Convert Multicolumn Text Frames to Individual Frames Script
Yes, that’s right, it’s time for another episode of your favorite show: You Need a Script! Today’s contestant is Paul, who wrote:
I am currently training in a newspaper workflow where they generally design in single text frames divided into columns. They are looking for a script that will break these columns into linked frames with the copy running through them as before. They sometimes need to do this so as to make one column wider than the others.
Paul, what can I say? (Everyone join in) You Need a Script!
Unfortunately, when you wrote to us, such a script didn’t seem to exist. So we turned the thumbscrews on our friend Steve Wareham, who wrote one up in a jiffy. Once you install the script (just put it inside the Scripts Panel folder on your hard drive) you can select any multi-column text frame, then double-click on the script to convert the columns to individual frames. It’s awesome!
(Folks, if you find yourself in need of a feature that InDesign doesn’t have, you might want to contact Steve or another scripter to help you achieve your goals. Then, if you think others might benefit from it, let us know and we’d gladly post it and give you credit for it. We’re working on compiling an index of scripters)
By the way, Paul followed up with us, noting, “The script does exactly what is needed. Brilliant job. Although many people will wonder why this script is needed, the fact is that newspapers often need — at very short notice — to extend one column longer than other or extend one column wider or narrower around an ad.” Excellent point! Another option, for those who haven’t seen it, is the SmartLayout plug-in from Woodwing. It’s pretty amazing, but also more expensive, of course.