My youngest son informed me today that we are 10 days from Pi day (in the US). 3.14.2014…get it? Anyway, I know that Pi holds a special place in David’s heart, so here is a list of 6 ways to type the Pi symbol in InDesign. Granted, methods 2-6 are much harder than number 1, […]
Hyperlinks have never been as important in InDesign publishing as they are right now. With a larger proportion of our content being exported to interactive PDF, EPUB, Digital Publishing Suite apps, and SWF, we expect that we can click a link in a digital publication to take us to another page, to a website, or […]
When Sandee Cohen finally found a use for the Gap tool, she suddenly had a problem getting it to work correctly. Here's how she solved the problem.
We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 59 (March, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is “getting a grip on GREP” and whether you’re a GREP beginner or maven, you’re going to want to check this out: Peter Kahrel explains GREP from the ground up, with important lessons and essential tips David Blatner […]
Ben wrote: Do you know why in InDesign, the “Use Typographer’s Quotes” preference just toggles off every now and again? Yeah, this can be an annoying one. For those who don’t know, this is a preference that lives inside the Type pane of the Preferences dialog box. When it is on, you get proper typographer’s […]
What if you use the index feature but need the result in page number order instead of alphabetical order? The easiest way to make this kind of list is probably to use the Table of Contents feature instead of the index feature. (Inside the Table of Contents dialog box, there is a checkbox labeled Sort […]
Haeme Ulrich, Swiss InDesign and DPS expert and trainer, runs a great blog (if you speak German). He came up with a cool chart of ideas to speed up InDesign. After all, who doesn’t want to make InDesign faster and more efficient?! He translated it into English for us here: You can download it by […]
A common interactive feature in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) apps is “pullout tabs”. These are created using InDesign’s Edit > Paste Into command and the DPS Scrollable Frame Overlay feature. Full instructions for creating the tabs can be found here. These pullout tabs can be used for a number of interesting and useful interactive […]
Hey, it’s time once more for me to pass along a list of resources I’ve noticed recently that I think you should see. You need to move artwork from InDesign to Illustrator, or Photoshop to InDesign, or… you need to read this article by Sandee! It’s fun to see how people design things. Here’s a […]
I’m pleased to announce that my new title, InDesign Insider Training: Data Merge and Database Publishing is now live at lynda.com. I cover the basics of Data Merge, then explore more and more advanced topics. Finally, I look at third-party scripts and plug-ins that let you do far more than Data Merge can on its […]
Sorry for the late notice, but all this came together just recently: We (Anne-Marie and David, your friendly hosts of InDesignSecrets) will be presenting a free webinar, “Secrets of the InDesign Masters” on Wednesday, February 12th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. (West coasters: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Sign-up for the […]
In a comment on another post, BT wrote: I am revising someone’s layout. Hundreds of paragraphs were started with a tab. I want to remove the tab and apply a style that indents the first line. This is an excellent question, because while it’s easy to search for tabs and delete them, and it’s easy […]
There’s just no way around it: Sometimes you have to edit a table of contents that you’ve generated (using Layout > Table of Contents)… and sometimes you have to edit it a lot. For example, perhaps you want some special order to the paragraphs that is different than the way it appears in the document […]
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite automatically generates a Table of Contents entry for each article you create. However, to generate the thumbnail image for the TOC entry, it simply shrinks a square region of the upper-left corner of the first screen of the article, not necessary an attractive option. You can override this by creating a 70 […]
Has the Cross-References panel left the building in CC 9.2?
Welcome to a brand new InDesignSecrets, a.k.a. phase 3! Since we launched “phase 1,” 8 years ago, we have published over 1,700 free blog posts, tutorials, and tips here at InDesignSecrets — plus over 200 audio podcasts! Over 8,000 people visit InDesignSecrets each day, from all around the globe, relying on us to get answers […]
We have some big news about InDesign Magazine! As you may recall, InDesignSecrets acquired InDesign Magazine last year. Today, we are making some exciting changes: InDesign Magazine is going monthly! Instead of receiving the magazine every other month, we’re going to release an issue every month. Your expiration date won’t change, so that means you will receive […]
Unicode lets you insert tens of thousands of different characters into your text, even including crazy characters like those that let you “type” u?op ?p?sdn. But just because you can insert a character doesn’t mean that InDesign will know what it is or what to do with it. This became apparent a little while ago […]
Rust stops for no man. (Probably a good reason not to name your dog Rust.) But fortunately, there’s too much new stuff going on in the InDesign world for rust to take hold! Check out these articles and videos to help you keep up with the cutting edge: As we’ve mentioned, InDesign CC 9.2 (a.k.a. […]
How do you quickly find an image that is linked in InDesign on your system or network? This post gives you a number of quick find techniques.