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Property of the script line: InDesign Pages.


Use this property to select a non-dated InDesign file (containing no tokens) to use in the current InDesign Pages script line.


To select or change the InDesign file used:


1.Select this property in the properties inspector and click on the ellipsis button.

2.In the file selection dialog that then appears, select the InDesign file you wish to use.

3.Click on INSPECT.


Q++Studio will then perform a quick scan of the selected InDesign file to determine its size and number of pages.


Once the inspection scan is complete, depending on your preferences, the name of the selected file may then appear in the scripts editor, as shown on the right.


Both InDesign Pages and GridTemplates are normal InDesign files, as far as InDesign is concerned. The difference lies in the way Q++Studio treats these files. Q++Studio will scan a GridTemplate for tokens, but will ignore the contents of InDesignPages (even if it contains tokens).

However, you can use Global Saras to display the value of global tokens such as [year] script year, [yyyy:now] year of now, [ref#] job/reference number , which can be useful to apply reference/SKU information to InDesignPages, such as maps, which might be shared between many different diaries.

The scan performed here is only used to determine the size and number of pages of the InDesign file selected. This information is used to update the # defined pages property and verify that the selected file's height and width do not exceed the values set in size: height and width.

By default Q++Studio will use all the pages of the selected InDesign file. If you wish to use only certain pages, set the selected pages property appropriately.


Contrary to the InDesign files used in the GridTemplate property, the InDesign files used in InDesign Pages are not saved in the shared database. This is because of potential file size problems; a GridTemplate usually has 2 pages with few if any graphics, while a plain InDesign file may have over 30 pages with many graphics.


If the selected InDesign file has later been modified, moved, or deleted, an error message will be generated, preventing you from executing the current script (in the case of the Grid Template property, it is only a warning). This is the case, even if the file was only modified, since that could mean that the size and/or number of pages has been modified.


See also: InDesign file ID, InDesign page count, selected page count, selected pages, times repeated, total page count.


Topic 183430, last updated on 01-Aug-2020