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A typesetting treasure trove

At first glance, it may not look like much—but Peter Kahrel’s extensive online repository of free scripts is an essential resource for anyone who works on long documents in InDesign.

Lines of JavaScript code overlaid on a photo of a laptop with a glowing gold light coming from the screen.
An online goldmine.

After hosting the script repository on his own website for many years, its future was in doubt late last year when Peter made the decision to relocate from the UK to Spain. His UK ISP refused to let him keep the site, or even set up redirection links.

Fortunately, David Blatner at CreativePro Network came to the rescue, and the repository now has a new home at CreativePro.com.

In this interview, Peter shares insights into the repository’s history, and some of the ways that InDesign typesetters can use his free scripts to make their lives easier.

Automation is great, but it won’t work for my books

Damian Gibbs
Solutions Consultant, Typefi

The most common feedback from publishers when chatting about automation is the belief that their publications are beyond what automation can do.

As a book designer and typesetter with over 20 years’ experience in producing almost every kind of book possible, I get it.

A cute vintage robot stacks wooden blocks with letters and numbers on them.
“How could any software replace what I had taken decades to accomplish?”

The hours dedicated to ensuring each line is hyphenated correctly; taking care of widows, orphans, grunts, and rivers; deciding where to place images (with the perfect crop); appropriately placing artwork in relation to its reference in the content; adjusting leading and layouts to ensure the content fits a publication correctly; and so it goes, page after page.

As a book designer, I was so much more than a machine, and it brought in the bread and butter⁠—and some jam every now and then.

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