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Replace a group with a placed eps image

By MatthewMariani January 31, 2012

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Replace a group with a placed eps image

Replace a group of page items with a linked eps file InDesign allows you to export elements on a page out to files in various formats, including eps format. In the case of eps, however, you are limited to exporting an entire page. The script, “replaceSelectedGroupWithEPS.jsx,” uses a workaround to enable you to export a group of items on a page without exporting the entire page. The script then imports the eps created to replace the original page content. This script will prove useful if you create diagrams or figures using multiple page items within InDesign and you want to tag these items as a single element for pdf output or if you wish to reuse the content elsewhere. How to use replaceSelectedGroupWithEPS.jsx Select either a single group of page items or a single page item located on a single page. Run the script. Enter a name for the eps file to be created when prompted. Results The selected element will be replaced in the layout by a linked eps file created by the script. The eps file will reside in a subfolder called “Links” within the folder containing the current InDesign document. This subfolder is created by the script if it does not already exist. The originally selected group or page item is not deleted; it is moved to an invisible layer called “hide.” The script creates this layer if it does not yet exist. If the targeted group is anchored, the eps image will be similarly anchored. Limitations Exporting page elements containing text wraps or text set to align to the baseline grid may cause text to move from its original position in the eps file created. A group targeted by the script must reside entirely on a single page. The script supports custom anchored elements and inline elements, but it does not support above line elements. The script uses the default eps export options. Change the default eps export settings before running the script if necessary. The script works in InDesign CS 5.5 or higher.

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License: Freeware
Cost: Free
Platform: Mac
File format: ZIP | 4.3 KB

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Author: MatthewMariani
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Date published: January 31, 2012
Approval: None
Compatible product(s): InDesign CS5


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