AsukaBook InDesign® Tool  has been created to offer an additional alternative AsukaBook design option and a more efficient workflow to design layouts for an AsukaBook in Adobe® InDesign. It integrates seamlessly in InDesign and allows you to simply set up a book layout, create and use custom templates, automatically layout a proof book, resize a design instantly and finally generate a PDF for an AsukaBook order. 

Please read the following information before downloading the Tool.


  1. Order File Workflow

    AsukaBook is unable to process orders with PDF files that were generated directly from InDesign since they do not include order information that is required by the AsukaBook production facility. ABID has, however, automated the process to convert PDF files created in InDesign into the appropriated JPEG files accepted by File Checker.

    Please note the design layout may be completed in InDesign, but design files will be rasterized*. ABID uses AsukaBook's standard resolution of 271 dpi for rasterizing JPEG files. If small fonts are used in the layout, they may not be clear when printed. Always double check the final PDF file at a minimum of 100% before placing your order.

    * If InDesign CS4 is used to create an AsukaBook file with ABID, the rasterization process is skipped and Photoshop® CS4 is not necessary to complete the file process.

  2. Lines and Fonts

    Considering AsukaBook creates photobook products, the file format is limited to image files. In general printing processes, lines and fonts are processed by PostScript formatted files. To offer an easy solution for customers, avoid PostScript issues relatd to lines and fonts and to ensure optimal quality of printing, we have created a workflow that includes rasterzing the files.

    Please note, thin lines and small fonts may be affected in the rasterization. Please design accordingly.

  3. Colour Management

    The colour space for InDesign Blank Templates created with ABID is Adobe RGB. Since InDesign files will be rasterized to JPEG (RGB) files, AsukaBook recommends that any objects / files formats used in InDesign be in RGB mode. If you choose to use CMYK images, files should be embedded with 'Japan Color 2001 Coated'.

  4. Grayscale Images

    To ensure expected results, please open all grayscale images in Photoshop® and convert them to Adobe RGB. Undesired results may occur if another profile is embedded.

  5. Adobe Software Compatibility

    To create a layout from start to final PDF, the following Adobe* software is required:

    InDesign® CS5 - Bridge® CS5

    Please note: The software versions must be the same for each application.

    * AsukaBook File Checker application is also necessary for the Tool to create a PDF for an order. Please download it HERE.

Download ASUKABOOK InDesign® Tool

Click HERE to download the ASUKABOOK InDesign® Tool for Adobe CS5 or Higher (ZIP file).

 Last update: 20th December 2018 - Version

After downloading, please follow the steps below for assistance in installing and using the Tool.


Install ASUKABOOK InDesign® Tool

  1. Open Adobe® InDesign.

  2. Go to Window > Utilities (CS5) > Scripts.

  3. Click 'Scripts'.

  4. Right-click 'User' and select 'Reveal in Finder'.

  5. Open the folder named 'ABID' found in the ABID download.

  6. Copy the contents of that 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 all of the terms. Click 'Agree' if you would like to continue to use the application.

  11. You can now use the floating ABID Options window to assist you in creating a file for AsukaBook!

New Blank Templates

  1. Click 'New Blank Templates' in the ABID Options window.

  2. In the Book Selecion wigndow, select the Type of Book, Book Size, Page Finish and Number of Sides.

  3. Click 'OK'.

  4. Choose a folder to save the InDesign templates in and click 'Choose'.
    (We recommend creating a new folder for each book design.)

  5. The templates will generate. Click 'OK' in the dialog box that tells you they have done so successfully.

  6. Two or three (depending on book type) InDesign AsukaBook templates files have been created. Design freely within these files. (Be sure to save often when designing.)

  7. If a barcode warning layer is displayed on a template (depending on book type), it is important to remove this layer so it is not printed on your book.

  8. Once your design is complete, save and close the template files.

  9. If you would like to create a PDF for an AsukaBook order, please see File Checker below.

File Checker

  1. To create a PDF for an AsukaBook once you have created and saved designed templates, click 'File Checker'.

  2. In the ABID File window, click 'Browse' to select a book file.

  3. Select a book file and then click 'Open'.

  4. A dialog warning box will appear letting you know that the process could take a few minutes, click 'OK' if you would like to proceed.

  5. Open the same version of Photoshop® and Bridge® (CS4 only) as the InDesign version you have used to create the book design files.

  6. Please wait patiently while the JPEG files are generated.

  7. When the process has finished, the File Checker window will appear. Please ensure all details are correct, select desired options from active drop-down menus and enter information in blank fields such as Hot Stamping 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!'.

Layout Templates

You can use one of the few pre-set layout templates or create and save your own custom layout templates.

Proof Book

  1. To create an automated proof book in a few quick and simple steps, first click on 'Proof Book'.

  2. Click 'Browse', click on a folder of images you would like to use and click 'Choose'.

  3. Select the number of images per side from the drop-down menu.

  4. The Proof Book Options will update based on number of images selected. If you have not officially decided how many images you would like displayed, what type of book and the size of the book, you may want to look at the available options to help with your decision.

  5. In the book selection area, choose the type of book, size, page finish and number of sides from the corresponding drop-down menus.

  6. If more than one proof book display options are available, they will be displayed. You can click on any one displayed to view a preview. If there are more than one option, please click on the one that you would like.

  7. If you would like to add any of the available Layout Options to display the filename of each image, apply a keyline to each image or to have each page have a black background, click the box next to the desired option(s).

  8. Review the Distribution information.

  9. Once you are satisfied, click 'OK'.

  10. Select a folder to save your design templates in (or create a new one and select it) and click 'Choose'.

  11. When the process has finished, a dialog box will appear letting you know a Proof Book layout was created successfully. Click 'OK!'.

Resize Book Design

  1. If you would like to create a new layout of the same design, but with different book properties, click 'Resize Book Design'.

  2. Select the book file you would like to replicate the design of by clicking 'Browse', selecting the book file and then click 'Choose'.

  3. Review the current book file details.

  4. Select the desired book type, size, page finish and number of sides for your new book layout. You will notice that some of your options may be limited due to the inability of the application to properly convert some designs to others (i.e. Converting from a smaller book to a larger book, converting from square to a vertical format etc...)

  5. Click 'OK'.

  6. Select a folder to save your design templates in (or create a new one and select it) and click 'Choose'.

  7. When the process has finished, a dialog box will appear letting you know a resized layout has completed successfully. Click 'OK!'.