Make text variables/live captions breakable like normal text
We work a lot with pictures that get there captions from xmp meta data stored in the pictures.
There is a great feature in InDesign called textvariables/live captions ;) for this… BUT these variables don‘t wrap like normal text :(
Instead we have to convert the live captions to static text to get the proper text warp and in doing so losing our live link to the XMP meta data.
So please enhance this feature to a real feature and allow variables to wrap like normal text. Thanks!
We have added this feature in our backlog for future release
Petr Lozan commented
Please ensure that text variables (including live captions) are not only breakable but also capable of being formatted with GREP styles and nested styles. For running headers that rely on paragraph styles, I propose introducing a new option which allows users to retain selected character-level formatting changes from the source paragraph. These changes could include alterations in typeface, style modifications (such as bold, italic, or small caps), and colour changes.
Often the format of the source paragraph differs from the desired format for the running header. To enhance practical usability, it would be beneficial to, for example, allow only the italic formatting from both italic and bold italic source text to be carried over to the variable. Conversely, bold formatting from bold or bold italic source text should be omitted (not retained) if the source text is bold but the running header is intended to be in regular. By enabling users to select which style changes should be transferred to the variable, it would be possible to maintain useful style changes while eliminating undesired ones.
An alternative approach to this challenge could involve allowing users to precisely define a character style mapping, similar way like character styles mapping during text import. This style mapping would then become an integral part of the running header variable definition, allowing it to be applied on the fly.
Moshe Handel commented
Adding another request to provide this feature, for all the reasons mentioned in the previous posts.
John Soby commented
This is getting OLD.
Enough with this "We have added this feature in our backlog" nonsense.
Let's get this fixed, guys! I have this issue with approx. every third Indesign project I work on.
Betto Góngora commented
Please add it, so this doesn´t happen
Also, we need the ability to cross reference to text variables, please.
Jack Brannen commented
What's the hold up? What are we paying for every month if not having issues like this addressed?
Julian Weaver commented
It's been over 6 years now. What position is this in the backlog now?
Photoshop can now use AI to draw us photorealistic images of anything we want, and just we're over here waiting literal decades for the ability to make some text wrap to the next line.
Spammer Spam commented
Mario Clerc commented
This feature would be highly appreciated!
Jon Reader commented
Text Variables are completely useless without this feature - literally pointless aside from running headers.
Nathan Wells commented
Yes please! Another feature years in the making...2017...wow!
Just adding my voice to this so we can maybe get this issue from 2017 out of backlog in 2023.
without this implemented text variables are just a broken feature!
Heike Herzog-Kuhnke commented
Ok when will this be in development (Backlog since 2017)?
This is really annoying how InDesign works with these variables and causes many workarounds to think about when you prefer to automate things.
Please start to change this - would love to see any change in one of the next versions.
Sami Gale commented
Can we also have it so that we can have the option for file name extensions? I'm sick of removing them post file change.
John Soby commented
This issue is still not addressed – and renders variables unusable in many different scenarios. Text in variables needs to behave as just that. Text.
From a programmer's view, this should be a relatively simple thing to fix – yet here we are. Still.
Jake Hammersmith commented
@Abhinav Agarwal - Is this very important behavior STILL on the list? Your message is now about five years old, so it seems to be very, very low priority. And yet text variables are a central feature of any text presentation app.
I'm worried that this whole area of improvement may never happen.
Jake Hammersmith commented
Good grief, yes! All variable text MUST be part of the flow that GREP sees. Variables surely would be expanded before passing the paragraph on to GREP. Surely ... !
Curtis Hight commented
I arrived at roadblocks in Text Variables over the past two days. First, I discovered that the full range of metadata contained in Lightroom is not available via Text Variables, and then, Second, I discovered that Text Variables does not play well with GREP. Yes, please, bring new life to Text Variables!