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

John McWade; InDesign CS6+ Wishlist; WTH - Allow Document Pages to Shuffle; Obscurity of the Week: Star Inset

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  • 2012 PePConference update: John McWade (Before & After) added to speaker list
  • InDesign wishlists for CS6, CS7, and beyond
    • Create form fields (for PDFs)
    • In-app, non-destructive image editing
    • Enhance MiniBridge with metadata and keywords panel
    • Set screen resolution in preferences
    • Integrate InDesign digital publishing with Dreamweaver
    • User-modifiable Application Bar icons a la Acrobat X
    • Many more from our user-driven InDesign Wishlist site
  • WTH (What the Heck?) Feature of the Week: "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle"
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Star Inset
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-163.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:14pm EST

PePConference News; Matthew Diener interview; Keyboard Shortcut of the Week; Obscurity of the Week: Create Guides

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  • 2012 PePConference news; secret goodies for early early registrants
  • Interview with Matthew Diener, editor of EPUBSecrets.com
  • InDesign Shortcut of the Week: Command-Option-I/Ctrl-Alt-I
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Create Guides (the menu command)
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-162.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:37pm EST

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  • New sister site: ePubSecrets.com!
  • All about the new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon
  • Creating accessible PDFs with InDesign: Tips and Resources
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Artifact
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-161.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:14pm EST

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  • News: Anne-Marie's Las Vegas recap, Podcast survey results, Goodie boxes
  • Interview with Josh Nguni, Namibia's InDesign User Group leader
  • Adobe's Creative Cloud: A brief overview and discussion
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Objects Move with Page
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-160.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

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  • Podcast listener survey, with prizes!
  • Smackdown: The Print dialog box vs. the Printer dialog box
  • WTH? The Color panel
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Reverse Path
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:19pm EST

Live performances coming up; InDesign to Kindle; KBSC of the Week; Obscurity of the Week: Leading Edge

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  • Live performances
  • InDesign to Kindle eBook productionL Tips, software, resources
  • Keyboard Shortcut of the Week: Command/Ctrl - ~ (tilde key)
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Leading Edge
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-157.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

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  • News and Announcements
    • James Fritz's InDesignSecrets Live seminar in Milwaukee, Sept 27
    • Anne-Marie's InDesignSecrets Live seminar in Las Vegas, Nov 2
    • David & Fritz are presenting with Russell Brown at Adobe MAX, Oct 1–5
    • Mike Rankin's 3-city InDesignFX tour of midwest IDUGs, Sept 13–15
  • All about Change Case; tips and secrets and scripts and plug-ins and GREP, oh my
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Contextual Alternates
  • Quizzler! All you need is a web connection to figure it out
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-156.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

Back to School episode; Best resources for lifelong learners of InDesign; Upcoming events; Obscurity of the Week: Select Next Object
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  • Back to School episode! Resources for life-long learners of InDesign
    • Books, videos, forums, templates, for users at any level
    • Rededicate yourself to learn! Try our suggested lesson plans for every user
  • Upcoming events, including a peek at PePCon 2012
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Select Next Object
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News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> In-Tools has a number of great InDesign plug-ins, all of which were recently updated to work with CS5.5. In-Tools is one of the best sources for scripts and plug-ins for anyone working with long documents (see the Publisher Suite), anyone creating multilingual publications (see World Tools Pro), and any user who wants to check out some great scripts, many of which are free.
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Links mentioned in this podcast:
> InDesign Secrets, our the new video series at Lynda.com
> Recommended books and videos, our handpicked list
> InDesign videos at VTC.com, Video2Brain, Adobe TV, Software Cinema
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-155.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Milwaukee Seminar; Writing in InDesign; WTH feature: Fit Selection to Window; Obscurity of the week: Odd Page Break

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  • Writing in InDesign: why would you write from scratch in a page-layout program?
  • Our first-ever What-The-Heck (WTH) feature: Fit Selection to Window
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Odd Page Break
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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-154.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:25am EST

Tons o' Table Tips; Obscurity of the Week: Automatic Document Conversion; Quizzler winner and answers

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  • Tables Tables Tables! Answers to:
    • Table styles with column widths?
    • Find (and change) tables with Find/Change?
    • Merge two tables into one, easily?
    • Fill table cells with placeholder text?
    • Insert consecutive numbers in a column?
    • Make a cell show the sum of its column or row (or other math)?
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Automatic Document Conversion
  • Quizzler Winner - and Answers!!!! ("How many ways can you tell the current page number?")
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-153.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Keyboard Shortcut of the Week; Ron Bilodeau interview; Geeky Blog Posts; Obscurity of the Week: Remember Font with Bullet

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  • Keyboard shortcut "of the week"
  • Interview with Ron Bilodeau, InDesign Master at O'Reilly Media
  • Incredibly geeky blog posts you should check out
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Remember Font with Bullet
  • Quizzler!

