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Best Way to Set Change Bars on Right Margin

Sep 30, 2013 7:39 AM

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?

 

Second: I need a way to automate the above so that it can be applied to many instances of change. I have character style that marks every change which comes into InDesign from InCopy. From what I've seen, it doesn't look like it will be too hard to write a (javascript) script that does the above for every occurrence of the character style, thus automatically inserting my change bar/anchored object in every location where it's needed.

 

Does this sound right? Any suggestions or references to existing scripts that do something like this?

 

Thanks

 
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    Sep 30, 2013 7:50 AM   in reply to Wandering Gypsie

    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).

     
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    Sep 30, 2013 8:12 AM   in reply to Michael Witherell
     
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    Sep 30, 2013 8:19 AM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    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.

     
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    Sep 30, 2013 8:35 AM   in reply to Michael Witherell

    Indeed - but you can't print or export them from InDesign's Story View.

     

    But the scripts do help.

     
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    Sep 30, 2013 8:58 AM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    Yes, that is a neat trick that InCopy can do! I will bet someone could write a script to wake that feature up within InDesign.

     
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    Sep 30, 2013 1:08 PM   in reply to Wandering Gypsie

    Hello WG,

     

    Whatch that space, you might see some thing useful to you in the next few days.

     

    P.

     

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    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.

     

    P.

     
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    Oct 2, 2013 2:32 PM   in reply to Pickory

    Hello,

     

    We did write a plugin, a plugin to our comercial plugin EditMarks. It puts change bars one a text frame with track changes.

    InDesign Track Changes Side Bar Markers EditMarks.png

    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.

     

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