InDesign Secrets
Adobe InDesign tips, techniques and insider info from Anne-Marie Concepcion and David Blatner.

Twitter for InDesign users; KBSC of the Week; New eBook; New speakers for the 2011 PeP Conf.; Obscurity of the Week: Row Separator

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  • All about Twitter for InDesign users:
    • Who to follow and why
    • Design-oriented Twitter lists
    • InDesign tips found in tweets
  • Keyboard Shortcut of the Week: Cmd-Y/Ctrl-Y
  • Newsbits
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Row Separator
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News and special offers from our sponsors:  
>> In-Tools is owned by our friend Harbs, who helps out so many users here on the blog and in our forum. In this episode we talked about his company's awesome Reflective Objects plug-in ($39 US), which lets designers specify "align to/away from spine" for objects as well as paragraphs without having to make them anchored objects. If you've every had the layout of a left-facing page turn into a mess when it became a right-facing page, this plug-in is for you!  
>> Rorohiko has a number of cool plug-ins for InDesign users that slash the amount of time it takes to get something done. We love their handy (and free!) plug-in called "Like Finds Like." It lets you select an object, then tell InDesign to select all the other objects on that page or spread that share the same fill or stroke or frame type or width or ... you get the idea. Check it out! Meanwhile, you can support Rorohiko by buying one of their commercial plug-ins, such as the wonderful TextExporter ($19 US) that we talked about in the last episode ... it's the ideal add-on for anyone who needs to repurpose text from their layouts. You can still go to this special URL: http://www.rorohiko.com/indesignsecrets139.html in the Rorohiko.com store to get a "10 pack" of TextExporter for only $109 instead of $149.

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Links mentioned in this podcast:
> Anne-Marie's Twitter & Facebook Marketing videos at Lynda.com
> The GraphicDesign Twitter list at Listorious
> Twitter user @Typography posts type-related info
> Blog post about 50 web designers to follow on Twitter
> Look for InDesign Tips on Twitter
> Learn more about Rufus Deuchler, Cari Jansen, and Russell Viers (new speakers at the Print & ePublishing Conference)
> Follow (or just read) @indesignsecrets on Twitter, and also our individual Twitter posts: @amarie, @dblatner, @idguy, @jmvrankin, @jamesfritz, @carijansen
> A few of our favorite Tweeple: @mninness, @lizcastro, @scottcitron, @rufusd, @mordy, @indesignmag, @indesign
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

Object style tricks; Quizzler winner (floppy disc icons); KBSC of the week: Recall Zoom; Obscurity of the Week: Spacing Options

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  • Super tips and tricks for Object Styles, such as:
    • Apply first/next paragraph style
    • Set position of the object
    • Set width of the text frame
  • Quizzler winner: How many floppy disc icons in InDesign? (more than you think!)
  • Keyboard Shortcut of the Week: Ctrl-Alt-2 / Cmd-Option-2
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Spacing Options
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News and special offers from our sponsors:  
>> In-Tools is owned by the famous “Harbs” who helps out so many users here on the blog and in our forum. He and his company develop many scripts and plug-ins that are so useful for InDesign users. In this episode we talked about the amazing Power Headers plug-in for automatically creating running headers with a wealth of options and filters, and AutoFlow Pro, which was reviewed in the current issue of InDesign Magazine. And in his spare time, Harbs writes an engaging blog on his company site at In-Tools.com, check it out!  
>> Rorohiko has a number of cool plug-ins for InDesign users that slash the amount of time it takes to get something done! For example, Anne-Marie uses their plug-in TextExporter so often she thought it was part of the program! This wonderful timesaver lets you intelligently export text from multiple stories in InDesign out to a single, concatenated RTF or text file. It’s the ideal add-on for anyone who needs to repurpose text from their layouts. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Use the coupon code INDESIGNSECRETS139 in the Rorohiko.com store to get a "10 pack" of TextExporter for only $109 instead of $149.

