InDesign Secrets

New CS6 Update Allows Opening of Newer CC Files

Adobe has gone back and added a new feature to CS6: The ability to open newer CC, CC 2013, and CC 2014 files without having to resort to exporting as IDML first. Now, I need to be clear here: This is not all versions of CS6… this only works with CS6 if you have a […]

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Using the EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel

One of the coolest developments for InDesign in 2014 was the news that interactive features like animations could now be included in EPUBs exported from InDesign. And when you’re building interactive content, it’s very important to preview it in order to check the appearance, timing, and other factors. Thus, a new panel was born in InDesign CC 2014.1, […]

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Tip of the Week: Turn Off Multiple Layers Simultaneously

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on January 22, 2015. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the […]

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Preparing for PePcon: Coming Up With Your Conference Strategy

Editor’s Note 2015 brings many opportunities to enrich your knowledge of InDesign and the print and digital publishing industry by attending professional conferences like PePcon, the Print + ePublishing Conference (which is produced by the same people behind InDesignSecrets). In 2015, the 6th annual PePcon will take place June 1-4 in Philadelphia, PA. You can find all the details on the […]

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How to Preserve the Appearance of Text When Updating Tables

It is always frustrating when a table formatted in InDesign needs to have its contents changed for whatever reason. Take for instance the following table that has largely been created with table and cell styles with the exception of the yellow rows. Unfortunately, the data in the table is incorrect and needs to be replaced […]

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Mystery of the Low First Baseline Contest Answer and Winners!

Last week I posted a challenge for folks to figure out why some text was sitting so low in a text frame, and I was blown away by the number and quality of the responses I got. Almost 200 folks responded, and out of those, 170 got the right answer: that there was a paragraph rule on the […]

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Tip of the Week: Resizing Tables

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on January 15, 2015. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the […]

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Unexpected Uses for Conditional Text

InDesign’s conditional text feature is great for creating multiple versions of text, such as different languages, or switching between US and European prices in a catalog. But even if you don’t create documents that are released as multiple versions, there are other ways that conditional text can be very useful during production. If you’ve ever […]

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Book Design Template

It’s time for templates again! This month, it’s a book design template for Premium members of InDesignSecrets. (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This template came to us from the fine folks at BookDesignTemplates.com. As you can see from the images below, it contains several common book page types, plus many useful paragraph and character styles. The download package includes one template […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Modifying Tables

If you often have to deal with tables, you know how it can be a challenge to fit them into some layouts. Sometimes there’s not enough space, sometimes there’s too much. Sometimes the available space is the wrong shape for the table. So in the latest InDesignSecrets video at lynda.com, Anne-Marie Concepción shows all the ways […]

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Contest! Unravel the Mystery of the Low First Baseline and Win

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to love a good mystery, especially when it involves InDesign. This particular puzzle came to me in a file sent by a friend, who was having trouble figuring out why the first line of text was sitting so low in a particular text frame. Are you ready to put on […]

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Tip of the Week: Viewing Link Thumbnails

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on January 8, 2015. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the way […]

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Updated Visual Guide to InDesign Preferences

A few years ago, I posted a visual guide to InDesign preferences, to help folks understand which preferences affect only the current document, and which ones affect all your documents. Now I’ve updated the guide to include all 19 tabs in the InDesign CC 2014 preferences dialog box. Enjoy! Visual Guide to InDesign CC 2014 […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Making a Character Style Change Only the Tint of Your Text

Most InDesign features are carefully positioned and presented in the user interface so that you know where they are and can find them quickly the next time you want to use them. In the industry jargon, they are “discoverable.” But there are some features that are almost totally hidden, so you’d probably never come across them. Hey, that’s […]

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Wordalizer 2015

We’ve written a few times here about Marc Autret’s cool Wordalizer script that allows you to build word clouds right in InDesign. And now Wordalizer has been updated for 2015 with several handy new features. Wordalizer now includes options for four new cloud shapes (bringing the total number of shapes to 12): 38 new color themes: […]

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Yet More Reasons to Create Tagged PDF

Even if you don’t care about making your PDF files accessible (though you should! it’s important), you should still turn on the Create Tagged PDF checkbox in the Export PDF dialog box. Frustratingly, this checkbox is not selected by default in most of the PDF Export Presets (such as PDF/X or Smallest Size). So you […]

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Tip of the Week: Using the Color Theme Tool

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on December 31, 2014. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the […]

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How to Uninstall or Reinstall InDesign CC

Adobe keeps fine-tuning the Creative Cloud app. One recent change that you may have overlooked is the addition of a small gear icon when you hover over a single app in the Apps section of the panel. When you click on the gear, a drop-down menu appears that provides the option to Uninstall the application. […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Fun With Placeholder Text

When you’re designing and testing a new layout, it can be very helpful to use InDesign’s placeholder text feature to fill empty text frames with content and approximate the look of a finished page. And it’s easy enough to do: just put your cursor in a text frame (or select it with the Selection tool), […]

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Creating Indented Cell Strokes

I was recently designing a few tables in InDesign and wanted to give certain cells the impression they were indented in the table. Giving text inside of cells an indent is very easy to do because you can even choose between paragraph level settings or the actual cell indent options. But that wasn’t enough, I […]

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