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It is not currently possible to get multiple-column footnotes in InDesign natively.
If you're looking for a shortcut, and don't mind paying, check out our Footwork add-on, which can definitely automate the layout you're looking for:
It's not free, and has a small learning curve, but for the quantity of pages and footnotes you're talking about, it's worth looking into.
There is a demo version for download, and I'd be happy to help you set up a test document.
Thank you! I will talk to my boss and get back to you.
@TaW: I think we would like to look into this option. I can download the demo, and would appreciate some assistance setting up a test document.
There were two other features that we were hoping to have, so maybe you could let me know if this script would help with that:
1) The footnotes are meant to be "continuous," i.e. more than one per line, and wrapping to the next line.
2) They are meant to have bold numbers so that each footnote stands out in the continuous text.
Can your script do these things? If not, we might still be interested.
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Yes, Footwork can indeed do continuous footnotes, not a problem. As for making the numbers bold, there are various ways of doing that (regular find/change, or GREP style, etc.) in InDesign natively.
Regarding assistance with setting up a test doc, I'd be happy to help out. Send me an email: admin [at] id-extras.com and we'll take it from there.