ASUKABOOK InDesign® Tool™

The AsukaBook InDesign Tool (ABId) has been created to offer an alternative AsukaBook design option and a more efficient workflow to design layouts for an AsukaBook in Adobe® InDesign. It integrates seemlessly in InDesign and allows you to simply setup a book layout by creating blank templates for designing, convert templates to different book types, sizes and number of sides, and export a PDF for your AsukaBook order.

Please click HERE to go to download the Tool.

After downloading, please follow the steps below for assistance in installing and using the Tool. We will have more tips, tricks and tutorials soon. Until then, have fun exploring the options on your own!


  1. Download and unzip the ABId file. The folder should contain ABId.jsx and a Resource folder.
  2. Open Adobe InDesign.
(Windows 7 Users: Please login as the administrator before starting ABId as the security of Windows were increased with this version and administraive privileges may be necessary to use the Tool.)
  3. Go to Window > Utilities > Scripts.
  4. Click 'Scripts.'
  5. Right-click 'User' and select 'Reveal in Finder.'
  6. Copy the contents of ABId folder (ABId.jsx and a Resource folder) into the "Scripts Panel" folder.
  7. Close the Finder windows.
  8. In the InDesign Scripts Panel click on the triangle next to 'User' or double-click 'User.'
  9. Double-click ABId.jsx or Right-click ABID.jsx and select 'Run Script.'
  10. Review the application information and click 'Close.'
  11. You can now access the ABId options from the ABId menu to assist you in creating a file for AsukaBook!

Note: If you close ABId from main menu, ABId will be removed from the main menu. To reopen ABId, go to Window > Utilities > Scripts and double click on "ABId.jsx" in the "Scripts" panel.


  1. Click on 'New Blank Templates' from the ABId menu.
  2. Select the book details and click 'OK.'
  3. Create a folder to save the new templates in, select it, and click 'Open.' (A new folder is necessary for each book design.)  
  4. Enter a filename for the AsukaBook InDesign book file.  
  5. The templates will generate and save in the folder you selected. (You will see files with .indd and .indb extensions in the folder. Please make sure to keep all files together in one folder. It is essential that these files stay together and are the only ones included in the folder.)  
  6. The contents of the book file (.indb) will open in a panel including your "Pages," "Case," and "Cover" templates, if applicable.  
  7. Double-click on the templates in the panel to open the design templates.  
  8. Design freely.* (As with any project, it is recommended to save often.)  
  9. Once your design is complete. Save and close the template files.  
  10. If you would like to create a PDF for an AsukaBook order, please see EXPORT.  

*If you close the book panel and/or quit InDesign, you can reopen the book and templates at anytime by going to the book folder and opening the book file (.indb). If you open a document file directly, without opening the book file, relevance of the document file and book file will be broken.


  1. Open Adobe Bridge and Photoshop. (Version must be the same as InDesign version you are using.)
  2. Open a designed book file (.indb) InDesign and go to ABId > 'Export.'
  3. Click on 'Please select a folder to save JPEG files,' select a folder, and click 'Open.'
  4. Click on 'Please select File Checker,' browse for the File Checker application, and click 'Open.' (Please click HERE to download File Checker.)  
  5. Click 'OK.' (If you wish to create only JPEG files and not a PDF, please uncheck the box "Continue to FileChecker after exporting JPEG files.")  
  6. Please wait patiently while the JPEG files are generated.  
  7. When the process has finished, the File Checker window will appear (if that option was selected). Please ensure all details are correct, select desired options from active drop-down menus and enter information in blank fields such as Hot Stamp Text, if applicable, and Client Reference.  
  8. Click 'OK.'  
  9. When prompted, please enter a filename, select a location to save to, and click 'Save.'  
  10. When the process has finished, a dialog box will appear letting you know a PDF was created successfully. Click 'OK!'  


  1. Open the original book folder and check links of images and other objects, along with the relevance of book file and document file.
  2. Create a new set of book templates with ABId with desired new specs.
  3. Go to ABId > 'Convert Book.'
  4. Please read the instructions on how to convert a book and click 'Closed' when finished.  
  5. Click on 'Please select Original File (.indd),' select Pages.indd file in the original book file folder, and click 'Open.'  
  6. Click on 'Please select Target File (.indd),' select Pages.indd file in the target book file folder, and click 'Open.'  
  7. Click 'OK' and the template conversion will start.  
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 for Cover.indd and Case.indd files.  
  9. Click 'OK' and the template conversion will start.  

  - If you wish to increase the number of pages, extra blank spreads will be inserted before last single page.
  - Due to quality restrictions, our tool protects against sizing files up.
  - If the working color spaces are not consistent, the process will be discarded.
  - Converting between inside pages and outer pages (cover and case) is not available at this time. However, converting between Case and Cover is.
  - It is not possible to convert books of different orientations. Our tool doesn't allow you to convert a vertical layout to a horizontal layout. You will need to redesign the layouts if that is your objective.
  - For inside pages, the document width is used for calculating the resize rate. For outer pages (cover and case), the document height is used for calculating resize rate. The cover and case spine width may change depends on the number of sides. Please review your cover and case design after removing or adding pages.
  - Always be sure to double check your layouts for any image shifting during conversion. We recommend bringing your images to the edge of the canvas to ensure a full bleed, or keeping images inside of the guidelines by at least 1/4 inch if you prefer to keep some space between the images and the edge of the printed page.


Please use the "Convert Book" feature for increasing or decreasing the number of sides instead of usingInDesign's "Page Insert" or " Delete Spread" so that the width of the spine is changed correctly.

    Prepare the new book file set with the increased number of sides and follow the "Convert Book" steps. Additional pages will be added at the end of the book.
    Create a duplicate of the entire folder of the original book files. Open the Pages.indd and delete the spreads you would like to remove. Prepare the new book file set with the decreased number of sides and follow the "Convert Book" steps using the updated duplicate files.

Recovering the relevance of a document file and book file
If the relevance of the book file (.indb) and document files (.indd) is broken, an error icon will appear in the book panel next to the document file in the panel. If you see this icon, please follow the below step and recover the relevance.

  1. Click on the 'Synchronize styles and swatches with the Style Source' icon at the bottom of the book panel.
  2. Click 'OK.'
  3. Click on the "Save the book" icon in the book panel.

Get Book Info
Please use the "Convert Book" feature for increasing or decreasing the number of sides instead of usingInDesign's "Page Insert" or " Delete Spread" so that the width of the spine is changed correctly.

  1. Open the book file (.indb) and the book panel will appear in InDesign.
  2. Go to ABId > 'Tools.'
  3. Click 'Get Book Info.'

Note: If you see the message "You can export order PDF with this book file," it means the book file was created with old ABId. Please use the "Convert Book" feature to convert to the new book file format.

Some blank templates created with ABId automatically have instruction layers. You may hide them by following the steps below.

  1. Go to ABId > 'Tools.'
  2. Uncheck the check "Include Instructions" box under "New Blank Templates."

ABId on startup
As a default, ABId will start when you start InDesign. You are able to deactivate this setting.

  1. Go to ABId > 'Tools.'
  2. Uncheck the check "Launch ABId automatically when opening InDesign."

Restore Default Settings
As a default, ABId will start when you start InDesign. You are able to deactivate this setting.

  1. Go to ABId > 'Tools.'
  2. Click 'Restore Default.'
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