9 Replies Latest reply on Oct 18, 2016 8:58 PM by johnt53984649

    Custom Prompt Box

    johnt53984649 Level 2

      Is it possible to create a custom prompt that contains multiple text fields and checkboxes, each of which correspond to setting values of certain variables in a script that should then be continued once an "Okay" button is pressed?  Here's an example drawing of what I'm looking for.


      After activating the script, the following prompt should pop up:


      After making selections and entering values and pressing okay, the values of variables in my script should change based upon what was entered into the prompt.  Then the rest of the script should then be executed.


      How could I create such a prompt?

        • 2. Re: Custom Prompt Box
          Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Yes, as JJ mentioned, read up on it in the JavaScript Tools Guide. But here's an example:

          • 3. Re: Custom Prompt Box
            johnt53984649 Level 2

            Thanks for the advice everybody.


            I've been looking around for some sample code and I'm getting somewhat confused.  Some code appears as all red in extendscript while other types still color code certain aspects of the script.  For example, compare:





            So the syntax is noticeably different between these two and I'm not sure I understand the advantages of either.  I'm leaning toward the first example because it's much easier to read but, for example, I cannot figure out how to create a dropdown box in the first example while it's clear how to in the second one.

            • 4. Re: Custom Prompt Box
              JJMack Most Valuable Participant

              I do not use the ectendscript toolkit to edit develop and test scripts. I do not like how all the window contents seem to jump around and had problem with it where scripts that worked in Photoshop did not work when run in the extendscript toolkit.


              Most of my dialogs are created bo copy paste form example fond in this forum and scripts I have downloaded from the web and the scripts that ship with Photoshop.. I change to suite my needs.


              Drop down list consisted of and array of interns and a index into that list.  Here I so code I used for placement list and font list. In my collages populating dialogs.



              dlg.msgPnl.grp5a =dlg.msgPnl.add('group');
              dlg.msgPnl.grp5a.st1 = dlg.msgPnl.grp5a.add('statictext',undefined,'Name Stamp Text  Location:');
              var position =['Top Left','Top Center','Top Right','Center Left','Center','Center Right','Bottom Left','Bottom Center','Bottom Right'];
              dlg.msgPnl.grp5a.dd1 = dlg.msgPnl.grp5a.add('dropdownlist',undefined,position);
              dlg.msgPnl.grp6a =dlg.msgPnl.add('group');
              dlg.msgPnl.grp6a.st1 = dlg.msgPnl.grp6a.add('statictext',undefined,'Font');
              fontlist = new Array();
              for (var i=0,len=app.fonts.length;i<len;i++) {
                 fontlist[i] =  app.fonts[i].name;
              dlg.msgPnl.grp6a.dd1 = dlg.msgPnl.grp6a.add('dropdownlist',undefined,fontlist);
              • 5. Re: Custom Prompt Box
                Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                There are two types of code for creating UIs, I prefer the first example you posted. Just never really had much luck creating the second, which is called "Resource Specifications." Because the second is completely wrapped in quotes, it make the entire code red, and in my opinion, harder to see errors you might make. As JJ said, it's good to look at other code, like the stuff that come with PS, and on the web, to get an idea how things are done. A drop down like is pretty easy:


                var dlg = new Window('dialog','dropdownlist test');
                var myDropListItems = new Array('one', 'two', 'three');//make an array with the items you want in your dropdownlist
                dlg.dropList = dlg.add('dropdownlist',undefined,myDropListItems);//creates the dropdownlist
                dlg.dropList.selection = 0;//selects the first item in the list as the default.
                • 6. Re: Custom Prompt Box
                  johnt53984649 Level 2

                  Thank you very much.  However, is it possible to make a search function for these drop down boxes?  For example, if my drop down box contains:

                  "Heat Test"

                  "Heat Wave"




                  I can start typing, but it will only match the value to the first letter of whatever I type in.  I can't type in "Heat Wave" and have it match heat wave because by the time I've pressed "W" it just selects "Waffle."


                  Do you you know of any way to make these dropdown boxes more searchable?  This is important because my dropdown boxes will contain many items.

                  • 7. Re: Custom Prompt Box
                    Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    No, I don't know about making them more searchable, in the way you want. I would suggest making sure they are in alphanumeric order, so you type the first letter, then hopefully scroll down to the one you want.

                    • 8. Re: Custom Prompt Box
                      SuperMerlin Level 5

                      From:- http://www.kahrel.plus.com/indesign/scriptui.html

                      ScriptUI for dummies | Peter Kahrel

                      Searchable dropdown list


                      var numbers = ["one", "two", "three", "thirty", "hundred"];
                      var w = new Window ("dialog", "Drop-down select");
                      var ddown = w.add ("dropdownlist", undefined, numbers);
                      ddown.minimumSize.width = 200;
                      ddown.selection = 0; 
                      ddown.active = true;
                      var buffer = "";
                      ddown.onActivate = function () {buffer = ""}
                      ddown.addEventListener ("keydown", function (k)
                      buffer += k.keyName.toLowerCase();
                      var i = 0;
                      while (i < numbers.length-1 && numbers[i].toLowerCase().indexOf (buffer) != 0)
                      if (numbers[i].toLowerCase().indexOf (buffer) == 0)
                      ddown.selection = i;
                      w.add ("button", undefined, "OK");
                      w.show ();
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                      • 9. Re: Custom Prompt Box
                        johnt53984649 Level 2

                        The script doesn't seem to work very well for me; I have a similar problem to what I had before and I can't even type the next letter before it jumps to another name starting with the next letter.  In your specific example, when I type "two" it selects "one" because "o" was the last letter I typed.  Although "two" remains selected after typing "tw", it's that last "o" that changes it back to "one."  I need to be able to type out the whole word and have it match to that, but I can't seem to do it with this current example.  As you can imagine, this is quite the problem when I have drop down lists containing hundreds of names.


                        Maybe it would be possible to create a separate text field that automatically matches the whole string of input text to one of the names in the drop down list?  I want to use the drop down list instead of plain text fields to avoid user input error that breaks the script if something is misspelled.  A predefined list of choices (drop down list) fixes that, but there are so many names to select from that I have to make them easily searchable to the user.


                        I'm not sure what the solution is from this point.