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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 114

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It’s always more quiet during the holidays, but there are still some excellent videos and articles you should know about. Here’s some just in time before the new year!

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David Blatner is the co-founder of the Creative Publishing Network, InDesign Magazine, and the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign. His InDesign videos at LinkedIn Learning ( are among the most watched InDesign training in the world. You can find more about David at
  • Daniel Solis says:

    Thanks for linking to my tutorial on designing game cards with DataMerge! I have a whole class on this subject available on SkillShare here:

    Hope you dig it!

  • Has anyone had success using the SortSwatches script mentioned in bullet point 4 above? I ask because I downloaded it, and it’s not a script. It’s an extension, and the description says “Combines multiple textframes while retaining formatting.” Perhaps there’s another link to a script that does really sort swatches? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

    • @shanwgirsberger: That link goes to ajarproductions; from there it sounds like you downloaded the wrong script. Go back to that page and search for the text that says “Download (CS4 and up, includes CC installer)”

    • Ah, the mxp uses Extension Manager to install the scripts. That is different than most scripts.

      If you would rather get to the scripts themselves, you can find the scripts inside the mxp by opening the file with a zip archive program like BetterZip or Springy on the Mac. Or, on Windows, I think you might be able to change the file name extension to .zip and open it that way.

  • I tried installing it through EM again and it worked fine this time. Not sure what the problem was the first time, or why the description is that combines multiple text frames while retaining formatting, but it is one way to organize swatches. If only we could have color groups. I usually don’t organize swatches numerically. : )

  • Thanks for your patience, David!

  • caldcomm says:

    Has anyone tried using the script with gradient swatches? It converted all of my color gradients to grayscale gradients. Tested it with ID CC on a PC but will try it on my Mac as well.

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