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Old 05-31-2007, 06:08 PM   #31
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Javascript. It's cross-platform.
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A quick search turned up a zillion different types of trackballs. Some look like mice with the ball added, some are flat squares with the ball in the middle. Which type do you use?

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Magnets, hmmmm. I usually don't allow magnets anywhere near my computers!

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Old 05-31-2007, 10:53 PM   #34
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If I didn't have 5 million PC fonts, I'd probably buy a Mac (and learn Applescript). <g>

I did try find/change to fix several font problems in InDesign. It did work well once I got the hang of it.

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Old 05-31-2007, 10:55 PM   #35
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I know absolutely nothing -- not a shred -- about Javascript. It's just always sounded like something I'd have to really work to learn.

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Old 06-01-2007, 02:47 PM   #36
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It did work well once I got the hang of it.
Find/change can be very powerful. The hard part is teaching yourself to think in terms of matchable patterns.

Even when one uses scripting to format text, its just a process of finding text that meets a certain criteria and changing some attribute of it. The advantage of scripting is that you can build a long sequence of these searches and let them run unattended.

   
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The advantage of scripting is that you can build a long sequence of these searches and let them run unattended.
And you don't need to know how to script to do it. There's a sample script that comes with InDesign; you basically edit a text file with your find/changes, and the script is used to perform them in order.

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Old 06-07-2007, 12:18 AM   #38
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Maybe what I used to do on my old Varityper was similar to scripting. I could do find/change sequences including wildcards (single characters or strings). For instance, if I had a series of names/addresses separated by an extra return, I'd search for Return, Return, Anystring, Return, and replace with Return, the Varityper codes for text formatting, Anystring, Return. So the first line with the name would be bold.

I was really astonished when I switched to DTP and discovered I couldn't do this in Word, Quark, or anything else (that I know of).

And the Varityper could run five separate Find/Changes at once. I'd set them up and leave the room.

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The same functionality is available in InDesign. Go to <http://www.adobe.com/products/indesi...ing/index.html> and click on the tab "Scripting Resources" half-way down. Scroll down and download the scripts for your version, CS3 or CS2. Find the one called something like textCleanUp.jsx, read the instructions, edit the associated text files with your find/changes, and you're off. Within 30 minutes you'll be an expert.

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Thanks for the link. I've bookmarked the page and will check out the text cleanup thang as soon as I get some spare time.

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