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Jeff Cochran
Layers and Conditional Text in a book file
on Oct 28, 2011 at 4:34:58 pm


I'm assembling a book made up of 36 different InDesign files. The book will be output in two versions. Each file has layers and conditional text that will be unique to each output file (i.e. turn on one layer and Conditional text, output the file, turn on another layer and conditional text, output another file).

My question is, once the book file has been assembled, is it possible to turn on or off layers and conditional text from the book file?

Thanks in advance.


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Dwayne Smith
Re: Layers and Conditional Text in a book file
on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:45:44 am


Unfortunately, layer visibility isn't something you can synchronise in a book file (as far as I know — check the synchronise options for your version to confirm).

You can do the layer thing with a simple applescript — but for that you need all the files open. Paste this into Script Editor :
tell application "Adobe InDesign CS4" --update this to your version
tell every document
set visible of layer "YourExactLayerName" to true -- or false as needed
end tell
end tell

I've not worked with conditional text before so, sorry, can't help you there.

Hope that helps a little.


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