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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Alternatives for InDesign Indexing

InDesign offers some rudimentary tools for building an index from your documents — primarily the Index panel. The the Index panel will likely leave you frustrated if you have to make anything but the most basic index. If you find yourself in that camp, clutching a bottle of “Acetaminophen (see also paracetamol)”, then check out these...
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Scramble Text in Place to Hide Private Info

Bruce asked: Is there any way to scramble or replace existing text with placeholder text? I have possibly sensitive documents I want to show for portfolio on my site to show design, but if I could scramble the text, I wouldn’t be divulging sensitive client info. That’s a really interesting idea! I don’t know of...
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Tip of the Week: Turning Off Recent Fonts

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 6, 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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Premium Member Benefit: Flyer Templates, part 2

It’s time for templates again! Actually, it’s past time. October came and went without a new template begin posted for you, our loyal Premium members of InDesignSecrets. (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) We realize that’s frustrating, and we’re very sorry for missing the deadline. So to get you caught up, we’ll have two new templates in November...
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PADI App Encourages Students to Dive In

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has created a new way to immerse students in underwater exploration. From iOS or Android tablets, trainees can dive into the PADI Open Water Diver Touch folio, created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), to learn the latest techniques and safety information for scuba diving. With student convenience...
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The Remote InCopy User

Specific InCopy workflows come in all different flavors, and because InCopy is so versatile, you can use it to meet the needs of each one of those workflows. One workflow that consistently presents a challenge to users, is the workflow that contains remote users. That is to say users that don’t work within the walls of...
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InDesign Secrets Video: Creating Blank Entry Spaces for PDF Forms

One of the best things about creating PDF forms in InDesign is that you have all of InDesign’s type and layout features at your disposal to help you efficiently design great-looking forms. And in the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, David Blatner shows how to take advantage of some of those features (like tables and paragraph rules) when you’re...
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Constructing Interactive EPUBs in Adobe InDesign

Did you know InDesign isn’t only for print? In this “Adobe InDesign Quick Tips” tutorial, you’ll learn how to create and export interactive EPUBs (electronic publications) that include slide shows, buttons, hyperlinks, animation, movies, and audio...
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An Introduction to Typesetting Books in Adobe InDesign

What You'll Be CreatingAdobe InDesign is a standard piece of publishing software, and is commonly used by professional typesetters to design the inside pages of books. If you’re creating your own self-published book, or simply want to know a little more about the typesetting process, this quick and simple tutorial will teach you the basics...
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Replacing the Standard Poster for Video and Sound Files

If you create interactive PDFs from InDesign, you probably know that you can place videos and sound files in your documents. And when you include videos and sounds, InDesign uses something called a poster, which is the static image that displays before the video or sound starts playing. If you use recommended video formats like MP4s, you...
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Create a Retro Wall Calendar in Adobe InDesign

What You'll Be CreatingYou may be starting to feel a panic rising as you contemplate finding suitable gifts for friends and family this upcoming holiday season. Why not use your creative talents and create your own wall calendar to give away as a present, or just to keep for your own home or office?...
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Canada’s Postmedia Newspaper Chain Launches Second Daily with DPS

Postmedia is Canada’s largest publisher of paid English-language daily newspapers and publishes ten titles that represent some of the country’s oldest and best known media brands. They’ve been hard at work developing a thoroughly modern publishing strategy built on a sophisticated, multi-platform approach to delivering the news. So, in addition to their daily printed papers,...
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