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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 16:02
Izaac wrote: I am trying to add a currency symbol such as $ sign to a cell as a style, which means that the style needs to include the $ sign every time it is applied to another cell. My initial response was that this is unfortunately not possible and that he should check out […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Tables, Text"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 13:34
Nancy wrote: My student has an InDesign file in which bleeds seem to be set properly, however when he views in Preview, the bleed does not clip away visually as usual. I set up a sample doc on the same work station and the problem persists. Yes, this can really be confusing (“why is InDesign […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Layout, Troubleshooting, bleed, Preview"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 17:29
For a page-layout program, adding page numbers can be surprisingly confusing! But fear not, it’s not as bad as it sometimes seems. We have several articles about page numbers already, but I want to focus on one aspect of numbering (or adding “folios” as some call them): adding prefixes. For example, let’s say you want […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Long Docs, Text, folio, page numbers"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 15:55
Here’s an interesting problem: How can you make an auto-numbered list of paragraphs that goes 1.0, 2.0, 2.01, 2.02, 2.1, and so on? It seems like it should be simple, but it takes a little extra work. I’ve discussed how to make multi-level numbered lists here, and stressed the importance of making multiple paragraph styles. […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Long Docs, Text, list, numbered list, nu..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 13:22
[Note: This is a guest post from a longtime reader, Masood Ahmad. See links at the end for other methods of achieving text wrap around drop caps.] How often many of us have faced queries or requests from our clients or friends, which are beyond the limits of software, we are working on. Experience and learning […]
Author: "Guest Post" Tags: "Text, drop cap, Text wrap"
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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 22:28
The full moon has me howling… about InDesign! And even an eclipse can’t stop you from reading these articles and watching these videos: The InDesign CC Recertification exam is now live Watch Terry White’s video 5 Hidden Gems in Adobe InDesign CC Can you convert a PDF to an editable InDesign file? Sure! But you will almost always […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "News, articles"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 21:21
When people think about color swatch libraries, they almost always think about Pantone, but Pantone isn’t the only library out there and there may be good reasons you should consider others. For example… Trumatch! Background First, it’s critical that you understand that most color swatch libraries are for spot colors — that is, colors that […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Color, cmyk, swatches, swatches panel"
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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 07:29
When you assign drop cap formatting to a paragraph (so that one or more letters at the beginning of the paragraph drop down more than one line), InDesign creates the drop cap in a rectangular area. That means the text to the right of the drop cap does not runaround or wrap to the contours […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Text, drop cap, kerning, nonjoiner"
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Date: Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 13:52
Data Merge is a feature of InDesign that I use regularly to prepare personalized mail campaigns. (Editor’s note: see Colin’s excellent in-depth article about Data Merge in InDesign Magazine issue 52.) Recently, I discovered a feature that made it possible to scale shapes during a Data Merge! It uses a combination of Data Merge, some “no […]
Author: "Colin Flashman" Tags: "Layout, Plugins and Scripts, Data Merge,..."
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Date: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 15:44
I was reminded today about a common problem. In the following image, I have opened a document, selected some text, and applied a font: Unfortunately, the text was immediately highlighted with “the dreaded pink.” What’s wrong here? Why can’t I apply this font that is in my Font menu? The dreaded pink means one of […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Text, Troubleshooting, font, pink"
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Date: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 12:44
We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 60 (April, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is Color: how to choose it, and how to ensure that the color you choose is the color you get. These are must-read articles for anyone who works with color in their documents! But even if you spend all […]
Author: "Anne-Marie & David" Tags: "News, GREP, grep styles, Magazine"
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 07:01
April 1, 2014 — Special InDepth Exposé on Adobe’s Secret Conspiracy We’ve worked with Adobe since the 1980s, but we’ve never understood how beneath their helpful demeanor and excellent products there lies a maze of fiendish schemes. Today, we’re proud to be breaking the news and cracking the code for you, our readers, so that […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "News, april fool"
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Date: Monday, 31 Mar 2014 15:26
One of the fastest changing features in InDesign the past few versions has been EPUB export. Creating EPUB from InDesign started out with a rather weak plug-in in InDesign CS4 and CS5 which required many workarounds and lots of editing of the HTML and CSS after export. Beginning with InDesign CS5.5, the InDesign team has […]
Author: "Steve Werner" Tags: "Creative Suite"
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Date: Friday, 28 Mar 2014 22:49
Interested in typography? DPS? Design? Whatever your interest, we have something at InDesignSecrets for you… but of course, there’s even more out there! Here’s some links you should look at: Still using Mac OS 10.6 or earlier? Watch out, as Adobe is dropping support. And, while we’re on the topic, Adobe is also dropping support […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "News, articles"
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Date: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 12:25
Some updates add new features, others just fix problems. A small update, InDesign CC 9.2.1, arrived on March 25, 2014, with fixes for some annoying crashes. The update is available for InDesign CC subscribers either through the Creative Cloud Desktop application, or by choosing Help > Updates… within InDesign. Briefly, the updates fixes crashes related […]
Author: "Steve Werner" Tags: "News, Troubleshooting"
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Date: Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 07:34
One of the things I like about InDesign is the way you can make the program work for you. The program offers several ways to configure or customise the way you handle your files, use tools and make yourself comfortable. Unfortunately, some of these options can also work against you. And while you’re away from […]
Author: "Bart Van de Wiele" Tags: "Color, Layout, Troubleshooting, april fo..."
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Date: Monday, 24 Mar 2014 16:55
G. writes: I’ve tried to make changes to a .indd document 4 times now, even saving it with another name. I can export to pdf successfully, but the actual InDesign file reverts to its original version after closing. This sounds super frustrating! And I hate to say this, but in the majority of cases when […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Troubleshooting, revert, save"
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Date: Friday, 21 Mar 2014 09:00
Once a year I go to Oahu to teach at the University of Hawaii. (It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.) Each year, when I teach changing the language settings for InDesign spelling checks, the students ask if there is a dictionary for Hawaiian. Each time I have sadly replied no. Even […]
Author: "Sandee Cohen" Tags: "Text, dictionary, Hunspell, Hyphenation,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 17:57
Cathy wrote: Is there an easy way  to change preferences so that it will not hyphenate a hyphenated word? For instance “over-the-mountain” will break “over-the-moun-”  and bring “tain” on the next line. Our editors do not like even if it breaks at “over-the-” and bring “mountain” on the next line – they consider that a […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "Mailbag Answers, Text, grep styles, Hyph..."
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Date: Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 18:04
Now that InDesign Magazine has gone monthly, and PePcon is coming, time is getting tighter to collect these great InDesign articles! But here are a few that I know you should know about. (If you have suggestions for InDesign articles or videos you think people should see, email me at david [at] indesignsecrets.com!) You’ve heard […]
Author: "David Blatner" Tags: "News, articles"
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