You can create a simple keyword index or a comprehensive, detailed guide to the information in your book. You can create only one index for a document or book. To create an index, you first place index markers in the text. You associate each index marker with the word, called a topicthat you want to appear in the index.
When you generate the index, each topic is listed, along with the page on which it was found. The topics are sorted alphabetically, typically under section headings A, B, C, and so on. An index entry consists of a topic the term readers look up paired with either a page reference page number or range or a cross-reference.
Creating a well-planned and complete index can help make the information in your document immediately accessible to your readers. Here are a few guidelines to consider:.
Think about how you want your index to look. How many topic levels will it have? Will it refer the reader to other related topics? Anticipate the variety of ways by which your readers might look up information. For instance, one reader may search for information on animals by looking under beasts ; another may look for wildlife or fauna. Add index entries when the content of your document is fairly stable.
If you delete large portions of your text later, you may lose some of your indexing work. A well-planned index presents topics consistently. Common indexing problems include mixing uppercase and lowercase cats and Cats and singular and plural forms cat and cats. Use a topic list to keep terms consistent. Review your index several times before you generate the final index.
Useful InDesign Scripts And Plugins To Speed Up Your Work
Look for duplicate entries, weak subject areas, misspellings, and inconsistencies in capitalization and wording; for example, InDesign treats Cheetahcheetahand cheetahs as separate entries. Create a topic list optional. A topic list helps you maintain consistency in your index entries. See Create a list of topics for an index. Add index markers on the pages in your document that you want the index entries to refer to.
See Add index entries.Every second Tuesday, we send a newsletter with useful techniques on front-end and UX. First released in as a direct attack against the then-industry standard, Quark, the page-layout application has been made faster and more feature-rich with each iteration.
But even the best applications lack some features. Luckily, Adobe realized this some years ago and opened the doors to allow designers to expand this beloved set of tools through plugins. More than anything, these will help you work through your documents and publications much faster, automating the repetitive parts, and freeing you to focus on the fun stuff.
We often give the finest attention to text, working with spacing to give the text balance and rhythm, sometimes letter by letter. What follows is a collection of plugins to help you tend to these details. This line-numbering plugin does exactly what it says on the box: it gives every line on a page a number. This makes editing much easier. Any good set of small caps is designed as such from the ground up.
This script runs through your text and replaces string of full caps with small caps. The best part? Character styling is automatically applied to them a little extra tracking on small caps is a beautiful thingso you can tinker as needed. Just like the small-caps script above, this one will polish your type by rendering proper fractions, rather than leaving fractions in the clumsy format of two full-sized numerals divided by a slash.
Adding footnote is a nice way to clarify information. Even nicer is hanging notes in the margins. With this plugin, footnotes will be converted to sidenotes and put into their own anchored frames; so, as the text reflows and moves about, the sidenotes will move with the text.
From the same developer as the footnotes plugin above, this one will move your footnotes to the end of the article to which they belong.
While confining multi-column text to a single frame is usually best, sometimes breaking each frame into its own box makes the text easier to handle, especially when working with complex grids and formats in newspapers, for example. This script lets you combines any letter with any accent or diacritic using simple mnemonics — no arcane codes to remember, and no need to open the glyphs panel. If the combination exists as an actual glyph in the typeface, the script will insert that; if not, then it will automatically insert both glyphs and then intelligently kern them to look like a single character.
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The plugins and scripts below will supplement the importing options for both images of PDFs, as well as create graphics in InDesign itself. Just select an object style and start placing images. The style will automatically be applied, so that you can keep working quickly. Note that this script was written for CS5.
InDesign has come a long way in how it places PDFs. This script enables you to configure those options such as which page of the PDF to showeven after the PDF has been placed. The bread and butter for a lot of designers are things like annual reports, which are often filled with charts and graphs. This script helps you quickly and easily create clean bar graphs based on given values.
Create pie charts with various options color tint, size, radio and angle, labels, color mode, etc. Coolest of all, as you adjust the size of the oval, each segment is automatically recalculated.Sidelining InDesign's index feature, the script creates an index on the basis of a word list, adding page references in that word list.
