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InDesign Magazine Issue 67: Fixed-Layout EPUB

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 67 (November, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is “fixed-lyout EPUB,” which is perhaps the most-important new feature in the 2014.1 release of InDesign that came out a couple of weeks ago. But print-lovers will be happy, too, because Claudia McCue returns for an in-depth look at […]

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How to Make Lumberjack Plaid

How do you think this plaid was created? Squares: stepped and repeated? Or perhaps using a plugin? Or maybe a table? If you guessed table, you are correct! How many rows and columns do you think compose this plaid? 11 rows and columns? Nope. Try 5. This article will teach you how to create lumberjack […]

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Tip of the Week: Corner Stroke Effects

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on October 23, 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 Easiest Way to Create Smooth-Scrolling Pages for DPS

Smooth scrolling articles are often used for the “departments” in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite magazine folios. In most magazines, the features are highly-designed, but not the departments. Smooth scrolling pages are a way to design a department once, and then just change the page size to accommodate the variations in department content from issue to issue. For […]

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Text Wrap: Awesome or Evil?

The following is an email exchange between David Blatner and Olav Martin Kvern, two friends and early adopters of publishing technology who started with Pagemaker in the late 80s and have been laying out pages ever since. Ole and David both agree on a lot, but when it comes to text wrap, the two just […]

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Tip of the Week: Alphabetizing Menus

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on October 16, 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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Creating Auto-Size Speech Bubbles

A while back, I answered a question on the InDesign User Forum about how to make rectangular speech bubbles that automatically resize to fit the text inside them. The person asking the question also had the requirement that the pointer part of the speech bubble not resize. Here’s the best solution that I could come up […]

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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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