Because of properties within InDesign, this extension is actually the most powerful of the three. It accepts characters in the separator field for hard returns, soft returns, and tabs (as well as any combination of any other standard characters).
There are also options in the dialog box that control the size of the textframe once it’s been merged (see the variations in the graphic down the page).
Download and instructions below…
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The download package comes with installers for InDesign CC, as well as CS4 – CS6.
Simply double-click on the installer that matches your setup and follow the onscreen instructions.
There’s also an older version of the script for CS – CS3.
More details provided in the README.txt file.
Start by select the textframes you want to merge in InDesign (unless you want to merge entire pages).
Running from the Object or Context (right-click) menus
As of v2, you can now get easy access to Merge Textframes from the Object menu, or by right-clicking and choosing Merge Textframes…
And you can still run it from the Scripts panel.
Running from the Scripts panel
Open the Scripts panel, Windows > Utilities (or Automation pre-CS5) > Scripts.
Locate the MergeTextframes_ID.jsxbin script in the Scripts panel and double-click to run the script. If you installed the script using the CC installer or the MXP file, the script with be in the Ajar Productions subfolder.
Choose options from the dialog
If you’re running InDesign CS4 or newer you will be prompted with a dialog box. The dialog box will allow you to select the orientation of the sorting (top, left, bottom, right), use a custom separator character(s), and select options to fit the merged textframe once complete.
Frame fitting options
Version 2.0 adds the following highly-requested features
- Single-step undo
- Saves and restores previous settings
- Lets you merge text frames that are part of a linked story
Plus a CC-friendly installer. 🙂
Version 1.1.0 now has the ability to batch-merge textframes within every page of the current document. I had several requests for something like this (including from a recent donor). Here it is! The download links above have been updated.
The new version now has the “Apply to” and “Ignore locked layers” as shown in the image below.
Note that any warning messages about having too few textframes selected have been delayed until after the dialog box appears to reflect the new options.
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