Rorohiko’s new “LB LikeFindsLike” plugin makes short work of a simple but tedious task
In the world of InDesign plugins, New Zealand’s Rorohiko occupies an interesting niche; they come up with brilliant little scripted plugins for InD that put the smack-down on tasks that you didn’t know you needed help with but don’t want to live without, such as a freebie plugin that generates Sudoku puzzles, one that allows you to snap frames right back to where you had them after moving them aside to do something (Lightning Brain StoryParker), one that allows you to make a thumbnail gallery of graphics in a palette/panel (Image Library Loader), and more. A great many of these little goodies are free, as well.
Rorohiko’s newest brainstorm is the Lightning Brain LikeFindsLike plugin. The idea is to save us a step on something we’re pretty sure just about every layout artist has to do every now and again; collecting a bunch of similar objects (picture or text frames, for example) for grouping or for putting on a separate layer, or what have you. LikeFindsLike only requires the layout artist to select on example of the frame they’re wanting to select out, and from a new contextual menu item, the plugin casts its net wide, instantly collecting every frame that it’s like.
That may be all it does, but the alternativeâ€“holding down the Command (on our Mac) key and click-click-clickingâ€“is kind of tedious and a potential source of irritating error. LikeFindsLike smooths out this admittedly minorâ€“but potentially infuriatingâ€“productivity speedbump
Obtaining, Installing, and Using
Getting the plugin is simpleâ€“just go to the Rorohiko home page, go to the plugins section, and download “Lightning Brain LikeFindsLike”.
All Rorohiko scripted plugins require the presence of what they call the “Active Page item Runtime” plugin to work. This too is free; it is included with some of the freebie downloads or can be obtained as a separate plugin download.
Installation is rather simple. If starting from zero, unpack the Active Page Item Runtime and drop it into the InDesign plugins folder, then unpack the LikeFindsLike plugin and do the same. Restart InDesign. The new plugins will be accessable from a new contextual “API” menu item, and the Menu Bar will also have a new “API” pulldown.
Usage is similarly simple. Select any frame (assuming its one you have more than one example of). Right- (or control-) click, mouse over “API” in the contextual menu, and select “Select All Similar…” from that API menu. Just like that, your frames are selected and you can do with them what you will.
And the price is right…it’s a freebie
To tune into the Rorohiko wavelength, go to http://www.rorohiko.com and prepare to be amazed.