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InDesign Templates and Style updates

I start by making an InDesign template and incorporating all the object and paragraph styles I think I'll need. Then from my template I create my first document. However, as I proceed with actual content on that document I find I want to modify some styles, add new ones, etc.

There does not seem to be a way to have my template updated automatically with those style changes/additions. This would be a great help because my template is no longer usable as an "old version". So, I have to save my new document onto and replace that older template (without style changes), then delete all the content so it just has the new styles.

Can't we have a way to automatically update the template our document is based on?

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  • Matt Orendorff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've wondered about this myself.

    I'm exploring using a "managing" book file to contain all of the Style Source files from other various book files so I can at least keep styles consistent across multiple projects.

    Curious if I can just add my template file to this "managing" book. Then, depending on which project I am working on, I can change the Style Source in my managing book and update the template file and all projects at once.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    PS: I know I can open the indt and "load object styles" and "text styles", etc separately. What my comment is about is being able to set some preference to have it automatically keep updating the template file from the changes in a document based off the template. It could ask you when saving the document file: "Do you want to update template file with style changes (or whatever else, like layers, etc)?"

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