If you regularly have to insert accented characters or other glyphs that have no handy keyboard equivalent, here’s some news of a free script that may help make the job easier. It’s called InstantUnicode, written by Marc Auret, and available at Indiscripts.com. After you run the script, each time you enter a codepoint it will be swapped out for the actual glyph.
For example, say you often had to insert a character like the letter s with cedilla. You could use the Glyphs panel to locate the character and see its codepoint (015F).
Then, any time you needed that character, just type “u015F” and the script will make the replacement.
Or, as someone who used to make a lot of math textbooks, one of my pet peeves is seeing a lowercase x where a multiplication sign should be.
But now anytime I come across this problem, I can just select the x, and type in “u00d7″…and boom!
To make things even easier, you can put the script in InDesign’s Startup Scripts folder, so it’s automatically running each time you launch the application.
You can learn more by checking out this video.
Merci, Marc, for another great script!