Direct download: InDesignSecrets-139.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

2011 PeP Conference; InDesign to EPUB; Acrobat X and InDesign; Quizzler winners (and a new Quizzler); Obscurity of the Week: Output Condition Name, Output Condition Indentifier, Registry Name

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  • 2011 Print & ePublishing Conference announcement!
  • InDesign to EPUB: Recap and tips from Liz Castro's webinar
  • Acrobat X and InDesign
  • InDesignSecrets newsletter Quizzler winners ("How many InDesign users to change a lightbulb?")
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Output Condition Name, Output Condition Identifier, Registry Name
  • New Quizzler! Listen to the episode to learn how to win
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News and special offers from our sponsors:  
>> Recosoft is the developer of PDF2ID, the miraculous solution for converting PDF file to editable InDesign files. Install the software and you’ll be able to open (not just Place) PDFs in InDesign. Styles, tables, layers, threaded text, it all gets reconstituted. It’s amazing! The latest version, PDF2ID 3.0, is compatible with InDesign CS3, CS4, and CS5 on Macintosh and Windows platforms.  
>> MathMagic, the ultimate equation editor from Info Logic, Inc., is a WYSIWYG equation editor/plug-in that lets you create inline, editable EPS equations from within InDesign (if you use the MathMagic Pro edition). It even converts equations set by Word’s Equation Editor, LaTex, MathML and MathType, to MathMagic-style equations. For InDesignSecrets listeners, they’re offering a time-limited discount of 25% off any MathMagic Pro product that’s $199US or more, until Dec. 30, 2010 (extended deadline!). Here are the details of the offer, or just remember to use the coupon code INDS at the MathMagic order page to get your discount.
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To enter this episode's Quizzler: Send an email to info@indesignsecrets.com with the word QUIZZLER in the subject line and your best answer in the body of the message. You have until Friday, Dec. 10, at midnight CST to send in your answer, one per user! We will choose the most correct answer, or in the case of a tie, we will randomly choose from the correct answer(s). Winner will be announced in the first podcast after Dec. 10. 2011!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

Hexadecimal colors and a free Hex script; CMYK color management in ID for the rest of us; InDesign to EPUB webinars; Obscurity of the Week: Show Single Plates in Black

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  • Defining, matching, and converting hexadecimal colors in InDesign
  • The 3 things you need to know about CMYK color images in InDesign
  • Liz Castro's upcoming InDesign to EPUB webinars
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Show Single Plates in Black
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News and special offers from our sponsors:  
>> In-Tools is owned by the famous "Harbs" who helps out so many users here on the blog (such as the Hex color script). They just came out with an update to World Tools and World Tools Plus, two InDesign plug-ins that represent “the most complete solution available for composing multilingual documents including Hebrew, Arabic, Indic languages, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and more.” Go to the World Tools product page to see screen shots, download a trial, and learn all the neat things InDesign can do with typesetting world languages.
>> Rorohiko has a number of cool plug-ins for InDesign users that slash the amount of time it takes to get something done! For example, Anne-Marie uses their plug-in TextExporter so often she thought it was part of the program! This wonderful timesaver lets you intelligently export text from multiple stories in InDesign out to a single, concatenated RTF or text file. It's the ideal add-on for anyone who needs to repurpose text from their layouts. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Use the coupon code INDESIGNSECRETS137 in the Rorohiko.com store to get TextExporter for only $15 instead of $19.
>> UK-based Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Center, is giving away one free 2-day InDesign class to a lucky InDesignSecrets.com listener. Classes will be held in Cardiff or London, U.K. To enter the drawing for the free class, go to http://www.certitec.com/indesignsecrets.html and fill out the form. Quick! You only have 14 days from the date of this podcast to enter the drawing. If you don’t win, you can always register for any 2010 class at Certitec for 10% off if you mention “InDesignSecrets” when registering.

