Split two Linked Consecutive Text Frame in Indesign CS3-CS5

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Though today we have Adobe Indesign’s latest version CS6 which has too many added features than its older version… but even being so there are so many designers still using version like Adobe Indesign CS3. Me too… using the same version… oppsssss!

But let us not discussed who is using which version, and be straight on how we can break the two consecutive linked text frame in Indesign CS3, where there is no direct way.

Now the question arises; why we need to break two text frame when it is much easier to handle them when they are linked with each other. But why I need to do this; let me explain… I basically do layouting of text books with several chapters. And the soft copy most of the times I receive, is typed in MS-word.

Now as we all know; MS-word file can be directly placed in an Indesign file but doing so makes the all the text frame linked with each other. Thus, the result is all the chapters which may contains the several parts like exercises, special pages, body text etc. merged in a single frame. Even though I made each chapter start from a new page on a new text frame is not worth using because say if any case even a single line shifted from any of the middle page unknowingly can damage the complete layout of the book. This is where I need to break these text frame where a new chapter or special page starts.

Now as all you know in Indesign CS3 there is no direct way to overcome this issue… so what now?

Oh! There is no need to worry! Even though there is no direct way but have you ever used script in Indesign; if yes then there would not be any problem to you; if not; then even also you would not face any problem.

Below are the step by step procedure following which you will learn how can be the two consecutive linked text frame splits.

  1. First of all you have to open the script panel using Windows>Automation>Scripts.
    Script manager
    Indesign Script panel open
  2. Now form the script panel window opened click on user and then click on top right corner drop down arrow (notice this is very small bullet type icon) and from the drop down panel click on the “Reveal in Explorer” menu.
    Script Panel Reveal in explorer
    Script Panel Reveal in explorer
  3. Surprised to find that the explore window opened is empty. It should be as the script you need that should be there you need to download from the link here which is in zip format and extract to the Script Panel folder from explorer window. As soon as you copy this to the Script Panel window you will notice a new menu as Story Splitter vr. 3.
    Story Splitter for Indesign CS3
    Story Splitter for Indesign CS3
  4. Once the script installed; select any frame you want to split and double click on the script… it will display a menu asking you what action it will take. Split all frame or split frame before or after the selected text frame.
    Split text frame: select the desired action
    Split text frame: select the desired action
  5. This is all.
  6. Though if your choice is split all frames then do you know there is already an inbuilt script embed in Indesign CS3, you can locate it in the same Script Panel Menu into Application >Samples > Javascript > SplitStory.jsx.
  7. You can use the same technique in Indesign CS5 to find the same result.

Hope you have liked the tutorial today… be ready to find a new trick or technique in tomorrows article.

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