11 Replies Latest reply on Oct 2, 2013 2:32 PM by Pickory

    Best Way to Set Change Bars on Right Margin

    Wandering Gypsie

      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