Arranging Numbered Lists in Separate Frames

Did you know you can have numbered lists run in a sequence that jumps across separate frames (stories)? Way back in 2007, Anne-Marie wrote a terrific column explaining how to use the list feature to set up that type of numbered list. Without going into too much detail, the trick is to define a custom list…

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Premium Member Benefit: Perfect Bound Cover

It’s time for templates again!  This time it’s a perfect bound cover for Premium members of InDesignSecrets. (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) Once again, the original template came to us from James Wamser of Ripon Printers. We modified it and added elements to make laying out a cover for a perfect-bound document easy and efficient…

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Traps when Packaging Data Merge files

I often recommend that clients use Adobe InDesign’s “package” feature to collect all assets into one folder to give to another party. While it is not completely foolproof, it is certainly better than providing no links or fonts at all, or wasting time trying to find those assets manually. When packaging a file used for…

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What’s the Difference Between EPUB, DPS, and PDF?

I saw this question on twitter recently: “What is the fundamental difference between EPUB3 and Adobe DPS?” and I realized that I’ve been asked this a lot recently. For example, we had an EPUB track and a DPS track at The InDesign Conference and a lot of people wrote in to ask which one they…

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A Shortcut to Constrain Transformations

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 20, 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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New lynda.com Course: Creating Fixed Layout EPUBs with InDesign CC

Most InDesign users would love to have a simple, export-once-you’re-done way to turn their layouts into digital publications. Digital pubs that include not just the fonts, colors, and layout (like a PDF), but also any interactive elements (video, buttons, animation) they care to add, and have that miracle file and its buttons and gizmos work, dangit, on…

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Adobe Drops DPS Single Edition Support from Creative Cloud

 [Editor’s note: This article is in two parts. First, an article by Bob Levine; followed by additional notes by David Blatner.] Adobe is announcing today that it will be “retiring” the Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition (DPS SE) from the Adobe Creative Cloud on May 1 (2015) and removing it as a purchasable product from Adobe.com even sooner,…

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Transpose it!

InCopy contains a slew of hidden features that are often overlooked by users who use InCopy every day. I was reminded of this recently while working on a project where a user had copied numeric data from an excel spreadsheet that contained incorrect data. It turns out that the data supplied to them, had the…

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 128

Hey, did you see our new 3-minute PePcon video yet? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like going to a PePcon, this should give you a good idea. And, once you finish that, take a moment to peruse this list of terrific articles and videos I’ve compiled! InCopy users take note: Chad Chelius has posted…

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InDesign Secrets Video: Changing the UI Language

InDesign is used all around the world, so of course the application supports many different languages. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or obvious just how you would go about changing the language of InDesign’s user interface. In fact, there isn’t an officially supported way to do this. But there is a super obscure trick…

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New lynda.com Course: Creating Long Documents With InDesign CC

As I was preparing for my session on long documents for the InDesign Conference earlier this month, I realized that 2014 is my 20th year making books and other long docs. And it has been a blast making all those pages on everything from gardening to geometry to fruit to football. So it feels like perfect…

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Converting Cross References to Text and Retaining the Information

Cross references were introduced to InDesign in 2008 in version CS4. A cross reference allows you to insert text within one paragraph that references the text in another position across the document. (Hence the term cross references, sometimes shortened to x-refs.) A typical x-ref might be: For more information see “Working with text” on page…

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Styling Code Snippets with GREP Styles

I received an urgent plea for help from a designer in Romania who’d tracked me down through a web forum where I’ve posted answers to a great many InDesign questions. He was on a very tight deadline, and he’d suddenly hit a problem he couldn’t crack. He had a 90-page book with many examples of…

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Tip of the Week: Making Custom Motion Paths for Animation

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 13, 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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A Brief History of InDesign

InDesign 1.0 was released way back in the spring of 1999, so it is 15 years old this year! Since those humble beginnings, there have been 15 versions of InDesign released that contain new features. I put together a PDF called A Brief History of InDesign that shows the name of each version, the version number, whether…

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WoodWing Software Partners with MEI

Press Release Detroit, MI/Jenkintown, PA (November 14, 2014) WoodWing Software and MEI have established a partnership to market WoodWing’s multi-channel publishing solution Enterprise and its digital asset management application Elvis DAM in North America. With this move, WoodWing continues to expand its footprint in the United States and Canada. MEI, founded in 1990, delivers products, services, consulting and custom development…

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InDesign Secrets Video: Creative Uses of the Slug Area

Most InDesign users are completely unaware of all the cool uses for slugs in their documents. No, not that kind of slug. I’m talking about the kind of slug that defines an area around the pages of your document, and can be used to include all sorts of useful information in printouts and PDF. In the…

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 127

What a busy few weeks! Lots of learning and talking at conferences (including our own InDesign conference), lots of planning, writing, travel… whew! But I’m starting to get caught up and wanted to pass along a few really cool resources for all my InDesign friends: A little bit of Nigel French’s “Designing a Magazine Cover”…

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