It runs on all opened documents but it doesn't change the documents in any way. Open all documents that should be included, then open the document with the word list and make sure that the word list is the active document. Start the script, which shows the window shown in the screenshot. Items in some types of secondary text bibliographies, quotations, etc.
Because all this secondary text material will typically be formatted with certain paragraph styles, it's not difficult to filter out that material. You could also take a different perspective, and say that you want to include only text formatted with one or more styles for the main text. Such choices are specified in the top left box. With the settings in the screen shot any paraphraphs set in the paragraph styles bibliography or quote are ignored.
To include only text formatted with with one or more styles, first move any style names from the box on the left to the one on the right press Remove allthen move the styles you want to include from the right-hand box to the left-hand one.
To ignore this feature altogether and have the script consider all text, just leave the left-hand box empty. Moving styles from one box to the other is straightforward. The document's paragraph styles are shown in the list on the right. If there aren't any, which will often be the case with lists that form the basis of an index, press Load styles to load all paragraph styles from the document in InDesign's next window.
You can sort them if necessary by pressing Sort styles this applies only to the right-hand list; the one on the left is always kept sorted by the script. If the word list doesn't contain the paragraph styles present in your document files, click Load styles to copy all paragraph styles from a document file.
The four remaining buttons between the list boxes speak for themselves: Add selected and Add all move the selected styles or all styles from the right-hand box to the left-hand one; Remove selected and Remove all move styles in the opposite direction.InDesign: Make Index with Grep! … (^/) ;-)
At Topic—page separator you pick which character or characters that should be used between topics and the first page reference. Options are en-space, normal space, and comma followed by a space. At Range pages you indicate whether series of consecutive page numbers should be ranged i. At Use you pick a range symbol Hyphen or en-dash. Finally, at Tolerance you can indicate a degree of relaxation for the spanner.
With 0, the spanner hyphenates only consecutive numbers. Some examples:. To include section headings, check Add section headings. Letters are inserted at the beginning of each letter range. To mark topics that could not be found in any of the open documents, check Mark topics without page references.
The script uses strikethrough to mark unfound topics so you can easily identify them. The script searches whole words only; see the section on the word list, below, for how this can be relaxed. The word list allows some flexibility in how the script searches your documents.
The script searches whole words only, so that an item like this:.Update: we recently developed a free plugin that lets you find and add stock photos to your InDesign documents in a very convenient way.
Index from word list
Learn more in this blog post. Scripts are, in fact, like magic added to InDesign. Each time you have a repetitive task to carry out in InDesign, there is probably a script ready to do just that. If you can't find what you need — or you think we missed some great ones, feel free to drop a comment below.
Add royalty-free stock photos in your documents with just a few clicks. Photos come from Unsplash, Pexels, and Pixabay. Download Now. Almost all of the scripts in the list are free. Some of them accept donations in their websites.
So, think about how much time their scripts have saved you, visit their website, and make a donation. Before running a script in InDesign, save your documents. It might happen that the result of the script is not what you wanted, or that the script fails in some way.
It is way better to save first, just in case. This is the list of the scripts we collected. We divided them into sections for easy consultation.
Click on one of the entries of the list to go directly to that section. You'll find the link to the instructions of each script in its description at the link. Please read them before launching each script. Want to get better at InDesign? Sign up today for free and be the first to get notified on new tutorials and tips about InDesign. I understand and agree to the email marketing terms. It helps you install other scripts. So meta. You should download it if you plan to install a lot of scripts.
Link to the script Look for the Download button under Script Installer. It allows you to run a single script or a set of scripts on a single document or on a list of documents.
Link to the script. With this script you can make the process of running any script instantaneous by assigning a keyboard shortcut to it. Link to script.David Blatner November 12, The the Index panel will likely leave you frustrated if you have to make anything but the most basic index. Share them below! For indexing, that app would include a screen that displays an already large iPad-sized view of the index entries that are in the Index panel. Quite a few would be displayed and the others could be easily found with a flick of a finger.
No more klutzing with that tiny index panel window. Having set the cursor in the text where the entry should be, a single iPad tap on an entry would place it in the text while a double-tap would bring up a screen to modify it in the usual ways.
