InDesign Secrets

An Unexpected Use for the Hyperlinks Panel

The other day I was working on some chapters for a book I was typesetting, when I discovered a helpful trick in the Hyperlinks Panel. The chapter was 27 pages of all text that had been pre-styled (properly, with Paragraph and Character styles), except that I noticed a lot of missing spaces between sentences—one sentence would be followed […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Putting a Box Around or Behind a Paragraph

There aren't very many features in Microsoft Word that would make InDesign users jealous, but the ability to quickly and easily put a box around a paragraph is one. But in his latest video from the InDesignSecrets series at lynda.com, David Blatner shows you two simple methods to box a paragraph, so you needn't be quite so […]

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The Mystery of the Upside Down Master Page Contest Answer and Winners!

It's time to reveal the solution (and prize winners) for this month's InDesignSecrets contest! This time, the mystery involved an upside-down master page. In the screenshot below, we're looking at a master spread that has been applied to one document spread. But you'd have to stand on your head for it to look like the document spread. Something […]

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Free InDesign Template of the Month: 6 x 9 Book (Premium Members’ Benefit)

It's time for templates again! This month we have another nifty book template (6 × 9 trim size) from BookDesignTemplates.com. This one's called Flourish, and it, you'll find all the page types and styles you'll need to get a book project off the ground. The download package includes one template in InDesign CC 2014 and IDML […]

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Tip of the Week: No Sweat Notes

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 16, 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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Controlling Line Breaks with Nested Styles

A customer came to me recently with an interesting InDesign problem. I only had a few minutes to help them. I thought I’d share my “hack" solution to their problem here in hopes that someone else can make use of it or learn something from it. Or, perhaps, someone can suggest a simpler, more elegant solution? […]

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Getting the Color Theme Tool Out of Your Way

I am a fan of the Color Theme tool that first appeared last October in InDesign CC 2014.1. I love the ability to just click on a photo (or drag over any number of objects on a page) to sample a set of colors from it, and then add those colors to my Swatches panel […]

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New Contest! Solve the Mystery of the Upside-Down Master Page

Hey folks, it's contest time again! Last month, many of you unraveled the Mystery of the Unwelcome Text Wrap. This month, you'll have to put on your thinking cap (or maybe just stand on your head) to explain what's going on in this screenshot. You can click on it for a closer view. Notice in the […]

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Keeping Long Text Fields on One Line When Using Data Merge

Using InDesign's Data Merge features can be tricky at times. Fortunately, there are plenty of good data merge tips here at InDesignSecrets and at Adobe.com. Recently, I came across a trick that I thought was worth sharing. My particular problem was that the text frame wasn’t big enough for a long field in my data merge. […]

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Tip of the Week: Changing Case

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 9, 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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InDesign and HTML5

This article was taken from the handout to David Blatner's InDesign 2014 Conference session, "InDesign and HTML5."  This year's InDesign Conference is taking place in Denver from November 16–18th. Visit InDesignConference.com for more details. *** It’s All About Standards Publishing is all about successful communication, and communication is based on standards; the standard is the framework […]

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Meet the 2015 InDesign Team

InDesignSecrets members will have seen this month’s interview with product manager Saurabh Mahajan in InDesign Magazine. But of course, as they say, “it takes a village.” And so I'd like to introduce you to the InDesign team in Noida, India: First Row: Sagar Khanna, Kaustubh Bansal, Ankur Gupta, Sandeep Grover (seated), Sudhir Kumar, Pushp Parag Agarwal, Deepak […]

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InDesign Magazine Covers Your Version, Too

I've been the Editor in Chief of InDesign Magazine for 26 issues (that's 182 issues in dog years) and just as my predecessors did, I make it a point that we create an inclusive publication, one that offers value to all InDesign users, regardless of which version they use. I know that there are many users happily trundling along […]

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Work Faster with Long Documents

InDesign has a number of great features to help make book and other long document production simpler. Besides syncing styles and master pages across documents, InDesign can automatically add blank pages to the end of a chapter when your last page lands on a recto. It can also update page, chapter and section numbers on […]

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Tip of the Week: Resizing Frames with a Click

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 2, 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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Making Page Numbers as Words Instead of Numbers

Recently, I came upon a script that is so awesome that I have to share it with you. The question came up: Is it possible set up automated page numbering where the numbers are actually formatted as words instead of numbers? e.g. 'Four' instead of '4' Most of us would simply reply, "No." But Theunis […]

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Adonit Announces New Pricing on Adobe Ink and Slide

Now that Adobe has released Adobe Comp CC for iPad, InDesign users have a whole new way to rough out a layout while riding on a subway ("Underground" if you live in London), bus, or airplane. While Comp and the other Adobe mobile apps work quite well using Fat Finger Input, they work even better with a pen. […]

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Adobe Comp is the New First Step in Design

Sometimes even a laptop is too big. If you’re sitting down over coffee or tea with a client; or you commute to work on a train or bus; or you’re sitting in your most comfortable chair at home… a tablet like an iPad is going to be far more comfortable to use than a laptop. […]

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Press Release: Free XMPie Webinar

Free XMPie Webinar: Introducing umerge, a personalization add-on for adobe indesign Understanding the Power of uMerge for Designers   The uMerge Add-on to Adobe InDesign helps designers to create document templates for generating personalized or customized printed pieces such as those used in catalogs, postcards and invitations.   Join Deb Haines, Senior Trainer/Solution Specialist at […]

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News Release: Adobe InDesign Goes All-in with iOS, Drops Support for Mac and Windows

SAN JOSE, CA -- 12:01 AM 1 APR 2015 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Adobe Systems, Inc. today announces it will no longer support the Mac OS and Windows operating systems, and instead devote its resources entirely to Apple iOS products, including a revolutionary new product: InDesign for iWatch ("IDi"). “We’re terrifically excited about this momentous […]

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