Adobe InDesign Add-Ons


LayoutZone Add-On for Adobe InDesign CS3 (Free)

LayoutZone allows multiple InDesign users to work on different sections of the same page simultaneously and with more control. LayoutZone lets you quickly select several InDesign page elements or frames and automatically convert them to a Placed InDesign file (.indd) for editing outside the master document. Once external editing is complete, a seamless round trip workflow automatically converts the linked InDesign file back into native objects. LayoutZone lets you easily export and edit selected elements without changing page geometry for a more flexible collaboration solution.

Download LayoutZones Add-On (48 KB ZIP Archive)


This script requires Adobe InDesign CS3. This version will only work in CS3.


1 - Drop the file into the Scripts folder inside your InDesign application folder. It should be at the top level of the Scripts folder, and not inside a folder that’s already there.

2 - Double-click the .zip file to decompress the archive. The archive will decompress into a LayoutZone folder. Inside the folder you should see three folders and the LayoutZone Javascript file.

3 - Delete the .zip archive Launch or restart InDesign to begin working with LayoutZone.



Objects To InDesign Document:

Select one or more page objects, then choose Edit > Layout Zone > Objects To InDesign Document command.

Linked InDesign Page To Objects:

LayoutZone enables you to convert a placed InDesign file back into native, editable objects in the parent document. To use this option, simply select a placed InDesignfile with the selection tool, and then choose the Edit > Layout Zone > Linked InDesign Page To Objects command.

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