If you have used InDesign for any length of time, there was probably some time when you wished that you could just type in one place and have those changes carried over to other places in your file. You might want to create some kind of effect which requires text to be doubled up and you’d like to just be able to edit the text once instead of twice.
Well, we recognized this need, and came up with our FREE Story Cloner script.
Although the script itself is free, it requires a licensed copy of APID ToolAssistant to be installed. Assuming APID ToolAssistant is installed and licensed, each time you run the MakeClonedStories script (with text frames selected) a new Clone Set will be created. Any time you copy a text frame which is part of a Clone Set, or derivatives thereof, a new Clone Instance will be created. Any edit you do to a Clone Instance will reflect in all other Clone Instances of that set.
To remove a text frame from a Clone Set, you just run the UnCloneStories script with one or more text frames selected.
- Option #1: Purchase a license to any one of our plugins. This will license APID ToolAssistant as well as our own plugins.
- Option #2: Buy a license directly from Rorohiko.
The steps to use Story Cloner are easy:
- Download the script from here and install it in your scripts folder.
- Select a text frame (or text frames) and double click on MakeClonedStories.jsxbin
- Copy the text frame as many times as necessary.
- Now when you type in one of the frames, the result is immediately (within a second or two) reflected in all the others.
- If you need to remove a text frame from the Clone Set, you just need to select the text and double click on UnCloneStories.jsxbin.
What’s the catch?
Unfortunately Story Cloner only works with InDesign CS3 and CS4. If you are using CS2 or earlier, Story Cloner will not work. It uses features which did not exist in CS2 and earlier.Tags: APID, Scripts