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Body text styles for fast typesetting: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Body text styles for fast typesetting

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Widows and orphans, those short lines or words at the end or beginning of a paragraph, are a typesetter’s nightmare. While you can eliminate them with soft returns or tracking, you’ll save time and effort by using Adobe InDesign’s powerful typesetting engine instead. Using styles, you can adjust the word spacing, letter spacing, or even change the number of hyphens. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create paragraph styles to reformat your text, and save time during layout for more important design issues. Watch the free video below to get started.

3 tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Three tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign

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The lack of options for automatic page numbering is one of the most popular concerns expressed by InDesign users. But since Adobe hasn’t provided a way to use something other than the default page numbering scheme, Anne-Marie Concepción is here with a few workarounds. Watch the free video below to discover her solutions to the three most common auto-numbering problems. Find out how to automatically update the page count as you add or remove pages, add the current and previous page numbers to a single side of your spread, and use a spread count instead of a page count.

3 ways to navigate long documents: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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What’s the easiest way to navigate long documents? You can use the Pages panel, but in layouts with more than 20 or so spreads, you’re doing a lot of scrolling. The Go to Page command isn’t much of a shortcut, either. In this week’s free InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción offers not one but three unexpected alternatives.

The first? Use InDesign’s bookmarks. It’s not what the feature was designed for (creating links in a PDF export), but once you create them and open the Bookmarks panel, you have a creative way to zip around your document.

Packaging linked objects on the pasteboard: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Package linked objects on the pasteboard

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Powerful as it is, Adobe InDesign does have its flaws. For one, if you package a document that has linked content on its pasteboard, such as images or text, that linked content won’t get added to the final output folder. This means if you’re handing off content to a collaborator or a printer, they’re going to be missing important files. Luckily, there’s a fix. Find out how to solve this InDesign quirk in today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets. (Hint: It involves “slugs.”) Watch the free video below to learn more, and check back next week for more InDesign Secrets.

Updating a PDF document: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Update a PDF without Acrobat

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Many PDFs that begin their lives in Adobe InDesign are later sent to Acrobat, where they are given calculated fields, buttons, bookmarks, and other special features. If, at some point in the document’s life cycle, you need to update the text, an image, or another design element in InDesign—do you have to rebuild the document in Acrobat all over again? Not if you know this week’s InDesign secret! Anne-Marie Concepciòn introduces a little known Acrobat command called Replace, which allows you to refresh the design layer without messing with the interactive features. Learn how this trick works in this week’s free video.

Trigger two features with a single key command: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, September 5th, 2013

InDesign Secrets: Create a key command for two features

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Adobe InDesign has a very complete and customizable group of keyboard shortcuts, but did you know they can be used contextually? That means the same keyboard shortcut can be used to invoke two different commands, depending on where you are in InDesign. The assignment changes based on whether you’re editing text, selecting objects, or have your cursor inside a table or dialog box. This is a very cool and overlooked option, which is why it’s one of Anne Marie Concepción’s favorite InDesign secrets. Find out how to assign keyboard shortcuts, and assign shortcuts to different contexts, by clicking on the free video below.

Organize your workflow with MiniBridge: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Organize your InDesign workflow with the MiniBridge panel.

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The MiniBridge panel brings all the file management and review features of Adobe Bridge straight into InDesign. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to get the most from MiniBridge in this week’s InDesign Secrets, by adding favorite folders, placing images directly from the panel, finding linked images scattered across your hard drive, and more.

Convert footnotes to endnotes with one easy script: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, August 8th, 2013
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Adobe InDesign does footnotes well. Endnotes? Not so well—not at all, in fact. Anne-Marie Concepción has the solution for you in this week’s InDesign Secrets: a free script that converts footnotes to endnotes. It actually changes footnotes to styled cross-references at the end of your story, and reflows the text. The links to the cross-referenced destinations stay active when you export to the PDF and EPUB formats, too. (Be aware that these endnotes do not renumber when you add new entries, so it’s best to run the script after you have entered all of your footnotes.) Find out where to download the free script in this week’s free video.