Create the directory - County list showing on all Pages of the book

Hi to all the InDesign scripting

I am trying to create a directory with InDesign CS6, that contains the name of the person, addresses, cities, etc.

I have a question which is to show the number of entry per city,

for example, there are 30 names under a city (in front of spreads and pages),

How to automatically display the number of registration County about InDesign?

And how InDesign find what kinds of use on this page?

(If I have two pages should show total registration under the same city is 30)

I found a script to add # sequential to paragraph styles, but I couldn't pick up the latest issue on the page by using the variable text - function headers running in InDesign, not the last issue under the same city.

Any help would be appreciated!

Best regards




Assuming that you need to do one city at the maximum per page and use you a single paragraph for your titles in the city style and assuming that use you a paragraph for your entries to name style then the following should do it.


// City Listings Count Script by Trevor (Coming soonish)
// Trevor {at} creative-scripts {dot} com

app.doScript("addListingsCount()", ScriptLanguage.JAVASCRIPT, undefined, UndoModes.ENTIRE_SCRIPT, "Add Listings Count");

function addListingsCount () {
    var  doc = app.activeDocument,
            cityParagraphStyle = doc.paragraphStyles.itemByName ("City Title"), // Change to correct paragraphStyles name
            nameParagraphStyle = doc.paragraphStyles.itemByName ("Entry Name"), // Change to correct paragraphStyles name
            countParagraphStyle = doc.paragraphStyles.itemByName ("Entries Count"), // Change to correct paragraphStyles name
            cityFinds = [],
            entryFinds = {};

    // Get GeometricBound for Title Text Frames
    var   pageMargins = [], pageGeos = [], textFrameGeos = [],
             vp = doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits,
             distanceFromTopMarginToTheTopOfTheEntriesCountTextFrame = UnitValue (".8cm").as(vp);  // Change distance as needed
             heigtOfTheEntriesCountTextFrame = UnitValue (".5cm").as(vp);  // Change height as needed
    pageMargins[0] = doc.pages[0].marginPreferences;
    pageGeos[0] = doc.pages[0].bounds;
    textFrameGeos[0] = pageGeos[0];
    textFrameGeos[0][0] += pageMargins[0].top - distanceFromTopMarginToTheTopOfTheEntriesCountTextFrame;
    textFrameGeos[0][1] += pageMargins[0].left;
    textFrameGeos[0][2] = textFrameGeos[0][0] + heigtOfTheEntriesCountTextFrame;
    textFrameGeos[0][3] -= pageMargins[0].right;

    pageMargins[1] = doc.pages[1].marginPreferences;
    pageGeos[1] = doc.pages[1].bounds;
    textFrameGeos[1] = pageGeos[1];
    textFrameGeos[1][0] += pageMargins[1].top - distanceFromTopMarginToTheTopOfTheEntriesCountTextFrame;
    textFrameGeos[1][1] += pageMargins[1].left;
    textFrameGeos[1][2] = textFrameGeos[1][0] + heigtOfTheEntriesCountTextFrame;
    textFrameGeos[1][3] -= pageMargins[1].right;

    app.changeTextPreferences = app.findTextPreferences = null;
    app.findTextPreferences.appliedParagraphStyle = cityParagraphStyle;
    cityFinds = doc.findText();
    app.findTextPreferences.appliedParagraphStyle = nameParagraphStyle;

    var l = cityFinds.length,
          c = 0, nameFinds, pageOffsets = [], pageOffset, fl, city;

    while (c < l) {
        pageOffset = cityFinds[c].parentTextFrames[0].parentPage.documentOffset;
        nameFinds = ([]).concat.apply ([],doc.pages [pageOffset].textFrames.everyItem().findText ());

        city = cityFinds[c].contents;
        fl = nameFinds.length;
        pageOffsets [c] = pageOffset;
        entryFinds [city] = (entryFinds [city]) ? entryFinds [city] + fl : fl;

    while (l--) doc.pages[pageOffsets[l]]
                          .textFrames.add ({
                               geometricBounds: textFrameGeos [pageOffsets[l] % 2],
                               contents: "Total Listings: " + entryFinds [cityFinds[l].contents],
                               name: "Listings Count"
    doc.pages.everyItem().textFrames.itemByName ("Listings Count").texts[0].appliedParagraphStyle = countParagraphStyle;

// Note if you ever want to remove these text frame you can do
// app.activeDocument.pages.everyItem().textFrames.itemByName ("Listings Count").remove()

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