Can you expand on "doesn't appear to work"? It works but it doesn't 'do' anything? Did you rule out any possible User Error? At a quick glance, it contains nothing that would only work on older versions but specifically not in newer ones.
You can also try the following: http://indesignsecrets.com/using-old-scripts-in-cs3.php – since the script is last modified in 2012, it is most likely compatible with at least CS5 so try "Version 7.0 Scripts" for the 'older scripts' folder name.
I never rule out User Error, as I am new to scripts and their uses. This is what I did:
Opened my InDesign book file, that contains 24 indesign files, with the naming convention "Mxx_Title_Cxx" where the x's are numbers, depending on the chapter number, etc.
Then I double-clicked on the Script, from the Scripts Panel.
It opened up the dialog box showing all of the Book files.
I clicked on "Select All" to ensure all of the files were selected.
I chose the option "Export documents as whole documents"
I then selected an export folder destination - The desktop was my choice so they were easy to find.
I selected the "Press Quality" export setting for PDF preset.
And deselected the view PDF after exporting option, as I did not need to see them each time.
I then clicked "OK"
The next dialog box showed the Files it was going to export, but then it did not get any further than that. I waited an hour for the files to save, but it had locked the Indesign application (Application not responding)
I tried again with a combination of other Export document settings, but again it locked out at the final stage.
I also tried with some dummy files, creating a fresh book file, 4 dummy indesign A4 pages with "test" typed in, and again it locked out.
Hopefully I am not doing anything wrong here, but if I am, please let me know where I am going wrong.
I will try the older scripts in the meantime, thank you for this link, and will get back to the discussion thread should I have any success or further difficulties.
Ouch! No worries, it sounds like you did everything correct. Up to and including waiting for an hour.
Despite what I so confidently asserted, there is something that changed – for better or for worse. Exporting to PDF was changed from a blocking task (you had to wait for it to finish) to a background task. Unfortunately I have no personal experience with doing this from a script. Hopefully Peter (@pkahrel) sees this discussion and can offer a solution.
Not convenient, but one could continue to do it manually by selecting one file at a time in the book panel and exporting selected file....
Hm, just tested Peter Kahrel's script with some dummy documents in the latest version of InDesign CC-2014.2 on OSX 10.10.3.
Tried it once, had the same problem: Spinning beach ball for a few minutes. Did not wait one hour, but terminated InDesign after about five minutes.
Restarted InDesign, tried again, and then Peter's script was working fine.
The export for my six dummy documents took only some seconds.
@Dave – could it be, that your book file is in an unsaved state even if the icon for saving in the book panel is telling you, that the book file is saved?
I had this situation after terminating InDesign and reopening the book files panel. Maybe that's the problem?
And did you try Peter Kahrel's script with only one single book file in the books panel?
In the end I resorted to doing exactly that. Cheers for the suggestion.
Laubender For the initial book folder that I had opened with the 24 files, that was definitely in a saved state. And both times (with the 24 file book and the dummy 4 file book) they were the only book folders opened at the time.
I haven't tried Peter Kahrel's script with one file in a book panel. I may try that shortly.
I am wondering if an OS update on my Mac may resolve the issue. I shall check it out and get back to you.
Thank you for your time and effort with this issue.
Just wanted to get back to you with regards this issue. I deleted the script, downloaded it again, and placed it in the relevant folder in Applications (now for the Adobe Indesign 2015 CC) and it works fine.
Persistance pays off. Thank you for everyones help with this!