For some, the reason why we cannot accomplish more with Excel is because of the tedious processes that are involved in importing, exporting, and formatting our sets of data… so how do we fix this? Using Applescript we can import, export, and format data across almost all of our applications. The fastest way to program in AppleScript that I have found is to create a seperate AppleScript or Text file to copy and paste all useful code. I call this my Library file.
John Hawkinson Jun 24, You have to structure your spreadsheet such that all the fields are in the same row perhaps you'll need to make a new sheet in the same workbook. But that should not be a problem.
Next, you can set up Data Merge against one file, and as long as the field names field names are the same, you can change the Data Source and you'll get the new data. In what way is that solution troublesome? Yes, you have to Save As in Excel and InDesign does not "autoupdate," but it does't look like the latter is functionality you need anyhow.
There is also an XML-based solution. Then you can use an XML translation tool e. Then you can import the XML and the data will be inserted into the fields.
Thirdly, there is the pure scripting solution. A script that places the Excel file in InDesign as a table because that's the only portable way to read data from an Excel file in InDesign; though under Windows you can use VBA to talk to Excel and read the data, and I suppose you could do something with Applescript as well but it would be less cleanthen reads selected cells out of the table and puts them in various text frames that are tagged with script labels indicating they get data from various cells.
This is more development work and could conceivably yield a smoother workflow, but it doesn't seem worth the bother over the Data Merge solution. I guess the fourth solution is a plugin. I'm not aware of a plugin that deals with this particular problem, but just like it is the degenerate case of a data merge, it's probably also the degenerate case of a catalog such that a cataloging plugin like EmData or Smart Catalog might help you out.
But it seems like waaaay overkill and this stuff does cost 3 figures and up.Developer Training and Tutorials. Learn how to code, create, and build web applications, from the foundations of object-oriented programming in C and C++, to how to write Java.
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by Josh To solve this problem I wrote an AppleScript that reads the hours that I log into iCal, creates an invoice in Microsoft Excel based on those hours, and emails the invoices to my clients.
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I'm looking to be able to prompt the user to select an Excel file and then process that Excel File. The new feature is that I w Stack Overflow. AppleScript how to write a file path to a text file.