My favourite plugin in the whole wide world is WordsFlow. If you have text-edit-happy clients, this will save you the pain and suffering of changing a comma to a period and back again… repeatedly. Instead, they get to do all that themselves and you get to focus on what you do best – designing! Its honestly the best thing ever. No more duplicated work – I love efficiency!
If you’re not a WordsFlow user and curious how it works, I’ve written up a post on my WordsFlow Workflow. But now, the purpose of this post – troubleshooting!
Now, I had been working away on a 104 page guide book when all of a sudden I noticed my Word document was no longer linked to my InDesign file and there was a red line over the WordsFlow icon on each text frame. I consulted the WordsFlow User Guide, shut down my Word and InDesign programs and re-opened them. I restarted my computer too, but still the program persisted. The Word and InDesign’s file locations and names have not changed, nor has the version of software being used.
Of course, things like this happen when I’m working late at night. I took it as a sign to go home, shooting off an email to WordFlow’s Em Software Customer Support before I clocked out. When I returned the following morning, there was an email from Customer Support waiting for me! Here is what they wrote:
- Make a backup copy of the InDesign doc, just in case. Update to the latest release of WordsFlow.
- Then, save the InDesign document as IDML, then open and save the IDML document as a new .indd document. This can clean up a lot of corruption.
- Then, un-link the link, using the command in the Links panel. Then:
- With the Type Tool in the story, Select All and cut the contents of the story. Paste it into a temporary frame on the pasteboard, or even into a new document for safe keeping.
- Use WordsFlow to Place the version of the Word document that was used for the previous update. This re-creates the link.
- Select All and paste the original story back, overwriting the just-placed document, to restore the InDesign document to the most recent state.
And guess what? It worked! I am a very happy customer.