InDesign Auto Populate

Requirement:

Be able to select an xml file containing text and links and have this information be copied into an new InDesign document, including downloading and placing the images. Enabling the designer of the adverts to be able to start designing rather than have to get the resources first.

Applications required:

Adobe InDesign (CS6 and later)

Solution:

A script was created which displayed a dialog allowing the user to select an xml file. The information in this xml file was processed in a number of ways depending on what type of information it was.

Text was extracted from the xml file and placed in a new text frame on the document

Images where downloaded and stored in a local area on the designers machine before being placed in the document