1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 27, 2012 4:48 PM by lithodora

    Resizing and conversion of Multi Ad Creator files to InDesign files


      Hi all


      I am really out of my depth here! Hope someone can help me...


      I am part of a project at my company to investigate the quickest and easiest way to open Multi Ad files and resize them, including resizing the content to fit. The size change is only a width change but we have thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of files that would need to be resized. I believe we will only need to change the files as we need them, not upgrade every file on our system. We are looking at upgrading our software at the same time, so the options we are looking at are going from our current versions of Multi Ad to the new version 8 Multi Ad, or ideally switching over to InDesign CS6.


      We've been researching a way to convert .muad files to .indd files but the below process is the only way we can seem to get it to open. Manual resizing (or possible use of liquid layout) is what we could do to update the sizes, but if this can be automated to would be amazing.



      Open previously created MultiAd EPS file in Distiller/Acrobat (set with a PDF profile to match Ad Production).

      Open PDF in InDesign CS6 using Markzware plugin (to make the PDF editable in InDesign).

      Artwork opens and then links fix themselves and if required, ad resized to new four column size…. There are multiple old and new sizes so there will need to be some input from the operator to tell the script which size we are changing to.


      I am wondering if it's possible to use an AppleScript to do this for us? I haven't used it before and wouldn't know where to start in writing one. It will be complicated as we not only have to tell Multi Ad to create EPS's then distill/PDF them in Distiller/Acrobat with particular profiles, then tell InDesign to use a plugin to open the PDF's to make them editable native files, and THEN ask InDesign to relink the images, resize the document as well as resizing artwork proportionally to fit.


      This would be our ideal world. Alternatively is to keep with Multi Ad and write a script to open the old files into the new version, and resize. (But I want InDesign!). A third alternative is to have a script to open the MultiAd EPS files in Illustrator but is a poor choice i believe for a page layout program.


      Any ideas or input would be fantastic, I am a designer so am not that great with the technical side of things.


      Thanks all!

        • 1. Re: Resizing and conversion of Multi Ad Creator files to InDesign files




          I am working on a similiar project. Except I am working with Creator 7 and moving toward InDesign CS5.


          We are unable to use the plugin.  I am writing the whole thing in applescript to iterate through the ads and bring them to InDesign...  I wish we could use the plugin, but it won't run on our OS.


          To get you started--- Export EPS file from Creator:



          set outFold to (("/Users/ME/Desktop/Proofs/In" as POSIX file) as alias) as string

          --set outFold to (choose folder with prompt "Where should the EPS files be exported to?") as string


          tell application "MultiAd Creator Pro"




                    ---This takes the name of the document and pulls out what is the ad number for us  ---change it as needed

          set nams to (name of document 1)

          set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {" "}

          set nams to text item 1 of nams

          set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {""}

          set nam to ""

          repeat with g from 1 to length of nams

            if g is not 1 then

            if g is not 2 then

            set nam to nam & character g of nams

            end if

            end if

          end repeat



            --we have the name... now add the extension

          set nam to nam & ".eps"

          --Export it:

          with timeout of 3600 seconds

            export EPS spread 1 of document 1 saving in ((outFold) & nam) font inclusion all fonts

          end timeout


          close document 1 with saving

          end tell




          Distiller is monitoring the 'In' folder and creates the PDFs when one is created.



          I'm far from done with getting a working script to bring Creator to Indesign.... It has a good deal of problems still. It's why I came to these forums in fact.


          Good Luck