Tips & Techniques: IDML is the new INX
In the end, a colleague fixed it in 5 minutes. If InDesign is acting up, the first thing to determine is whether that only happens with one particular file or if InDesign acts up with any file. Separate paragraphs on this page deal with file and application related issues.
Jump to the next topic if that latter is true. This topic deals with troubleshooting one particular file How to fix an InDesign file When a document gets corrupted, there are a few things you can do to clean it up: This forces InDesign to clean up its file structure. Your mileage may vary. InDesign allows you to move entire pages from one document to another, which can be a very efficient way of cleaning up a file. Revert to the previous edition Smart designers will from time to time save their work with a slightly different file name e.
If a document gets corrupted, they can always revert to the previous edition. Really smart designers put the older editions on a different drive. If you want to use that feature, set it in the job option s and don't use the script's function. To use the script's page-by-page export function, simply don't set it in the PDF job option. This is not a good idea when you export large numbers of documents, but the option lets you override the preset.
Preserve folder structure when packaging Checked: The folder structure of the selected input folder is duplicated under the selected output folder, so that each packaged document is in its own subfolder. This mimics InDesign's behaviour: All documents are packaged to the same folder and all links to the same Links folder, and all fonts to the same Document Fonts folder. Now when you run the batch processor, the script will use the export properties you applied.
ICML files Each document's story is exported using the document's name and the story's id. Stories on master spreads are ignored. To combine all Word documents in a single InDesign document, choose InDesign single document as the target format. When you place all Word files in a single InDesign document, the files are placed in alphabetical order, that is, in the order in which they appear in the file list.
File names are printed at the beginning of each Word text so that it's easy to find the beginning of those Word texts. It's possible to place the Word documents in an existing InDesign document.
If that's found, the script places all Word content in it. If the file isn't there, the script simply creates a new blank document. If you use such a template file and you want the Word content to flow into the document automatically, enable Smart Text Reflow in the document.
Whether the exported HTML should be displayed in a browser after export is a setting in the export dialog.
Here you can override that setting. Convert text to outlines This option is available only if you export to EPS. Close open documents This option is available only if any documents were open when you started the script.
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The script runs on every document you export. The script you want to run must be in the same folder as the folder where the batch converter is run from or in a subfolder. Scripts cannot be run against books. If you choose InDesign as both source and target format and select a script, you can in effect use the batch processor as a batch script runner.
Make sure that variables and functions defined in your script do not clash with variables and functions in the batch processor.
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The best way to do this is to place your script in a so-called anonymous function and declare all variables, as follows: In line 3, myDoc is declared as a variable by adding the word var before it, restricting the scope of myDoc to this particular function. I don't know if this is relevant for AppleScripts and VB scripts. Save documents on closing Check this box if you're running a script during the conversion or export and want to save the changes the script made.
Batch processor preset The current window's settings are always stored when you press OK to start the script. In addition, you can save certain window layouts in presets. These presets are not saved automatically, you must do that yourself, using the familiar icon to the right of the dropdown.
The next time you run the script, the last-used preset is selected.
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Therefore, if you want to batch-export documents to HTML, you have to create your own preset. InDesign doesn't support HTML export presets, but the script can use presets that you create yourself in a format that the script recognises. Creating those presets is very simple. Before you run the batch processor, do as follows: Start a new document. There's no need to view the HTML after exporting, so you can disable this function in the General tab of the export options.
Click OK to export the document so that the export options are set in the document. In the script's dialog, enter the name for the preset and click OK: If you enter a name that's already in use, the script asks you if you want to replace the preset with that name. This script is a bit cludgy in that if you answer 'No', the script terminates and you'll need to start it again.
You can now delete the HTML file that you exported in step 2.
They are plain text files. InDesign doesn't provide any facilities in the form of presets comparable with PDF export presets, you have to create them yourself.
AEM presets are pretty simple, the zip download contains an example. For full details on export properties, see AEM Mobile export properties.
They should be stored in the same folder as the batch converter script. This file is used to store the dialog's settings.