Before you can use the PlaceAutoSynchronizer plug-in you also have to install our free APID ToolAssistant plug-in.
Change History for PlaceAutoSynchronizer
This product is not supported any more, and won’t be updated or bug-fixed. It is still available for download on an ‘as-is’ basis.
How to auto-update text placed in InDesign.
Create an auto-updating text or image frame.
You can use this plug-in for a wide range of solutions – a few ideas:
- Automated publishing: copy new images and text descriptions over the previous ones and have the layout auto-update.
- Synchronized text: multiple frames can ‘subscribe’ to the same boilerplate text. Each time the text changes, all subscribing frames auto-update.
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 platform and version of InDesign, and don’t omit any of the component files or folders of APID ToolAssistant; there can be multiple items that need to be installed.
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: PlaceAutoSynchronizer and APID ToolAssistant. PlaceAutoSynchronizer will continue to work when the APID ToolAssistant demo expires; i.e you do NOT need to purchase a license for APID ToolAssistant.
Copy the PlaceAutoSynchronizer.spln into the same folder as the APID ToolAssistant plug-in (typically that will be the Adobe 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.
To place a synchronized image or text file, create a text or image frame. Then select the frame, and give the frame the script label: subscribe (all lowercase). A file selection dialog should pop up – pick and choose a placeable file to place into the frame (an image, a text file, an RTF file, a PDF file…).
If you want styled text, you can use RTF files. Make sure you always use fonts that are both available in your text editor and in InDesign.
This operation creates a ‘live’ placed file: each time the placed file changes or gets overwritten, the frame contents will be updated automatically. Also keep in mind that it is allowed to have multiple frames subscribe to the same disk file – so you can have multiple frames that display the same, synchronized data.
To later disable the automated place for a particular frame: select the frame, open the Script Label palette again and delete the label to disable any future ‘Place Auto-Synchronization’ for the frame.
The PlaceAutoSynchronizer is not terribly smart, and only handles unthreaded text frames – it does not work if you thread multiple frames together. Let us know if this is an important issue for you, at [email protected]. Or post a message on our Message Board! Thanks!
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