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InDesign Secrets Video: Creating Pop-Up Footnotes in Ebooks

In the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, Anne-Marie Concepción shows off a new feature in InDesign CC that allows you to create interactive pop-up footnotes in reflowable EPUB files. And it couldn’t be easier. There’s nothing special you need to do in InDesign. Just set up your footnotes as usual, and then choose the right options when […]

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How To Place Multiple Word Files into One Text Frame

A colleague recently asked me how to import 200+ Word files into one threaded story within InDesign. By default, InDesign will allow content from each file to be placed into its own frame, but not into the same frame, and this came as quite as a surprise. Regardless of which import technique you use, or which buttons […]

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Tip of the Week: Decimal Align Numbers in Table Cells

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on October 9, 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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InDesign Secrets Video: Automatically Adding Currency Numbers in Tables

Ever have to format a list or table with currency symbols like dollar signs, yen, or euros? Typing those symbols over and over would get pretty boring pretty quickly. And you don’t have to. You just need to learn the trick that David Blatner shows in the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, In the video, David shows […]

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Data Merging Individual Records to Separate PDFs Part 2: via Scripting

In my last post, I outlined how to create individually named PDFs from a Data Merge using: bookmarks from a table of contents; and bookmarks from document structure I had mentioned that at the time of writing, I had been considering the use of a script to take a specific paragraph or character style to […]

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Tip of the Week: Understanding Table Spacing

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on October 2, 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 way […]

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Color Themes, Interactive eBooks added to InDesign CC (October 2014 Release)

The 2014 Adobe MAX conference opens today, and as is their custom, Adobe is using the opportunity to showcase new features in the updated versions of their Creative Cloud apps, which were made available early this morning to Creative Cloud subscribers. Of interest to all of us InDesign types are two big new features. First, InDesign now has […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Keeping Page Numbers Visible

Running headers, footers, and page numbers are document elements that should always come from a master page. But you might wonder how to keep things like page numbers visible on your document pages when you have other objects like photos or backgrounds that overlap them. Unless you override them, master page items will be stuck sitting behind […]

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Pointer Lines for Technical Writers: Part 2

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post called Pointer Lines for Technical Writers. It explored the process I went through in creating a stroke style that allowed me to call out important items in technical photographs. To summarize, I created a custom stroke striped stroke style with a black stroke and a white gap. […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 66: Workarounds

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 66 (October, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is “workarounds” Here’s what the issue includes: Bob Levine brings together twenty essential workarounds from a supergroup of distinguished InDesign pros. Mike Ranking describes five different ways to put a border or background on a paragraph. Sandee Cohen offers […]

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 126

There is more in the InDesign universe that is dreamt of in your philosophy, my friend! Here’s just a glimpse of what I’ve been looking at recently: Here is a list of GREP wildcard codes I’ve never seen before, apparently based on Perl — including “any math symbol,” and more. Okay, this is cool: a […]

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Tip of the Week: Move Text to a New Frame

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 25, 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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Window Seat: Fixed-Layout EPUB is Ready for Take-Off

Let’s take a little break from the usual fare of tips, tricks, scripts, and shortcuts, to consider a topic that’s probably a bit over your heads—literally (unless you are reading this in an airplane)—human flight. When we fly, we put up with everything from baggage fees to body scanners to get where we need to […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Making a TOC With the Index Feature

The next issue of InDesign Magazine is coming soon and the theme is…(drumroll please)…workarounds! So it’s only appropriate (yet entirely coincidental) that in the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, David Blatner shares one of the most amazing workarounds you’re likely to ever see. He shows how to build a table of contents with any text (not just the text that’s […]

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Editing Text Wrap With the Pen Tool

InDesign offers five kinds of Text Wrap: No Text Wrap, Wrap Around Bounding Box, Wrap Around Object Shape, Jump Object, and Jump to Next Column. Most of the time, one of these will give you the right results for your layout. But once in a while, you might find that none of them gives you the exact look that […]

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My White Text Disappeared (and solution)

I was just working on some artwork for The InDesign Conference and I exported a PDF and some of my text disappeared: Where did the “The” and “Conference” go?! I exported the PDF several more times with different settings. I confirmed that the text (which had been converted to outlines so I could make some […]

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Tip of the Week: Color Shortcuts

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 18, 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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The Apple Watch Effect

Unless you were trapped under a rock (or a pile of Android tablets) recently, you undoubtedly have heard about Apple’s new iWatch, er, Apple Watch. The glossy wearable gadget got more press attention than a Kardashian running for President. And whether you think the Apple Watch is a game-changing gizmo or a crazy contrivance, you had to have some […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Converting Local Formatting to Styles

If somewhere on this Earth there existed a stone tablet on which were carved the Ten Commandments of InDesign, you can bet your bottom dollar that the words “Thou Shalt Not Commit Local Overrides” would be at the top of the list. Having a cleanly styled document has many benefits, regardless if your document is […]

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