Story Cloner Script Synchronizes Text in a Snap
If you’ve ever had several instances of the same text within a document and had to update them all, you’ve probably wished for a simple solution for doing it once and having the others update automatically.
In the past, I’ve recommended exporting an InCopy story and doing it that way but In-Tools has just released a script that will do this very easily. It can be downloaded from here.
While the script is free it does depend on Rorohiko’s APID tool assistant to work. The APID plugin is available with all paid In-Tools plugins or with all Rorohiko products. A single license can also be purchased for $25.00.
Using the script (It’s actually two scripts. One to add the synchronization to the text frame and one to remove it.) as with just about all scripts is easy. Select the text frame and double click the script. Now, just duplicate the frame and place it anywhere in your document. When you update one of them, the other will automatically change. This script works very well with smaller text frames such as captions or short passages of text but there is a slight lag while the frames synch. I suspect with very large stories or many duplicate frames it may be just a bit unwieldy.
You can read more about it here.