December 19, 2019 Scribe Tools for InDesign Update

By Scribe Inc.


Scribe Tools for InDesign has been updated to fix a critical footnote compatibility issue between Scribe Tools and the recently released InDesign 2020. In addition, this update contains a number of other minor bug fixes and feature improvements.

New Typesetting Style Convention

Scribe has added a new type of typesetting-only character style. The tsnomap style can be used when a character style does not need to be preserved in the XML, but the textual content does. Text with tsnomap applied will export to XML, but will no longer have a character style in the resulting file. This convention will make it easier to apply custom kerning/tracking or ligatures without having to deal with unneeded ccust1, ccust2, and ccust3 tags outside of InDesign. Additional “-alt” versions of the tsnomap style can be used to make it clear how the style is used in your typesets and to differentiate multiple tsnomap styles.

These styles will not be flagged by Report Unmappable Styles, as they are not expected to map.

Other Feature Improvements

  • Improved Add Endnote Page Ranges tool. The tool will now label pages with notes from a single page as “Notes to page #” instead of “Notes to pages #-#.”
  • Report Unmappable Styles will no longer report tstable and its “-alt” styles, as they are not expected to map.
  • Added Export XML (text only) to export XML without anchoring items. This is mostly useful when reviewing a project and should not typically be used as the default export.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed footnote compatibility issue with Scribe Tools and InDesign 2020. Files with section breaks and embedded footnotes that renumber per section were having footnotes and fnrefs renumbered and placed out of order during the Convert Footnotes extraction step. Convert Footnotes now programmatically undoes this setting on files, preventing the problem in InDesign 2020.
  • Fixed minor bug in Apply Breaking Rules.