InDesign Scripts

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Add Save To Context Menus

Script adds Save command to right-click contexts menus.

  • Also remove with simple edit
  • Adapt open source to edit other menus
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Bleed Alert And Fix

Fix bleed in InDesign documents.

  • Specify bleed and distance from edge
  • Reveal all cases of faulty bleed
  • Confirm each change, undo, or skip
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Change Letter Case

Change matching text to uppercase, lowercase, title case, or sentence case.

  • Match with GREP
  • Match by character style
  • Match by paragraph style
  • Adapt open source to customize or create other scripts
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Change Overprint InDesign

Change the overprint of all elements, selected elements, or all on a selected layer.

  • Change fill or stroke or both
  • Set overprint on or off
  • Adapt open source to customize or create other scripts
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Color Layer Items InDesign

Change the color or overprint of all elements on a selected layer.

  • Change fill or stroke color, or leave either unchanged
  • Set overprint on or off, or leave unchanged
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Cutter Reg Marks InDesign

Add registration marks (dots) for flatbed cutting plotters.

  • Choose layer for marks, or create it
  • Specify offset from page edge, or layer content
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Dimensions InDesign

Specify dimensions and other properties of selected elements.

  • Element dimensions, each selected or combined
  • Measure selected text
  • Distance between elements
  • Includes scale option
  • Corner radius
  • Corner and rotation angles
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Export Layers

Export a separate image or PDF of each layer used on each page of a document.

  • Size to page or contents only
  • Configure file naming
  • Export JPG, PDF (interactive or print), or PNG
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Export Named Pages

Export pages each with unique file name based on page content.

  • Name by paragraph style or character style
  • Name by image, stacking order or object style
  • Prefix and suffix using variable placeholders
  • Export JPG, PDF (interactive or print), or PNG
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Export Pages To Subfolders

Export pages to subfolders with unique names based on page content.

  • Name by paragraph style or character style
  • Name by image, stacking order or object style
  • Export JPG, PDF (interactive or print), or PNG
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Find Change From Spreadsheet

Search and replace multiple text changes in one operation.

  • Match whole words only
  • Ignore case
  • Keep capitalization
  • Confirm each change
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Find Change Multi Doc

Find/change text or GREP in multiple InDesign documents.

  • Find/Change across multiple documents
  • Match whole words only
  • Ignore case
  • Keep capitalization
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Get Font Names

The script reads the application font collection and saves a CSV file with each font name, PostScript name, and name used in script code.

  • Script works in multiple Adobe apps
  • Identifies font names for ExtendScript
  • Adapt open source to customize or create other scripts
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GREP Replace From Spreadsheet

Search and replace multiple GREP patterns in one operation.

  • Match whole words only
  • Ignore case
  • Keep capitalization
  • Confirm each change
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Headshot Layout

Automate completion of “headshot” layouts of people's portraits and their names.

  • Automate placing images and text
  • Keep text with relevant image
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Image Names

Label placed graphics with their file names.

  • Select layers for images and text frames
  • Images and text can be on same layer
  • Run again to replace text labels
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Layers Rename From CSV

Rename layers from spreadsheet data of find/change pairs.

  • Change the name of any number of layers
  • Layers not in CSV are untouched
  • Save current layer names as CSV to prepare
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PDF Export Folder

Batch export a folder of InDesign documents to PDF.

  • Option to include subfolders
  • Export using any PDF Preset
  • Option to add suffix to output file names
  • Option to replace existing output files.
  • Adapt open source to customize or create other scripts
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PDF Export Single Pages

Export an InDesign document to single-page PDFs.

  • Page labels at the beginning or end of output file names
  • Absolute (document) numbering or by section
  • Set minimum digits to prefix section and page labels
  • Preview output file name before proceeding
  • Export all pages, a single page, or any range or ranges of pages
  • Export using any PDF Preset
  • Immediate or background export
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PDF Place And Export

Create documents, place PDF pages, and export new PDFs.

  • Process a single PDF or an entire folder of PDFs
  • Creates an InDesign document sized to match input PDF
  • Option to include bleed
  • If facing pages, resolves overlapping bleeds in the spine
  • Convert a PDF in reader spreads back to single pages
  • Convert a PDF in printer spreads back to single pages
  • Create printer spreads
  • Option to add spine effect
  • Export a new PDF using any PDF preset
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PDF Printer Spreads

Place PDF pages into an InDesign document and arrange the pages as printer spreads.

  • Creates an InDesign document sized to match input PDF
  • Option to include bleed
  • Resolves overlapping bleeds in the spine
  • Create printer spreads
  • Signatures nested or stack
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PDF Proof

Export a PDF proof of an InDesign document.

  • Choice of resolution
  • Pages or spreads
  • Adds suffix “_proof” to PDF file name
  • Replaces spaces with underscores to make file name web-friendly
  • Adapt open source to customize or create other scripts
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PDF Unspread

Place a PDF in reader spreads or printer spreads into an InDesign document and split the spreads apart, back to single pages.

  • Creates an InDesign document sized to match input PDF
  • Option to include bleed
  • Convert a PDF in printer spreads back to single pages
  • Convert a PDF in reader spreads back to single pages
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Resolve Overset Text

Fix overset text in InDesign documents.

  • Make visible all overset text in a document
  • Delete all overset text
  • Adapt open source to customize or create other scripts
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Step And Repeat

Repeats an image, PDF page, or masked group on each page of an InDesign document.

  • Include gutters
  • Specify bleed
  • Add trim marks
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Style Characters

Apply character styles to imported text set to bold or italic, etc.

  • Find common font styling and apply character style
  • Creates character styles if needed
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Swatch Names

Label color patches with swatch names.

  • Select layers for patches and text frames
  • Patches and text can be on same layer
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Text Cleanup

Clean up common text problems.

  • Reduce multiple spaces or tabs to one
  • Change double hyphens to em or en dash
  • Fix foot and inch marks
  • Remove empty paragraphs
  • Remove forced line breaks
  • Remove excess at end of paragraphs and stories
  • And more...
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Upscale Images

Fix low-res images in InDesign documents.

  • Specify minimum resolution
  • Upscale original images or renamed copies
  • Uses Photoshop Preserve Details 2.0
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Varnish Images

Create varnish elements for all images.

  • Varnish images in rectangular frames
  • Varnish images masked using clipping paths
  • Varnish images masked using transparency
  • Create varnish version of images if needed
  • Option to include pasted graphics
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Varnish Maker

Create varnish elements for selection, page, or spread.

  • Varnish selection, page, or spread
  • Recognizes images masked using clipping paths
  • Recognizes images masked using transparency
  • Create varnish version of images if needed
  • Varnish text
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Web Prep

Prepare documents for HTML output to web or e-books.

  • Remove zero-width characters
  • Remove forced line breaks
  • Remove column/frame/page breaks
  • Change tabs to spaces
  • Remove excess spaces
  • Remove excess at end of paragraphs and stories
  • Remove empty paragraphs
  • Remove forced capitalization/change letter case
  • And more...
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Many scripts are free to download thanks to the support of users. Help me keep developing new scripts by supporting my work. Click the button to make a contribution of any amount. Thank you.

For help installing scripts, see How to Install and Use Scripts in Adobe Creative Cloud Applications.

Also available for hire to program custom solutions. Contact William for more information.

IMPORTANT: by downloading any of the scripts on this page you agree that the software is provided without any warranty, express or implied. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Always make backups of important data.