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

A very special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at The InDesign Conference 2016! Scroll down to see a couple pictures.

In this episode:

  • News and Updates:
    • Quick history lesson about our podcast
    • InDesign CC 2017 released last week
    • Fun times at AdobeMAX!
    • InDesign Magazine Nov. 2016 is magical (literally) and comes with videos!
    • Registration open for the 2017 InDesign Conference, May 22-25, part of CreativePro Week
  • Interview with Mohammed Javed Ali, InDesign product manager
  • Our top 10 OIFOTW's (Obscure InDesign Features) from episodes 3 to 237
  • And this episode's Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Alpha Channel

News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Teacup Software is a consulting firm and a vendor of simple, elegant, and unobtrusive plug-ins for InDesign, including BarCodeMaker, PatternMaker (developed with our own David Blatner), and DataLinker, for linking to databases. They've recently updated their plugins to support InDesign CC 2017, too. Support your local InDesign developer!


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Here are a couple pictures from The InDesign Conference 2016:

Anne-Marie and David welcoming the crowd to The InDesign Conference 2016
Anne-Marie and David welcoming the crowd to The InDesign Conference 2016
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Anurag Wahi and Javed Ali, InDesign product managers/engineers, answering questions during the Ask Adobe Anything session
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-238.mp3
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News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Animate (née Flash) and Adobe AEM training, as well as many other software programs. Their students are achieving a 98% pass rate on all Adobe Certified Associate exams, so you know the instructors are the best! Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol. Follow them on Twitter at @Certitec and keep up with their Facebook page. Enjoy a 20% discount on any class in London or Cardiff you mention InDesignSecrets while booking the class (on the phone or at their site).


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-237.mp3
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In this episode:

  • Latest news:
  • We each describe 3 of our favorite free InDesign scripts
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Satin
  • The QUIZZLER answer and winner! She had a 1 out of 1 chance of winning ;-)

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Animate (née Flash) and Adobe AEM training, as well as many other software programs. Their students are achieving a 98% pass rate on all Adobe Certified Associate exams, so you know the instructors are the best! Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol. Follow them on Twitter at @Certitec and keep up with their Facebook page. Enjoy a 20% discount on any class in London or Cardiff you mention InDesignSecrets while booking the class (on the phone or at their site).


QUIZZLER ANSWER and WINNER:
In podcast 235, we asked listeners to email us locations in InDesign where the command "Place" appears, other than File > Place. We were looking for Library panel menu, right-click menu on images in CC Library, and the obscure button lower right on the Media panel, Place Video or Audio file. Only one person submitted an answer, and none of these were included in her email. But she wins an InDesignSecrets Keyboard Shortcut poster anyway! 
 

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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-236.mp3
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News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Teacup Software is a consulting firm and a vendor of simple, elegant, and unobtrusive plug-ins for InDesign, including BarCodeMaker, PatternMaker (developed with our own David Blatner), and DataLinker, for linking to databases. Teacup moved to a subscription-based pricing model earlier this year. You can take 15% off the first year of any subscription when you enter the code IDSECRETS15. Hurry, this offer will end in a few weeks.


QUIZZLER:
Listen to the podcast for the Quizzler, a simple question about InDesign that you can answer with a little searching. When you find the answer, email it to us at info at indesignsecrets.com with QUIZZLER in the Subject line (not in a comment here!). We'll choose a winner from all the correct answers we've received by SEPTEMBER 20. Winner will be notified by email and announced in the next podcast, and we'll send the prize to them too!
 

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The mysterious Zoom Setting:

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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-235.mp3
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In this episode:

  • Latest news:
  • PePcon Recap! And we each share one tip we learned at the show
  • A number of tips to know about (Auto-) Numbered Lists
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Dimensions Include Stroke Weight

News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Animate (née Flash) and Adobe AEM training, as well as many other software programs. Two of their trainers have been voted in as the top 10 trainers in the world!  Marek Mularcyk and Martin Prehiniak have achieved this over the last 12 months and accredited by Metrics that Matter. Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol. Enjoy a 20% discount on any class in London or Cardiff when you mention InDesignSecrets while booking the class (on the phone or at their site).


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-234.mp3
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News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Animate (née Flash) and Adobe AEM training, as well as many other software programs. Their students are achieving a 98% pass rate on all Adobe Certified Associate exams, so you know the instructors are the best! Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol. Follow them on Twitter at @Certitec and keep up with their Facebook page. Enjoy a 20% discount on any class in London or Cardiff you mention InDesignSecrets while booking the class (on the phone or at their site).

 


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-233.mp3
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News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Animate (née Flash) and Adobe AEM training, as well as many other software programs. Their students are achieving a 98% pass rate on all Adobe Certified Associate exams, so you know the instructors are the best! Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol. Follow them on Twitter at @Certitec and keep up with their Facebook page. Enjoy a 20% discount on any class in London or Cardiff you mention InDesignSecrets while booking the class (on the phone or at their site).


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-232.mp3
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In this episode:

  • Latest news:
  • Interview with Daniel Dejan of Sappi Paper
  • Using One-Hit-Wonders: Single Attribute Live Preflight Profiles
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Limit Number of Rows Per Error

News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> PePcon (the Print + ePublishing Conference) is for anyone who's on the front lines of creating publications and wants to peek over their own cubicle to see how others are tackling the same challenges. In the two-day multitrack event (plus pre- and post-conference workshop days) we dive into the "how-to" and "why" of print and digital publishing in a broad and deep way, covering InDesign, HTML5, PDF, print production, iBooks Author, mobile app development, CMS's, Editorial workflows, EPUBs, Kindle publishing, and more. Each speaker provides a detailed PDF handout, and typically the final compiled Speaker Handout distributed to attendees is over 400 pages long(!). The seventh annual PePcon is in San Diego, June 5–8, 2016. Register and reserve your spot today! 


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Screenshots:

Choose Define Profiles from the Preflight panel menu to manage and edit Preflight Profiles. The "OHW" ones on the left are different "One Hit Wonder" profiles (as discussed in the podcast), like the active one, OHW - Interactive, that flags any interactive elements.

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Choose which Preflight Profile you want Live Preflight to check against on the fly from the pop-up menu, found to the left of the Live Preflight reporting section (red dot or green dot) at the bottom of the window:
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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-231.mp3
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In this episode:

  • Latest news:
  • Interview with Bart Van de Weile
  • A Shaded Paragraph Conundrum!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: [[:xdigit:]]
     

News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Rorohiko is a fine purveyor of many InDesign scripts and plug-ins. One of our favorites is TextExporter, a utility that comes in so handy, so often, that you forget it's not part of InDesign itself! Use TextExporter for those times when you need to extract all the text from a layout and put it into a single external text file, as plain text or formatted (RTF). Free 20-day trial, and when you realize how essential it is, you'll be happy to see the affordable, flexible pricing for single users and groups.

 


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-230.mp3
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News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Rorohiko, owned by InDesign developer extraordinaire Kris Coppieters, is not just about plug-ins or scripts. They also provide expertise as scripters, software developers and consultants when it comes to automating part of a graphics workflow. Rorohiko's motto is 'Slash the time it takes' and that also applies to their 'Expertise on call' service. They have been instrumental in finding a simple, efficient solution to many of their customer's problems. Call on Kris and Rorohiko (or email dev@rorohiko.com) for help with publishing systems design, implementation, tech support, and debugging. They know their stuff!


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-229.mp3
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