Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing InDesign scripts, part of Designing Templates with InDesign.
- I talk about a few different InDesign scripts in this course. Most of them are free and a few of them I've included in the exercise files on this course's page on Lynda.com. Just click the exercise files button and you'll see a link there that says "Free" in it that anybody can download. Where do you see a script? You go to the Window menu in InDesign, down to Utilities and choose Scripts. If you have an older version of InDesign, you might find it under Automation.
InDesign comes with two kinds of scripts: application and user. The ones in the application folder, I think we use one of these, and I'll show you during that video how to access the application scripts, but I want to show you how to install additional scripts into your user folder because those are the ones included in the free scripts download. To run a script, you simply double click it, but to get a script in there is a little different. First, open up your scripts panel and when you see the User folder, right click on it and choose Reveal in Finder or Reveal in Windows Explorer, and it'll jump you to the correct place where you need to install scripts.
You might want to make an alias out of it on your desktop if you think you're going to be going in here a lot. I'm going to Hide Others so we just see the Finder. Here, for example, is a script that I've downloaded and, in fact, that's one of the ones in the free scripts downloads that I use in one of the videos. To install the script, which is simply a text file, that ends with that .jsx instead of that .txt, just drag and drop it into that folder, right into that scripts panel. You don't need to quit out of InDesign or restart InDesign. As soon as I go back, it appears inside the user folder and then you just double click it or do whatever you need to do to run the script.
It's pretty simple and what's nice is that you don't have to have admin privileges to install the script because you're putting it into your user folder just like any other document that you've downloaded to your hard drive.
So what are you waiting for? In this course, Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to use InDesign to find and create templates that fit your needs. By building in the power tools you need for production—flexible master pages, logical layers, object styles, libraries and snippets, and styles—you'll have a template that prepares you for success. Plus, get tips, secret shortcuts, and useful scripts, as well as practice lessons to reinforce your newfound skills along the way.
- Finding free and paid InDesign templates
- Creating templates from existing documents
- Setting up new templates: margins, swatches, grids, and more
- Adding text and image placeholders
- Creating reusable elements
- Making smart paragraph, character, and object styles
- Embedding a custom preflight check
- Adding a style guide
- Working with special EPUB and interactive templates