Joseph, You're making this too complex, although there isn't a clean way to do it automatically AND circumvent the flagging of invisible-to-users changes, which are valid.
1. Create a new file that you'll use as a template file. In it, create your own variable, and just type in the date in whatever format you want to use. 2. Save the template file. 3. In the book file, select all files and Import Formats, selecting your new template as the source and only Variables as what to import. This will propagate your new variable into all the files in the book. Update the files as you open and work on them to use the new variable where ever you need it. 4. At the end of the day, update your template file with the current date. Select only the files that you updated from the book and repeat the Import Formats process. The new date will roll into the files you selected. You could automate this with a FrameScript pretty easily, I think. Art Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358 On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM, Joseph <panopticon23 at gmail.com> wrote: > Hi Bodvar, > > Thanks for the suggestion, however I am not sure that would work in my > situation. > > There are about 600 different frame files. Each frame file's date could be > different from all the other files. The reason for this is that these files > are modified at different times. As a result, the date variable in each > frame file must be independent of any other variable in the book. That means > I would need either 600 different variables, or I would need to update that > variable 600 different times. > > In addition, it would not be automated. With the modification date variable, > the value is automatically updated, whereas with a user variable it would > need to be manually updated each time. > > Sincerely, > Joe > > > > > On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 5:39 AM, Bodvar Bjorgvinsson <bodvar at > gmail.com>wrote: > >> You could use a variable. Keep a single page fm file with only one >> variable, e.g. IssueDate. Update this and import into the book. >> >> Bodvar >> >> 2009/2/5 Joseph <panopticon23 at gmail.com>: >> > Hi all, >> > >> > In one of the books I am working on, I need to insert a date into each >> frame >> > file when the text is modified. For example, if I add a paragraph to >> Frame >> > File 1.fm, then I need to insert 4/05/09. Since this book consists of >> > several hundred frame files, more then one person uses this book, and >> people >> > will forget to update the date manually, I would like to automate this >> > process. >> > >> > At first, I thought the Modification Date variable would address this >> > problem. It only updates the date when you make a change to the frame >> file >> > and save. However, I realized that when you perform a book update, the >> date >> > is changed regardless of whether any change occurred in that particular >> > frame file (eg creating a TOC or updating a text inset). >> > >> > Is there a way to set up a variable so it only updates the date when the >> > user makes an actual change to an individual frame file, while ignoring >> > book-level updates? >> > >> > -- >> > Sincerely, >> > >> > Joseph Lorenzini >> > _______________________________________________ >> > >> > >> > You are currently subscribed to Framers as bodvar at gmail.com. >> > >> > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. >> > >> > To unsubscribe send a blank email to >> > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com >> > or visit >> http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/bodvar%40gmail.com >> > >> > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit >> > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. >> > >> >> >> >> -- >> "It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so >> ingenious." >> -- Edsel Murphy, dec. >> > > > > -- > Sincerely, > > Joseph Lorenzini > Naperville, IL > 309-319-4487 > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as art.campbell at gmail.com. > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/art.campbell%40gmail.com > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. >