4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 26, 2013 9:26 AM by Trevorׅ

    Help, please, with a beforeQuit script

    RobertKyle Level 2

      The script uses a beforeQuit event handler to copy InDesign libraries from one folder to another. Some of the libraries are large and the process takes a while.


      I would like to display a progress bar so that users know that their PCs haven't frozen up. But it only flashes into view briefly. Then the InDesign window closes, but the file-copying is still taking place.


      Is there some way to delay the actual quit event until the beforeQuit function has finished? Or maybe what I need is a way to display the progress bar that isn't dependent on InDesign.

        • 1. Re: Help, please, with a beforeQuit script
          Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

          Hi Robert


          You can use vb and applescript

          To display a simple alert that won't close on the application quite is quite simple.

          Note the use of the 3 quote marks.

          A progress bar is more complicated.



          myVBScript = '''MsgBox "Hello there",64,"My message Box"''';
          myAppleScript = """tell application "System Events" to display notification "Hi there!" with title "Greetings" """;
          // if the above notifcation doesn't work i.e. old o.s. then you can do the below alert
          // myAppleScript = """tell application "System Events" to display alert "Hi there!" """;
          if ($.os.match(/^W/)) app.doScript(myVBScript,ScriptLanguage.VISUAL_BASIC);
          else app.doScript(myAppleScript,ScriptLanguage.APPLESCRIPT_LANGUAGE);
          // see
          // http://www.javascriptkit.com/javatutors/vbalert.shtml
          // http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5588064/how-do-i-make-a-mac-terminal-pop-up-alert-applescript
          // https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/applescript/conceptual/applescriptlangguide/reference/aslr_cmds.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40000983-CH216-SW224



          • 2. Re: Help, please, with a beforeQuit script
            RobertKyle Level 2

            Thanks for that... my original post didn't make it clear that I want to run a progress bar, not just because it might be cooler, but because it can dismiss itself when the file copying is complete.


            But you've given me the idea of using a javascript beforeQuit handler to launch a vb script (wish I could use AppleScript, but alas) that takes care of file copying. My vb skills are pretty rusty, but I can probably plow thru that. If a progress bar is "complicated" can I infer that it's not impossible?

            • 3. Re: Help, please, with a beforeQuit script
              Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

              Hi Robert,


              The notifications also dismiss themselves after they pop up, but in vb it seems to be quite complicated to do anyway.

              As far as a progress bar seeing as you are monitoring a file copying process that monitoring could be done by an external program written in a language suitable for you.


              Although some people would advise against it you could use this workflow.


              Firstly write the programs to do the monitoring and progress bar then you can get indesign to execute the program as follows


              1) On Close save a data file that contains a list of the files that need to be copied from where to where.

              2) Get indesign to execute the monitoring program

              3) The monitoring progress bar program can read the data file and show the progress bar appropriately.


              Defiantly doable, but no so easy. In applescript I think it would be quite easy but as you said "alas"



              • 4. Re: Help, please, with a beforeQuit script
                Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

                This thread my be helpful http://forums.adobe.com/message/5608266#5608266

                In particular post 4 by Ariel