6 Replies Latest reply on Jun 20, 2017 5:58 AM by NAJ

    Place InDesign File into another Indesign File

    NAJ

      Hi All,

       

      I'm trying to place an InDesign file into another Indesign document for resizing purposes. The problem I'm having is specifying the place options. When you place a PDF you can specify PDF place preferences but there doesn't seem to be any INDD place preferences in applescript so I'm unable to specify what page of the document I want to place or the bounding box to use. This looks to be a bit of a dead end in Applescript so I wander if anybody could offer a solution in Extend JavaScript? Below is the applescript code that will allow me to place and InDesign file but does not allow me to specify the page I want to place or bounding box.

       

      set inddFile to choose file of type "IDdC"

       

      tell application "Adobe InDesign CC 2017"

         -->I need to be able to set the below option for an INDD file
        

         (*tell PDF place preferences
             set page number to 2
             set PDF crop to crop trim
         end tell*)

        

         set mydoc to active document

         set pageFrame to item 1 of (every page item of mydoc whose label is "pageFrame")

         tell pageFrame

             place inddFile

             fit given proportionally

             fit given center content

         end tell

      end tell

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Place InDesign File into another Indesign File
          Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi,

          cannot help with AppleScript code, but with ExtendScript:

           

          1. The preferences for PDF placement are on the application: app.pdfPlacePreferences

          There you set pageNumber, pdfCrop and transparentBackground.

          2. A page object has a place() method where you define the file—your PDF file—and a placePoint.

           

          You also could draw a rectangle on a page first and use place() on that rectangle, then you need no placePoint.

           

          This should be possible with AppleScript as well.

           

          Regards,
          Uwe

          • 2. Re: Place InDesign File into another Indesign File
            NAJ Level 1

            Hi Uwe,

             

            thanks for your response but I know how to place a specific page of a pdf into InDesign but I want to place the specific page of a InDesign file into another InDesign file. The reason for wanting to do this is for resizing purpose i.e. lets say the InDesign document that I want to place has 3 pages and is 297 x 420mm and the file that I want to place it into is 210 x 297mm. I was hoping to not have to export a PDF file just to have to reimport into a different size document.

             

            Thanks,

            Ni

            • 3. Re: Place InDesign File into another Indesign File
              Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Ni,

              sorry. Was it the heat today?
              I was so fixated on pdfs…

               

              See for app.importedPageAttrbutes where you can define:

              importedPageCrop and pageNumber .

               

              What you are placing is an importedPage object.

               

              Question is, if it is a good idea in contrast to exporting PDF/X-4 and placing the PDFs…
              Handling is slower. You will get into trouble maybe, if you store documents with placed InDesign pages in InDesign book files that you want to open in a different InDesign version.

               

              Regards,
              Uwe

              • 4. Re: Place InDesign File into another Indesign File
                NAJ Level 1

                Hi Uwe,

                 

                no problem, think the heat is affecting everyone today!!

                 

                Are you saying that I need to place the InDesign file first and then reference it as an Imported page to be able to use the PageCrop and PageNumber or rather than using the Place command I should be looking at Importing it?

                 

                Once I have placed/imported the InDesign file I will be exporting it as a pdf. I just want the ability to use 1 size of an InDesign file and export it as PDF that has different dimensions.

                 

                Thanks,

                Nik

                • 5. Re: Place InDesign File into another Indesign File
                  Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  … Are you saying that I need to place the InDesign file first and then reference it as an Imported page to be able to use the PageCrop and PageNumber or rather than using the Place command I should be looking at Importing it?

                   

                  Hi Nik,

                  no.

                   

                  Before placing you are doing all the necessary preferences, then you'll placing.

                   

                  Not tested and some pseudo code with the file object:

                   

                  var oldPrefs = app.importedPageAttributes.properties;
                  app.importedPageAttributes.properties =
                  {
                  importedPageCrop : ImportedPageCropOptions.CROP_BLEED ,
                  pageNumber : 1
                  };
                  
                  var inddFile  = File("/blablabaPath/myInDesignDoc.indd");
                  var whereToPlace = app.activeDocument;
                  var pageToPlace = whereToPlace.pages[0];
                  
                  pageToPlace.place( inddFile );
                  
                  app.importedPageAttributes.properties = oldPrefs;
                  

                   

                  Since you are placing InDesign documents you could open the doc you want to place, check for pages.length, closing the doc and know how many pages you have to place.

                   

                  Regards,

                  Uwe

                  • 6. Re: Place InDesign File into another Indesign File
                    NAJ Level 1

                    Hi Uwe,

                     

                    Perfect!!!

                     

                    Here's an applescript version of your code:

                     

                    set inddFile to choose file of type "IDdC"
                    
                    tell application "Adobe InDesign CC 2017"
                      set oldPrefs to properties of imported page attributes
                    
                      tell imported page attributes
                      set imported page crop to crop content
                      set page number to 2
                      end tell
                    
                      set mydoc to active document
                      set pageFrame to item 1 of (every page item of mydoc whose label is "pageFrame")
                      tell pageFrame
                      place inddFile
                      fit given proportionally
                      fit given center content
                      end tell
                    
                      set properties of imported page attributes to oldPrefs
                    end tell
                    

                     

                    Many Thanks,

                    Nik

                    Nik

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