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Old 03-02-2006, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default InDesign automation

Hello everyone,

I'm running a small publishing operation (all Macs on OS X using InDesign CS) and have had some success with commercial Automator actions to import folders of images into InDesign documents.

I would like to get the system a little more cohesive and it seems like AppleScript is the best option, though it would still be helpful to execute everything within Automator.

The workflow I'm looking to create is:

* create InDesign document (based on a Master page)
* create x pages (where x is the number of images to be imported)
* create picture boxes and label them according to imageIDs (just numbers, eg 1342) from a text doc
* import TIF images based on imageIDs in text doc
* create associated text boxes beneath picture boxes with same imageID label
* Import caption information from FileMaker based on imageIDs
* format captions to a paragraph style in InDesign

I would then want to create a script that updates the images in the InDesign document to colour-corrected versions which would be the same file name with a cc at the end, eg 1129-1cc.tif

I'd be grateful for any advice on the best way to tackle the task or reference material that might help.

Many thanks,

Daniel
Melbourne, Australia
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