When I was updating the corner effects tip this weekend, I looked in the scripts folder to make sure the old corner effects script was still there. And I noticed four time-saving scripts sitting there that might save a bunch of time.
Break Frame/Split Story
Sometimes, you place copy and as you move things around, you realize you need to break the threaded text. It can be a challenge. The two scripts work slightly differently, but successfully separate the text thread into individual frames. For me, both scripts seem have the same final result. A word of warning: each script handles overset text differently. I’d make sure you don’t have any overset text before you start the script. But if you’ve ever tried to do this by hand, you realize this can be a massive time saver.
Got a list that you need to sort alphabetically? The Sort Paragraphs script can do it. Select your text, run the script and the paragraphs are now in alphabetical order.
Place Multipage PDF
On more than one occasion, I’ve had to place a multiple page PDF into an InDesign document. This script will place each page for you, adding additional pages to the InDesign document as needed. Simply select the PDF, tell the script what page to start on and InDesign will place all of the pages into the upper left hand corner of the page.
Export All Stories
Every so often, someone asks me for the text from an InDesign document. They may want to edit it or redesign a document. Copy and paste works, but takes time. The Export All Stories script will export stories as text, RTF or InDesign Markup files. Note that every “story” (meaning every text box or series of threaded text boxes) will export as a single file.