By Janet Dodrill
At the August general meeting at Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG), I reviewed four plug-ins by manufacturer Rorohiko, Ltd., each compatible with Mac or Windows, for InDesign versions CS, CS2, CS3, and CS4, and all downloadable and FREE.
Image Library Loader creates an image library within an InDesign document from images residing within the same folder as your file, or imported from a designated folder. The library stays open even after the document is closed, and automatically opens after InDesign is closed and relaunched. It works with all standard image file formats that I tested including .eps, .ai, .psd, .pdf, .jpg, and .tif. You can drag any image out of the floating library palette onto your document again and again.
Image Horn makes resizing images easy. Even though most of its functions are now built-in to InDesign, my favorite function is ‘Dynamic Fit Proportionately’ which allows the user to rescale an image in proportion by clicking on any one corner of the image and dragging. There is no need to hold down the shift key while dragging to keep the image in proportion.
Text Exporter seamlessly pulls all text from any InDesign document with multiple text boxes, and combines the text into one file, either .txt, .rtf, or a tagged InDesign file. The horizontal and vertical export settings can be experimented with for results to best replicate the flow of your original document, either letter or newspaper column styles. The exporter follows all linked text to a box, presiding over other separate text boxes that come after it on a page. There are many export settings for flexibility.
Place and Scale allows for images of different resolutions to all conform to a predetermined resolution in an InDesign document. I imported the same image at three resolutions (72 ppi, 150 ppi, and 300 ppi) and they all complied to the resolution I entered for page, which will apparently be retained during output.
These plug-ins were fun and useful. They were easily installed by dragging them into my InDesign Plug-Ins folder. It is a good idea to create a new folder to put them in and others, and name it ‘Third Party Plug-Ins’.
There are also many plug-ins available online. When you launch InDesign a dialog box comes up and there is section called ‘Community’, and then ‘InDesign Plug-Ins’ which will take you to an Adobe site with multiple manufacturers and links with plug-ins descriptions. Others can be found at indesignsecrets.com/free, or many other places online.
PatternMaker by Teacup software is another InDesign plug-in that I strongly like but wasn’t able to review.
A couple of these plug-ins are on Lynda.com’s Ten Free Must-Have InDesign Plug-Ins.