Before you can use the BoxedStepAndRepeat plug-in you also have to install our free APID ToolAssistant plug-in.
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This plug-in allows you to create a ‘smart’ step-and repeat system.
Before you start installing, exit out of InDesign.
Please make sure you have a copy of the APID ToolAssistant plug-in installed. Make sure you install the proper plug-in for your version of InDesign since the plug-ins are mutually incompatible. The Windows CS5.x plug-ins also come with an additional folder with a parenthesised name which needs to be copied along.
If you already have an APID ToolAssistant plug-in installed (e.g. because you use one of our other plug-ins), make sure it is up-to-date.
You will be installing two separate, but related software products: BoxedStepAndRepeat and APID ToolAssistant. For continued use you only need to purchase a license for BoxedStepAndRepeat. It will continue to work even when the APID ToolAssistant demo expires.
i.e You do NOT need to purchase an additional license for APID ToolAssistant.
Copy the BoxedStepAndRepeat.spln into the same folder as the APID ToolAssistant plug-in (typically that will be the InDesign Plug-Ins folder). Don’t worry about the icon of the .spln file: it might not be a ‘regular’ icon, and that’s OK.
First get a hold of one or more basic elements, position them as desired and group them. Then create a box, and paste the grouped elements into it. This is your basic cell, drag the four sides of the box in or out until the amount of margin around the group of pasted-in elements is the way you like it.
The basic cell will be repeated a number of times horizontally, vertically or both, and the surrounding box is ‘shrunk’ as necessary to respect the same amount of margin that was used in the original basic cell – it will never cut any elements in half.
Select the box, and give it the script label: repeater (all lowercase) – this is a ‘magic word’ that tells the plug-in it should jump into action when this particular box is resized. It is allowed to have many boxes all labeled with this same magic word..
You can use the same palette to remove the word repeater from a box at some later point in time, after which the box becomes a normal box again.
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