I'm an InDesign newbie and need to set change bars on the right margin. I have a two-part question.
First: from looking around at relevant blogs/tutorials that I've found, I've come to the conclusion that my best approach is to:
1. Creat an (rectangle) object
2. Draw a line with the desired change bar properties
3. Cut and paste the line into the object
4. Cut the object
5. Use Object > Anchored Object > Insert to set the size and location of the object
5a. X = aligned to page margin at negative width of containing frame (e.g., -45p0)
5b. Y = alingned at baseline
Does this sound right? Are there alternative/better ways?
Does this sound right? Any suggestions or references to existing scripts that do something like this?
Why not simply click on Edit > Preferences > Track Changes > Change Bar > and choose Location: Right Margin?
Track changes can be turned on in both InCopy and InDesign (seen in the Story Editor mode).
I think they need a visual in the layout - not just Story Mode.
There's this script here
Wonderful set of scripts! The OP doesn't say whether he is trying to work in Layout view, but you might be right. Seems odd to put it into Layout when the feature is already well developed in Story Editor or Story View.
Sorry I didn't make this clear from the start. My change bar requirement is not for track changes during editing, but rather in the actual production output. The final output must have a bar on the right margin that matches each line that has been changed from the previous version of the content.
I've now had a chance to look at the EditMarks script. It appears to me that it gets me close to what I want, but not quite there. If I understand correctly, the two viewing options available are underline and color. But I need that bar on the right margin.
If there were a way to modify EditMarks so that it reproduced the change bar that's present in Track Changes, then I think it would give me what I need. I'm not sure if it's possible to modify the EditMarks script.
I located this script, "Vertical Rules", by Peter Kahrel ( http://www.kahrel.plus.com/indesign/vertical_rules.html ) which provides the change bar I want as a styled anchored object. I'll need to modify his script in a couple ways to make it work the way I want, but this is close:
1. The bar should be applied based on the presence of a specifed character style within the paragraph
2. The bar should be on the right margin
3. The bar should be only as tall as the line which has been changed (not the entire paragraph)
Whatch that space, you might see some thing useful to you in the next few days.
Edit to say, between posts, "Vertical Rules", could do what you are after.
Your request has promted me to develop a plugin that does just this.
We did write a plugin, a plugin to our comercial plugin EditMarks. It puts change bars one a text frame with track changes.
The screen shot is showing EditMarks drawing the underline and the carets, The PDF sticky notes are drawn by our PDFStick notes plugin and the side bar markers are new.