Archive for July, 2010

Creating Custom Templates for CS5 Contact Sheet

If you’re looking to purchase the Contact Sheet Script for CS5, please click here.

It looks like there’s a little confusion out there on exactly how to create a custom template. I’ll do some work on the InDesign template assistant to make it a little easier with some extra functionality. Until I get there, though…

When you open the Assistant panel (in InDesign), the first step is to click the button at the top that designates the template as a custom template.

In CS2, 3, and 4, the Contact Sheet for InDesign script does support a generic template concept. Those templates simply allowed you to set some background stuff. All of the image layout still happened by rows and columns, and all pages looked identical. That functionality, while very useful, is limiting.

With the custom template, you now have full control of the layout of the first, left, and right pages. You can do anything. BUT – the script has to know the difference between a custom template and the old template concept. The way to do that is to write data into the custom template. Clicking that button writes that data. If you do not click the button, the script will think it’s an old style template. It will create the grid of frames just like the old days and ignore your custom frames.

Add comment July 12th, 2010

Contact Sheet for InDesign CS5 Script Now Available!

Yes, it’s posted on the products page. You can now purchase it.

Note to folks: The word “InDesign” is all over this site. I will no longer refund payments to people who purchase the script and tell me I mislead them into thinking InDesign was not a requirement.

Not wanting to be a jerk or anything, but I don’t need the hassle.


Add comment July 8th, 2010

Contact Sheet for CS5

Greetings fellow thrill-seekers!

Today I can finally announce a Contact Sheet for InDesign script for CS5!

There are a couple of new features you’re going to love (I hope). First is the addition of Bridge ratings to the caption feature. You can now show your Bridge ratings (0-4 stars and in color) in your Contact Sheet captions.

The second one is really cool. The biggest limitation of the CS2, 3, and 4 scripts was that the script always laid out all pages in the same grid of images. Always. Nothing you could do about it.

Now you can create a “custom” template, placing your own image rectangles and caption frames on master pages/spreads. You select one master spread to be the “first page” spread. You can select a second master spread to be applied to all pages after the first.

This allows you to put logos, splashes, whatever on your first page, as well as including a few images. Then, pages 2 through whatever will use a second page design, presumably one that’s more image dense.

Better yet, I’ve created an InDesign extension that helps you make custom templates, and that’s included in the script distribution.

Here’s a video of the new features and how to use them:

The script hasn’t been added to store yet, but they’ll be up there as soon as I remember how to do it!

Enjoy the CS5 version and the new features


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