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20 Awesome Scripts You Need to Know About

InDesign Magazine issue 127: InDesign at 20This article appeared in Issue 127 of InDesign Magazine.

A collection of handy scripts to help with tasks large and small.

I like to refer to scripts and other add-ons as “InDesign’s Little Helpers.” They are easy to install (usually no restart required!) and are often my favorite price (FREE!*). But mostly I love finding scripts that perform a task that InDesign doesn’t do natively, or that the script just does better. They make InDesign life easier, which is always a good thing. In this article I’ll focus mainly on scripts that have never appeared in InDesign Magazine before, while tossing in a few noteworthy classics that are just as useful today as when they were written.
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Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for nearly 30 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She has spoken at the InDesign Conference, PePcon, ebookcraft in Canada, and Making Design in Norway. When she isn’t at her computer, she can be found exploring her new hometown of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest.
  • Chandra Skinner says:

    This is a great article. I have been working with Indesign for only a few years, but I learn something everytime. The merge tables script is great. Can it unmerge tables also, such as splitting a calendar with more than 1 layer across 2 pages with a spine?

    • Erica Gamet says:

      Glad it was helpful! The script doesn’t split tables, no. What do you mean “more than one layer” in a table? Because if you just need to continue the table on the next page, you can just link text frames.

  • Robin Williams says:

    Thanks for this listing. I was having difficulty using the StyLighter script and the appliedparagraphStyle is very helpful and efficient.

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