7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 2, 2015 9:22 AM by TᴀW

    automatic table of content

    Ugo G.

      Hello Indesign scripters

       

      I am wondering there is a way to make the updating of tables of content automatic.

      Not thats it.s a chore to do it by hand but my teamates often forget to do it and have to redo the pdf export etc.

      So i'm looking for a way to eliminate this step

       

      Thank you for your kind help, yet again

       

      Best,

       

      Ugo

        • 1. Re: automatic table of content
          TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          http://www.id-extras.com/products/livetoc

           

          The first time you generate the table of contents, run LiveTOC (you'll

          need to set it up with the appropriate paragraph styles, etc.), and then

          you'll never have to bother with updating the TOC again, for the

          lifetime of the document.

           

          You'll also have the flexibility of formatting the TOC completely as you

          like, without risking losing your manual labours!

          • 2. Re: automatic table of content
            Ugo G. Level 1

            Interesting script i'm sure but whatever i do i get the message that demo allows only 5 live links per document. And nothing happends

            I made a new document with two section

            created a regular TOC (now has 2 entries showing, on page 2 and 6)

            clicked the livetoc trial script and i get the message.

             

            where did i go wrong ?

            • 3. Re: automatic table of content
              TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              It's a 2-stage process:

               

              (1) With nothing selected, run LiveTOC. In the setup window, select the

              paragraph style/s you've used for chapter titles. Set the separator

              between the chapter title and page number that you've used (probably a

              Tab or a right-indent Tab or something), and click OK.

               

              (2) Now, back in the document, select the TOC text and run LiveTOC and

              it should work.

               

              There is a video tutorial on the web page I linked to which you may want

              to watch.

               

              If it's still not working, I'll be happy to do a screenshare or

              something, just send me an email: admin (at] id-extras.com

              • 4. Re: automatic table of content
                Ugo G. Level 1

                WHat i tried to say is that i tried to do this but i never got to see the interface, i got the error message as soon i ran the script =/

                Ah and i'm on CS5 if that helps

                 

                --

                 

                EDIT

                It worked to the point where i can see the interface.

                i entered the paragraph styles i used to make the TOC

                Chose "replace existing nulbers..."

                From "1st word ..." until tab

                Create hyperlinks

                 

                OK

                 

                So far not mean messages.

                But then how does it work, because if i add pages nothing changes in the TOC...

                • 5. Re: automatic table of content
                  TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  CS5 should be fine.

                   

                  To see the settings screen, everything should be well and truly

                  deselected (Edit > Deselect All) before LiveTOC is run.

                   

                  If you did that and still do not see the settings screen, something's

                  wrong, and if you send me an email, we can try and resolve it off-forum.

                  • 6. Re: automatic table of content
                    Ugo G. Level 1

                    Ariel, my bad really.

                    I miss read and was a bit too eager

                     

                    This works fine indeed!

                     

                    If i add chapters after running the script what is the method ? Because it doesn't seem to take note the new chapter.

                    • 7. Re: automatic table of content
                      TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      If the chapters use the same paragraph styles as the other ones,

                      essentially just select the new chapters in the TOC and run LiveTOC again.

                       

                      How you add the new chapters to the TOC is a different question: If

                      you've done a lot of manual formatting to the TOC which you're loath to

                      lose, it's probably best to type them in manually. But if there's been

                      no or very little manual styling, just go ahead and regenerate the TOC

                      from InDesign, select it, and run LiveTOC again on the whole thing.