AutoPlace is custom-built software for importing artwork into InDesign. AutoPlace is a nifty little timesaver that places multiple images precisely into a text flow—great for projects such as:
Hundreds of images can be automatically placed into a text flow in under a minute. Settings can be applied to control placement and line spacing. Any image that can be imported into InDesign can be automated and controlled.
In partnership with publishers and editors, we recommend a discussion before the project commences to agree on the most appropriate file naming conventions for artwork. Artwork does need to be numbered sequentially according to an artwork list.
For artwork to be automatically placed into InDesign, the corresponding file name needs to be inserted into the Microsoft Word document in the appropriate position within the text.
Importing artwork is a three-step process:
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There are many benefits in using AutoPlace for importing images into InDesign including:
Settings can be customised and designed to adapt to the unique qualities of each project.
In this video I’ll be showing an example using AutoPlace for mathematics.
Here we have an example chapter with file names highlighted in magenta. There are 93 images to be placed into this document. Usually in a project like this, each image would be placed manually, which is repetitive and time consuming.
To automate image placement, we paste the file prefix into the AutoPlace dialogue box, select the image type, the object style, click OK, and then browse to the folder that contain our illustrations.
AutoPlace searches though our InDesign document replacing files names with the correct illustration.
As you can see, images are being placed and positioned precisely. Line spacing is being automatically being adjusted to accommodate image height.
AutoPlace is taking the effort out of placing images manually and is a great time-saver.
The team at Nikki M Group developed AutoPlace to automatically import technical illustrations, photos and equations into InDesign. When working on a maths series with as many as 20 student books you can imagine the timesavings. The example shown here is small in comparison to a 400-page maths book that can contain over a thousand illustrations.
As we look back though the document we can see that AutoPlace has imported all the illustrations. 93 images have been placed in about 70 seconds. In our tests, this was about 55 times faster than placing images manually, saving over an hour.
AutoPlace saves time, effort and reduces human error. In a publishing workflow, AutoPlace is an efficient way to reduce production costs.
Do you have a project with repetitive tasks that you would love to automate?
Developing an InDesign script is ideal for volume projects such as catalogues, technical manuals, mathematics and scientific textbooks.
If you have hundreds of images, illustrations, equations or diagrams that need placing into InDesign, custom scripts will save you time and reduce error.
Create an InDesign script that works for you.