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PageBorder Script

InDesign layout artists/designers continue to receive requests for the provision of PDF or print proofs that contain a clear indication of where the page border is positioned. Ages ago I wrote a small script that would quickly add a page border to your InDesign document.

Last Updated: 17-Sep-2010

Marc Autret (Indiscripts), has taken the PageBorder script I wrote quite a few years ago to a brand new power level 🙂

InDesign Scripts and Layers panels, displaying the script and pageborder layer.

This script not only:

  • supports InDesign CS3, CS4 and CS5
  • in its support of CS5 documents it also supports documents containing different page sizes.
  • and provides end-user control over the border stroke-weight and alignment via a handy dialog box it displays.
  • plus the script provides a control for automatic removal of the border layer it adds.

Great job Marc!

And… if you’re still using my old script… take my advice throw it out and replace it with Marc’s new script! you will have no regrets!

For more information check-out the Indiscripts site.

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  1. Graham Appleton Graham Appleton
    July 19, 2013    

    Hi Cari,
    I suddenly remembered I asked you about this ages ago. Thanks so much for your reply – this has to be one of the most useful tools in Indesign, so thanks again for originally writing this script. Very clever. The development to what it is now is very welcome. Thanks for all your help.

    Kind regards,

    • October 25, 2013    

      Thanks Graham 🙂 Good to hear the script’s still used (and it’s updated version). 😉

  2. April 19, 2013    

    hi Graham.

    Option 1: Copy the script text from Marc’s page (link at bottom of this web page) and paste into TextEdit (Mac) or NotePad (Win) and save the file with a .jsx extensions. You can then go ahead and install the script.

    Option 2: he also has a ‘download’ option at the very bottom of his page. Right-click that and save to disk.

    To install the script:
    Right-click the folder name in the Scripts panel and select Reveal in Finder/Explorer.
    Double click the Script Panel folder to open it.
    Copy new script to this folder. Either copy them to their own folder so that the Scripts Panel displays them in a more organised manner or drop them straight into the Scripts Panel folder.



  3. Graham Appleton Graham Appleton
    April 19, 2013    

    Hi Cari,
    A few years ago you helped me install the original 1pt border script, which has been a godsend, and am hoping you can advise on the latest script from the Indescript site.
    I’m using CS5 now and when clicking on the link to download the script I just get a page of coding appear.
    A) What am I supposed to do with this?
    B) Has perhaps the link broken – do you happen to know?
    C) I know how to install script so I’m not needing help here, just that I need to get he script.

    Many thanks and kind regards,

  4. September 17, 2010    

    @Marc 🙂 pleasure – as always – 🙂 I’ll update the screenshot a little later today 🙂

  5. September 16, 2010    

    Thank you, Cari 🙂

    Your sreeenshot has drawn my attention to the fact that the PageBorderLayer should be always on top. This is fixed in the latest revision of the script.

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