You can also used Peter Kahrel nice script to create index topics from character styles. And if your entry are formatted with paragraph styles, you can just add a GREP Style to all text in that style to make the script works also for paragraphs styles. Jonathan, there is a trial version of IndexMatic.
I just downloaded it and tested it out with InDesign CC and it seems to work fine. Hi I installed SmartyIndex. When I want to use it, after opening text file which has words to be indexed separated with a ;below error message appears: Error number: 21 Error String: Undefined is not an object. What is the problem? Indexing in InDesign certainly needs updating. Thanks anyway. Have indesign CS4. Your email address will not be published. Our guide to discovering all the great resources on the site!
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IndexMatic 2 was reviewed in InDesign Magazineissue QuickIndex : The folks at Kerntiff have come up with a wide array of plug-ins to help indexers. Many of these were reviewed in InDesign Magazine issue His InDesign videos at Lynda. You can find more about David at 63p. Latest posts by David Blatner see all. This site not working, please provide the script any other source Reply. Will these products work with InDesign CC I am particularly interestes in IndexMatic 2 Reply.
I do agree with you Alan! If the page numbers of an InDesign book.Intro General information and disclaimers. Installing, running, and modifying scripts. Contact information. Links and resources A collection of links and resources on scripting and GREP which I have found useful, informative, and otherwise noteworthy. Notes: endnotes, end-of-book notes, running-header references; margin notes; inline notes Various scripts to deal with different types of note in InDesign documents: convert footnotes to endnotes pre- and post-CC or margin notes; convert footnotes to end-of-book notes; convert footnotes to column-spanning footnotes; set footnotes in columns; convert static endnotes e.
Also a script to deal with inline notes or notes set in another note's breakline. And a script to add page-references to endnote numbers in running headers. CC convert footnotes to endnotes and vice versa.
CC set table footnotes under the table. Spread rotation Spreads can be rotated using some deeply embedded menu commands. A script can make these commands much more accessible. Rotate many spreads If you have many spreads to rotate, even the more easily accessible menu commands for rotating spreads are no good at all. Time for a script to rotate all spreads that contain rotated text frames.
This is a PDF with some explanation of the basics of the model. Drop digits number-span elision Drop digits in number ranges a.
The script fixes that. Go to a page in any book document Using InDesign's Go to Page tool you can go to another page in the active document. However, to go to a page in another document in an active Book file, you first have to activate or open that document, then go to the page. The script, which can be deployed as a replacement of InDesign's tool, fixes that. Go to the master spread applied to the active page To access the master spread applied to the active page, you have to open the Pages panel, find out which master was applied, then look up the master in the Pages panel, and, finally, double-click the master.Why do you need InDesign scripts?
If you frequently use Adobe InDesign, you have surely thought about possible ways to speed up regular processes. InDesign scripts have been developed specifically for this purpose. Talking about a script, I mean not only advanced actions, such as creating a completely new feature for your documents, but also about simple automated tasks. It is possible to create your unique scripts as well as use ready-made ones. Having Adobe InDesign scripts at your disposal you can facilitate your work in this software and devote more time to your pastime activities.
An InDesign script is a series of commands that the program performs at a particular moment depending on the conditions. These commands may affect a single object or compose an elaborate structure that changes multiple elements of a document. InDesign scripting has turned out to be a creative process enabling users to solve all kinds of tasks by means of simple programming.
If you are curious about scripting, have a look at the Scripting Guide, scripting requirements and other related resources on Documentation. Once you open the Scripts panel, you will see User and Application folders, both suitable for InDesign scripts installation. But mind that the Application folder is meant for admin, so if you are a regular user, choose the other one.
When the suitable folder is selected, click on the menu button in the upper right corner of the panel. If you have done everything properly, there should appear a Scripts Panel folder. Use the drag-and-drop method to transfer your InDesign automation scripts into it. The installation is finished. Switch back to the program and check whether the scripts are listed under the folder you inserted them in. To activate the necessary script, double-click it.
In case you feel something is missing here, leave a comment below. This is applied to every picture in the document. The script enables you to construct a kerning table for all fonts and apply it by activating the script.