Customized InDesign CS3 Contact Sheets

The other week a customer who builds their Sunday newspaper advertising insert with InDesign asked me if they could use use the Contact Sheet Script to make an InDesign contact sheet out of individual INDD files. I thought it was a great idea, and didn’t see why it shouldn’t be possible, considering that IDCS3 can now place INDD files.

I tried the script on it’s own, but it doesn’t recognize INDD files without a bit of tweaking. Here’s the solution:

  1. Locate the file called “WasScriptLibrary.jsx” on your hard drive and open it with the ExtendScript Toolkit application or your favorite script editor.
  2. Locate this string in line 755:

    WasLib.fileFilters.putValue( “Contact Sheet”,”PNG,JPG,JPEG,TIF,TIFF,GIF,AI,PSD,PDF,EPS,EPSF” );

  3. Change the string to:

    WasLib.fileFilters.putValue( “Contact Sheet”,”PNG,JPG,JPEG,TIF,TIFF,GIF,AI,PSD,PDF,EPS,EPSF,INDD” );

This allows INDD files to be included in InDesign contact sheets. Note that it places different file sizes at the same dimensions and always places the first page of the INDD file. Hope that helps!

4 Responses to Customized InDesign CS3 Contact Sheets

  1. jay fresno says:

    Adam,This could be a very useful script for me. I did a search but haven’t been able to locate the the file called “WasScriptLibrary.jsx” on my hard drive. Is this a script that comes with CS3 or is it something that you created?

  2. Sarah says:

    I am having the same result as Jay. Is there another name this file could be called? Or do I need to download the script from you before I can edit it?

  3. Greg Mouning says:

    Hi,I just found a post on the AdobeForum website explaining the “WasScriptLibrary.jsx” can be located in the Bridge CS3 Extensions folder under Workflow Automation and Resources.See the following weblink for my reference:http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.3bbaa316.3bc47505Regards,Greg

  4. Patrick McPartland says:

    Is the Bridge CS3 Extensions folder only available on the CS3 Creative Suite? I have an single copy (downloaded from Adobe) of InDesign and the Adobe Bridge that came with it. I have searched and searched for the WasScriptLibray and Bridge CS3 Extensions folder, finding nothing. Any idea what’s going on??