To enter this episode’s Quizzler: Send an email to info@indesignsecrets.com with the word QUIZZLER in the subject line and as many correct answers as you can think of. You have until Monday, July 25 at midnight CDT to send in your answer, one per user! We will randomly choose a winner from the correct answer(s). Winner will be announced in the first podcast after July 25, 2011!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

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  • PePCon 2011 recap: It was great! Let's do it again! ;-D
  • Marijan's new Acrobat script (lets you create form fields in InDesign)
  • Our Uservoice web site for InDesign feature requests
  • Interview with Douglas Waterfall, InDesign senior software engineer
  • Quizzler winner! (and answer)
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Load Selected Glyph
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-151.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

Our Sesquicentennial Episode; Favorite Resources; Quizzler; Obscurity of the Week: Background Tasks

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

News; Book Cover Layout; Obscurity of the Week: Change Bars; Quizzler Winner

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  • InDesignSecrets News
  • Laying out book covers (spine, covers, flaps): tips and scripts
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Change Bars
  • Quizzler winner and answer!
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-149.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

Russell Viers interview; Keyboard Shortcut of the Week; Obscurity of the Week: Select First Range of Same-Size Pages; Quizzler!

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  • Interview with Russell Viers
    • On teaching InDesign, the suite, and his favorite tips
    • The struggles of regional newspaper publishers (his specialty)
  • Keyboard Shortcut of the Week: Command-Option-7/Control-Alt-7
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Select First Range of Same-Size Pages
  • Quizzler! With a prize worth hundreds of dollars ... listen for details
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-148.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:05am EST

Newsbits; InDesign CS5.5; Moving custom settings; Obscurity of the Week: 6-up

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  • Newsbits!
    • New Social Media sharing links on InDesignSecrets.com
  • InDesign CS 5.5: Why is it important for Adobe? What's new?
  • Moving custom InDesign settings between computers
  • Obscurity of the Week: 6-Up
Direct download: IndDesignSecrets-147.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Newsbits; Live Captions; Liza Daly interview; Obscurity of the Week: Create Tagged PDF

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Database and spreadsheet publishing; Obscurity of the Week: ATC (Adobe Type Composer)

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  • Laying out data from a database or spreadsheet
    • The built-in Data Merge feature
    • InData, InCatalog (emSoftware)
    • EasyCatalog (65bit software)
    • DataLinker (Teacup software)
    • AutoPrice, DesignMerge (Meadows software)
    • XMPie's products
  • Obscurity of the Week: ATC (Adobe Type Composer)
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-145.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

The tech support episode! Mailbag answers; InDesign TechNotes; Nigel French interview; Obscurity of the week: Add items on page as separate objects

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  • The Tech Support episode! From the mailbag ...
    • Select objects under other objects
    • Frame colors
    • Panel redraw problems
    • Making a layer non-printing
    • Tips for finding the best tech support
  • Adobe InDesign Tech Notes
  • Interview with Nigel French, UK-based designer, grids guru, and InDesign typography expert
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Add items on page as separate objects
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-144.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

EPUB and Kindle utilities, cross-reference formats, obscurity of the week: Save Count

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  • Three discoveries about InDesign to eBook conversions
    • TextWrangler opens ePubs
    • Sigil's housekeeping is a feature-not-a-but
    • Kindle Previewer runs KindleGen for your
  • Cross-references: Roll your own formats!
    • Remove the quote marks
    • Add a delimiter (partial paragraph)
    • Change the wording
  • Print & ePublishing Conf: New schedule is up!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Save Count

Errata: TextWrangler lets you open and browse EPUB content files without unzipping them first, but not edit them in place, contrary to what we said in the podcast, sorry! Use Sigil or Oxygen for that.

Direct download: InDesignSecrets-143.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

Cool stuff David found at Macworld; Information about new ID2Office plug-in; Quizzler Answers; Great table tip from Diane Burns; Obscurity of the Week: Search in Spotlight

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  • Macworld 2011: Even stuff Windows users would be interested in!
  • Interview with Paul Chada from Recosoft
  • A great table tip from Diane Burns of Transpacific Digital
  • Winner of last episode's Quizzler: How many places does Load show up in InDesign?
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Search in Spotlight
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-142.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

11 New Document tips; new Quizzler; Obscurity of the Week: Easing Path

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  • New Year's list of 11 (as in 2011) recommended New Document steps, including:
    • Checking Presets and Defaults
    • Head starts with styles
    • Master pages, layers, and workspaces
  • A new Quizzler!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Easing Path
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News and special offers from our sponsors: >> In-Tools creates InDesign plug-ins mainly for people doing multi-lingual or long document publishing, but many of their products are useful for anyone. In his free time, company owner Harbs is constantly churning out useful and often free scripts, such as the Preference Manager we talked about in this episode. >> Rorohiko has a number of cool plug-ins for InDesign users that slash the amount of time it takes to get something done. For instance, have you ever wished you could add a vertical bar next to a paragraph and have it flow with the text, even if the paragraph breaks between columns or pages? Rorohiko's new BarredText plug-in ($19US) can do that for you, whether you use CS3, CS4, or CS5. A free trial is available, and when you decide to purchase it, be sure to use the discount code INDESIGNSECRETS141 for a significant discount.
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, Jan. 28 , 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 a subsequent podcast—good luck!

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Links mentioned in this podcast:
> Post about Print vs. Web intent in InDesign CS5
> All about Color Settings in InDesign (David's masterpiece article of 2010!)
> You've registered for our 2011 Print & ePublishing Conference, haven't you?
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-141.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:30pm EST