month, and then I said it might contain one or more digits. I'm going to go ahead and enter that. And then I also want to capture that period at the end. If I'm removing September, I also want to remove that period after September 24th in this case. Next, I'm going to go down and choose, under Change Format > Conditions, and I'm going to pick that new Fall condition that I just created, and I'll click OK.
Next, I want to hit Find. I notice it searches for and finds the comma, the month, the day, and the period. When I say Change, it's going to move it to that conditional player. I want to say Change All and it changed all eight occurrences of it. And next, I want to go close this out, and I'm going to turn off this Conditional Text layer, and I notice that that month and that day are no longer there. Again, it doesn't delete it; it just simply turns it off for now, so I can print a version in the spring and again in the fall.
So we learned by using conditional text layers along with grep I can create different versions of my catalog very efficiently.
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