You should work in WORD with styles. Paragraph styles and Character Styles. Import the text not via copy and paste, import it via File > Place …
You mean - turn every bold and italic into a character style in Word? That sounds like an awful lot of work, might as well manually re-apply every format in InDesign, which is what I'm doing at the moment and it's doing my head in. I'm looking for a way to speed this process up.
Place the file in ID. The bold and italic should come through just fine.
Create two character styles in ID. One for bold and one for italic.
Do a find and change for any bold text and change it to have the bold style. Same with italic.
Takes on a minute or two and I think there’s a script floating around to do it.
Hm... that might work if I was doing a fresh design and if the whole text was all in one flow. But the specific problem I have is that I have a pre-made design of this brochure, which is in Czech, and I have a word file with all the texts from the brochure translated to Croatian, so I have to paste the translations piece by piece into already existing text frames in order to preserve the same layout and formatting, and different parts of the text use different fonts... so just placing a whole 70-page file into Indesign and formatting it at once and find/replacing all styles doesn't really work here.
Maybe my situation is simply too specific and there's no help :/
Ideally it would be possible to only paste with basic formatting... Dreamweaver has this option, for example. I hoped maybe there's a secret in InDesign for a similar functionality or maybe even that newer versions of ID have this option, since I'm using quite an old one...
have a look at the script RichPaste v1.4 by Marc Autret:
Had no time to test it yet, but it could be useful in your case.
Please report back, if it is of any use. And also drop Marc a line…
I think you should reconsider your workflow:
- You should work with styles everywhere
- Work with a single threaded text and not with hundreds of independent text frames. If you need specific frame breaks, do it with Paragraph Styles and their break options.
- You might consider for translation issues to use XML or at least the IDML. IDML is a zipped file with XML content. You can replace text there to in a text editor.
- Bold and Italic should always be done with styles, I recommend to use strong and em as style and not bold and italic as it would be to descriptive.
Just a follow-up with testing the script RichPaste by Marc Autret:
I had trouble with the part of the script that will add a new menu command. The command was not be created, instead an error message popped up:
An attached (executed?) script is causing the following error:
Object is invalid
Do you want to deactivate the event handler?
[ ] Do not show again
This warning popped up three times. Every time I answered the warning message with [no].
After that I restarted the script again and it did what it supposed to do: Pasted the text with bold and italic preserved to the insertion point I selected before.
The issue with the menu could be due to my language version of InDesign, that is German.
I will investigate what is causing this. And also contact Marc on this issue.
But the other functionality is working as expected:
Tested with InDesign CC 2014.2 on Mac OSX 10.7.5.
Uwe, thank you SO much! RichPaste seems to work like cake for me!! That's exactly what I was looking for!!