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Tip of the Week: Right-click to Reveal

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 26, 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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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 134

Another day, another InDesign article… how time flies and there is so much to read, watch, and listen to about InDesign! Check out these fun links. Have you looked at the new Publish Online feature yet? You should! Here’s Saurabh Mahajan’s keynote address at PePcon, where he demoed it. And here’s Terry White showing the same document, […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Using Spans in Styles to Speed Up Layouts

Do you have to often have to lay out articles in a magazine, newsletter, or journal where the title, subtitle, and other text span across multiple columns of body text? In the olden days (prior to CS5), you'd have to put those pieces of text in their own text frames, separate from the rest of […]

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Mystery of the Changing Font: Contest Answer and Winner!

It's time to reveal the solution—and the winner—for this month's InDesignSecrets contest! This time, the mystery involved a font change that was happening automatically as someone typed in a text frame. The change was not due to a nested style, GREP style, etc. In fact, it was happening because of a preference: Missing Glyph Protection. You can find Missing […]

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What Do the Default Sample Scripts Do in InDesign?

You probably know that InDesign ships with a bunch of cool scripts that automate a number of “features” you may want to use. You can find them by opening the Scripts panel (Window > Utilities > Scripts) and then opening the panel’s Application folder, then the Samples folder, and then the Javascript folder: These scripts […]

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Tip of the Week: Dynamic Spelling

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 18, 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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Free InDesign Template of the Month: Reflowable EPUB

Another month, another free template for our Premium members!  (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This month it's a template for making reflowable EPUBs, developed by our own Anne-Marie Concepcion, co-founder of InDesignSecrets.com and author of numerous InDesign-to-EPUB video tutorials on lynda.com. Anne-Marie created this in response to numerous requests from readers for a basic EPUB-ready InDesign template in which […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Understanding PDF Standards

A lot of you kids out there probably take it for granted that you can simply export a PDF to send to your print service provider, right from InDesign. You'll never know the "fun" of having to output a PostScript file from your layout application and then use Acrobat Distiller to make your PDFs (hey, […]

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New Contest! The Mystery of the Changing Font

Hey folks, it's time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize! Ready? Here’s the scenario: You’re working at a colleague's computer, creating a tourist guidebook to the fair city of Oslo, Norway. You’re given some handwritten copy to type into a text frame on top of an […]

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Tip of the Week: Excluding Items From a Package

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 11, 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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Where Did DPS Go in CC 2015?

With every new version of InDesign, features large and small are added. But occasionally features are removed as well. Anyone seen the Position Tool or the Navigator panel recently? I didn't think so. Another case in point: InDesign CC 2015 does not (yet?) support DPS—that's the old DPS, aka the Digital Publishing Suite. Don't believe […]

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Read This Before Installing InDesign CC 2015!

Adobe released the new versions of InDesign CC and 14 other Creative Cloud applications at 9 pm Pacific Time on June 15. The new update is called InDesign CC 2015. You can read about the features in InDesign CC 2015 in InDesign CC 2015. However, Adobe also made some changes in the installation process and […]

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InDesign CC 2015 Now Available: Shading, Graphic Cells, and More!

Today Adobe is releasing InDesign CC 2015, with several very cool new features -- including one amazing feature/service listed as a "technology preview." Keith Gilbert is going to go in-depth into all the features, how they work, and why you want to use them in the July issue of InDesign Magazine, but for now, we just want […]

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Changing Numbers to Words with a Script

A while back, David wrote a post on a cool script from Jongware that allows you to have page numbers written out as words instead of numbers. It got me to thinking about how you might also convert numbers in regular text to words, and it turns out that there's a script for that too—and every […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Printing Tracked Changes

In many publishing editorial workflows, there is a need to capture a record of text changes at each stage of production. And unfortunately, while InDesign allows you to track changes, it doesn't allow you to print them or export them to PDF. But there is a workaround you can use with InCopy. And you can learn […]

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Free Script Identifies Word Stacks

At the 2015 Print and Electronic Publishing Conference (PePcon) last week, the InDesign developer and scripting community that was attending the concurrent Creative Developers Summit offered to write a "people's choice" script based on ideas from attendees before and during the conference. I submitted the idea for a script to identify multiple lines that end in the same word, since […]

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Apply Character Style [None] with a Keyboard Shortcut

Many users of InDesign like to assign a custom keyboard shortcut for their oft-applied paragraph and character styles. Why? Because it's easier to hit a shortcut key combo than to scroll through a tiny panel with dozens of styles looking for the one you want to double-click. (And not everyone is a fan of Quick Apply.) But there's one […]

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Tip of the Week: Finding Overset Text With Preflight

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 4, 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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Avoiding Problems With Typekit Fonts

The ability to sync Typekit fonts is one of the coolest benefits of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Currently, you're able to choose from over 1000 fonts (in over 350 families) to use in print, PDF, EPUB, and DPS projects. By default, you can sync up to 100 fonts at a time, and you don't need to be online […]

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Making Custom Borders With Type on a Path

InDesign has a pretty limited set of Stroke Options (Figure 1) compared to her sister, Adobe Illustrator, and of course you can make custom strokes (Figure 2), which is pretty limited, dull and boring! There are extremely fun hidden InDesign Secret Strokes, which can be found here and look like these: But what if you […]

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