Create Word Clouds in InDesign With Wordalizer
Word clouds are fun way to capture the essence of an article, a story, or even a whole book in a single graphic element. But you’d never want to make one manually. Fortunately, there is a great script for creating word clouds in InDesign: Wordalizer by Marc Autret. Wordalizer has been around since 2010, and now it has been updated with new features and it works with InDesign CS4–CC 2014 on Mac and Windows.
When you run the script, a new InDesign document is created to contain the word cloud. The text is arranged and formatted according to settings that you choose, and all text is converted to outlines.
The Wordalizer dialog box offers a set of well-organized options to customize your word cloud’s appearance.
By changing the settings you can come up with an incredible variety of word cloud effects starting from the same word list. And after you’ve created a word cloud, you can tweak the settings and update it to change the look as many times as you like.
Here are some of the key features of Wordalizer 1.5:
• Support for English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian source text
• Create word clouds from the text in the active document, from an entire InDesign book, or from the clipboard
• Customize the word list by adding words and removing words, as well as sorting the list
• Apply up to four different fonts to words
• Choose from over 100 color themes, and then tweak colors any way you like by adjusting them in the Swatches panel after you create your word cloud
• Arrange words in eight different geometrical patterns
• Adjust case, tracking, scaling, spacing, and angles of words
The script is even smart enough to keep words separated by non-breaking spaces together
Warning: Playing with Wordalizer can be so much fun you might spend hours with your “head in the clouds,” tweaking settings and coming up with new looks.