Chapter 37. Using Scripts
IN THIS CHAPTER
Installing and accessing scripts
Learning more about scripting
Scripting automates many features in InDesign — it's essentially a way to program InDesign to do specific actions. Because InDesign uses standard script languages, you can also run scripts that work with multiple programs in concert, including InDesign. (All the applications must support the same scripting language, of course.) For example, you might use scripts to automate database publishing, such as to run a database search, export data to a text file, import that file into InDesign, and then apply the appropriate formatting.
InDesign supports three scripting languages:
AppleScript on the Mac only
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) on Windows only
As you become comfortable with scriptwriting, you're also likely to discover that virtually everything you do with InDesign is a repetitive task. The more you can free yourself of this kind of work by using scripts, the more time you have to be creative. The possibilities are ...