Direct download: InDesignSecrets-137.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

Acrobat X; Hyperlinks in InDesign CS5; Adobe's new Digital Publishing Suite; Obscurity of the Week: Preflight Report Template

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It's learning week!
  • Anne-Marie learns a couple Acrobat X tips
  • David learns of a fix that helps InDesign CS5's Convert to Hyperlink feature
  • We all learn the details of Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Preflight Report Template
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News and special offers from our sponsors: >> Recosoft is the developer of PDF2ID, the miraculous solution for converting PDF file to editable InDesign files. Install the software and you'll be able to open (not just Place) PDFs in InDesign. Styles, tables, layers, threaded text, it all gets reconstituted. It's amazing! The latest version, PDF2ID 3.0, is compatible with InDesign CS3, CS4, and CS5 on Macintosh and Windows platforms. >> MathMagic, the ultimate equation editor from Info Logic, Inc., is a WYSIWYG equation editor/plug-in that lets you create inline, editable EPS equations from within InDesign (if you use the MathMagic Pro edition). It even converts equations set by Word's Equation Editor, LaTex, MathML and MathType, to MathMagic-style equations. For InDesignSecrets listeners, they're offering a time-limited discount of 25% off any MathMagic Pro product that's $199US or more, until Nov. 30, 2010. Here are the details of the offer, or just remember to use the coupon code INDS at the MathMagic order page to get your discount.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Quizzler answers (InDesign limits); Steve Werner interview (preflighting digital publications); Obscurity of the week: Postscript Level

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  • Quizzler Winner (and answers)!
    • Largest number of tab stops in a paragraph
    • Largest document page size, smallest page size
    • Most number of columns on a page
    • Most number of pages in a document, highest page number (screen shot below!)
  • Steve Werner interview, InDesign trainer and blog contributor
    • Preflighting for print and for digital publications
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: PostScript Level
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News and special offers from our sponsors:  
>> PrePress Studio sells eDocker, a wonderful utility program for any InDesign CS4 or CS5 user who exports files to SWF. eDocker makes the SWFs more user-friendly in the browser because it lets you add page navigation and zoom controls, among other goodies. Try the free 3-day trial offer! And be sure to vote for eDocker for an Adobe MAX award right now! (InDesign represent!)  
>> In-Tools just came out with an update to World Tools and World Tools Plus, two InDesign plug-ins that represent "the most complete solution available for composing multilingual documents including Hebrew, Arabic, Indic languages, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and more." Go to the World Tools product page to see screen shots, download a trial, and learn all the neat things InDesign can do with typesetting world languages. In-Tools also makes the free ScriptBay: If you use scripts with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, or any of the other Creative Suite apps, you need this freebie Scripts panel replacement.  
>> MathMagic, the ultimate equation editor from Info Logic, Inc., is a WYSIWYG equation editor/plug-in that lets you create inline, editable EPS equations from within InDesign (if you use the MathMagic Pro edition). It even converts equations set by Word's Equation Editor, LaTex, MathML and MathType, to MathMagic-style equations. For InDesignSecrets listeners, they're offering a time-limited discount of 25% off any MathMagic Pro product that's $199US or more, until Nov. 30, 2010. Here are the details of the offer, or just remember to use the coupon code INDS at the MathMagic order page to get your discount.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Beyond Print: EPUB; Digital Magazines; Quizzler Announcement; Obscurity of the Week: Resize by 5%

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  • Beyond Print: EPUB and Digital Magazines from InDesign (and DC Seminar Recap)
  • Quizzler Announcement
  • Upcoming InDesignSecretsLive! seminars for Fall 2010: Los Angeles CA, Spokane WA, Santa Fe NM
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Resize by 5%
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News and special offers from our sponsors: >> MathMagic, the ultimate equation editor from Info Logic, Inc., is a WYSIWYG equation editor/plug-in that lets you create inline, editable EPS equations from within InDesign (if you use the MathMagic Pro edition). For InDesignSecrets listeners, they're offering a time-limited discount of 25% off any MathMagic Pro product that's $199US or more, until Nov. 30, 2010. Here are the details of the offer, or just remember to use the coupon code INDS at the MathMagic order page to get your discount. >> Rorohiko has a number of cool plug-ins for InDesign users that slash the amount of time it takes to get something done! In this episode we take a close look at their nifty plug-in, Magneto Guides, an ideal add-on for anyone who works with structured, repetitive documents. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Use the coupon code INDESIGNSECRETS134 in the Rorohiko.com store to get 25% off MagnetoGuides.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

