Ventura Automation Example

One company’s project layout required that text be placed in linked text frames, two per page. Ventura does not automatically create a sufficient number of such frames to hold the entirety of a text file, and creating this layout manually required about 15 seconds per page, including approximately 11 clicks/keystrokes. Over the course of, say, 220 pages that adds up to more than 2400 clicks and nearly an hour of drudgery -- if one could keep it up continuously for that long. That’s a lot of unnecessary tedium and wrist/muscle agony in the long run!

The script that we developed for this company enables the user to choose the text file to be placed, select the frame tags to apply based on page side and position, and click a button to start processing. Then the user can sit back with enough time for a few sips of coffee while in under 4 minutes* the script places the whole text file. That’s a time savings of over 93%!
Click here for a screenshot of the script dialog.

Just one small example of how automation can enhance the Ventura experience . . .

If you’ve got a project that you think could benefit from an automated solution, please contact us with the details of your project.

Help writing your own scripts can be found here.

* Test system: Pentium 4 processor running at 2.4 GHz; 512 MB RAM; Windows XP Professional.