4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 2, 2016 3:59 PM by Obi-wan Kenobi

    Problem of geometric bounds! …

    Obi-wan Kenobi Adobe Community Professional

      Hi all,


      My Doc has the same page format with a similar text frame on each page and it has several pages!

      I have a loop on the results of a grep find/replace.


      With this:


      for (i = 0; i < myFound.length; i++)
             var myFrame = myFound[i].parentTextFrames[0];
             var myBaseline = myFrame.geometricBounds[2] - myFound[i].baseline; 


      I would like to calculate myBaseline, but I get an error on line 04.


      Capture d’écran 2016-09-02 à 21.22.29.png


      In fact, what I want to get the position of text by reference at the bottom of its text frame!


      Thanks in advance!


      (^/)  [tired tonight!]

        • 1. Re: Problem of geometric bounds! …
          Skemicle Level 3

          I set myFound to app.selection and this gives the distance from the baseline of the selection to the bottom of the text frame. So I'm thinking that if you insert app.selection = myFound[i] before your myBaseline variable and change myFound[i].baseline; to app.selection.baseline It may work.. but i haven't really done anything with grep find/replace in scripts so i don't know how to go about testing my theory... (yet) =P

          • 2. Re: Problem of geometric bounds! …
            Obi-wan Kenobi Adobe Community Professional

            Hi Skemicle! 


            The selection is OK with this! … But apparently the problem seems to be on the line 03.


                   var myFrame = myFound[i].parentTextFrames[0];  


            Not really sure this line works! 



            • 3. Re: Problem of geometric bounds! …
              Loic.Aigon Adobe Community Professional

              Hi Michel,


              Great chances here that the text object is actually hidden. In this case, parentTextFrames length equals 0 and accessing a property of a non valid reference would throw your error.


              You may want to first check if the reference is valid through


              if ( myFound[i].parentTextFrames[0].isValid ) {

                   //do whatever you need


                  else {

                   //do something different.






              • 4. Re: Problem of geometric bounds! …
                Obi-wan Kenobi Adobe Community Professional

                Hi Loïc,


                The text object wasn't hidden, but you're totally right when you said that something was not "valid"!

                The word put me on the right track! 


                The script works before I modify this point:

                Before: the script compared the "baseline" to a delimiter X

                After: it compares "bottom of the text frame - baseline" to a new delimiter Y


                What I forgot to change, below the code lines I showed, is the direction of the sign:


                if (myBaseline > myDelimiter) {




                … to:


                if (myBaseline < myDelimiter) {




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