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New Scripts Help to Speed Up Digital Publishing Suite Workflows

I have a love-hate relationship with multi state objects (MSOs). When all is said and done you can create some terrific effects for Digital Publishing Suite apps with them, but it’s getting to that done point that can carry quite a bit of drudgery with it.

My biggest complaints is the inability to add an object or group of objects to all states in an MSO. While this might not be a big deal with a three or four state MSO, I’ve had to create MSOs with upward of 30 states. That make for a quite a bit of repetitive work. Any time that’s the case, the answer to speeding things up usually comes in the form of a script.

While I can’t write a script to save my life, I’m happy to say our friend Keith Gilbert can. Keith’s written a set of six scripts aimed specifically at easing the burden of working with MSOs.

Among the capabilities:

  • Adding objects to all states
  • Navigating to next and previous states with a keyboard shortcut
  • Creating various types of  two-state MSOs

I’ve been testing them for a few weeks now and I can highly recommend them to anyone involved in a DPS workflow. They pay for themselves in saved time very quickly.

You can get a full description as well as purchasing information, on Keith’s website.

Bob Levine

Bob Levine

Bob Levine is a graphic designer and a consultant focused on providing InDesign training and guidance in developing efficient, collaborative workflows to those moving from QuarkXPress or PageMaker. An Adobe Certified Expert in both InDesign and InCopy, Bob has written articles for InDesign Magazine and is an Adobe User to User forums host. He has more than 15 years of industry experience and has been using InDesign since version 1.0. For more background, visit his website, or his blog,
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3 Comments on “New Scripts Help to Speed Up Digital Publishing Suite Workflows

  1. Thank you Bob, and thanks to Keith for these interesting scripts, I’ll test they ASAP. I’m exploring more deeper DPS in the last few months and there’s a lot of optimization that need to work efficiently… and the price of these scripts is very low.

  2. HI Kindly help below
    Do you have complete guides ?
    1)how to create indesign photype
    2) how to create scripts
    3) how to link with indata plugin

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