Podcasts and Videocasts; Changing Page Color; InDesign Seminars; Obscurity of the Week: Prevent Manual Positioning

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  • Podcasts and videocasts you'll love
  • Mailbag Answer: Changing the page background color
  • Upcoming InDesignSecretsLive! seminars for Fall 2010: Washington DC, Los Angeles CA, Denver CO, Spokane WA, Santa Fe NM, more tba
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Prevent Manual Positioning
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News and special offers from our sponsors:
>>UK-based Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Center, is giving away one free 2-day InDesign class to a lucky InDesignSecrets.com listener. Classes will be held in Cardiff or London, U.K. To enter the drawing for the free class, go to http://www.certitec.com/indesignsecrets.html and fill out the form. Quick! You only have 14 days from the date of this podcast to enter the drawing. If you don’t win, you can always register for any 2010 class at Certitec for 10% off if you mention “InDesignSecrets” when registering.
>> Rorohiko has a number of cool plug-ins for InDesign users that slash the amount of time it takes to get something done! In this episode we take a close look at their newly updated Mac/Windows utility called Soxy ($19US single license, $159US for a site license) that helps you open files (InDesign, and others) in the correct version of the program when you have more than one version installed. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Use the coupon code INDESIGNSECRETS133in the Rorohiko.com store to get 25% off the Soxy utility.
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Recommended Podcasts and Videocasts:
> Copyediting podcast
> CreativeSweetTV videocast
> DesignSchool videocast
> InstantInDesign videocast
> The iPad Show podcast
> MacTech Live videocast
> PixelPerfect videocast
Did we overlook your favorite design- or publishing-related podcast? Please add it below in a comment!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Twitter poem; CID fonts; Quizzler results; Seminar updates; Obscurity of the Week: Always subset fonts with glyph counts greater than 2000

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  • Anne-Marie: Twitter poet laureate
  • David's ongoing battle with CID encoding
  • Quizzler Results (Making things invisible) and winners
  • Upcoming seminars debuting in September
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Always subset fonts with glyph counts greater than 2000
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News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Rorohiko’s SudokuGenerator plug-in lets you to generate Sudoku puzzles directly in InDesign. Spice up the next newsletter with your own Sudoku, or go into the Sudoku puzzle book business! There are many options and settings you can customize. The $149 plug-in works in CS1 to CS5, Mac or Windows. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Use the coupon code INDESIGNSECRETS132 in the Rorohiko.com store to get 25% off the SudokuGenerator plug-in.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

7.02 patch update; Bob Levine interview; Quizzler and Seminars news; Obscurity of the Week: Comma, period, slash

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  • 7.02 patch update for InDesign/InCopy CS5: What does it fix?
  • Interview with Bob Levine, the "InDesignGuy" and InDesignSecrets.com contributor
  • Upcoming seminars debuting in September
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Comma, period, slash (they have a secret life as obscure keyboard shortcuts)
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News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> UK-based Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Center, is giving away one free 2-day InDesign class to a lucky InDesignSecrets.com listener. Classes will be held in Cardiff or London, U.K. To enter the drawing for the free class, go to http://www.certitec.com/indesignsecrets.html and fill out the form. Quick! You only have 14 days from the date of this podcast to enter the drawing. If you don’t win, you can always register for any 2010 class at Certitec for 10% off if you mention “InDesignSecrets” when registering.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT