I am trying to streamline our proofing workflow at work. I want to take the contents of an indesign file (id1) and place them into placeholders in another indesign file (id2) so that all of the pages from id1 are scaled and pages are generated as needed in id2. In the spirit of Data Merge, sort of.
Id2 is our proof sheet, with information specific to the jobs along the top and bottom of an 8.5x11 page. Within that page I put a placeholder that matches the ratio of the pages on id1. I then want to place id1 (a series of 22x28 signs) into the placeholder and have it put all of the pages in automatically, without me having to make a new page, and click the placeholder.
Is there some magic or common sense I am missing? Thanks for any help, and have a great day!
I think the placeholder might be a problem. On the other hand, you might be able to run Scott Zanelli's script to do waht you want, without a placeholder. See InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Zanelli Releases MultiPageImporter for Importing both PDF and INDD Files
How would the Importer deal with placement? Would it be a matter of calculating scale and placement offset before running script?
Essentially, yes, but there are some positioning options in the interface that require no calculations at all (centered, for example) for offsets. Download it and give it a look. I love it.