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

In this episode:

  • News: Registration opens for The InDesign Conference, Free InDesign template of the month
  • Getting HTML 5 out of InDesign: Why and How?
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Missing Glyph Protection



News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Rorohiko: Check out Rorohiko's upcoming "Crawler," a new InDesign plug-in that will let you export a layout's content to HTML, ePub, Fixed Layout, and even Markdown (like the "RTF" of HTML). Its Fixed Layout output will have an option to export "Clean CSS" and "Clean HTML" making the files much easier to edit than the ones InDesign creates. Go to the Crawler page to learn more, and click the link there to contact Kris at Rorohiko with your questions about it. Or if you're in the mood for something that you can download and use today to make your InDesign-ing easier (like Sodoku Generator and Text Exporter, mentioned in the podcast), visit the main Rorohiko.com site and just click on the Products List button. Whoa! So much too choose from, and many of them free!


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Officer Glyph (the Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week) is on the case:

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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-212.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:02 PM

In this episode:

  • News: PePcon 2015 announced, Adobe releases CC 2014, InDesign Conference, new Lynda.com videos
  • PePcon 2014 highlights and our favorite sessions and new tips
  • New features in InDesign CC 2014
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Ink Alias


News and special offers from our sponsors: >> Managing Editor (MEI): Their new service TruEdit is a turnkey solution that integrates with InDesign and DPS, allowing your teams to collaboratively create, manage and deliver digital content -- regardless of whether contributors are remote or working within InDesign. Learn more about TruEdit here.
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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-211.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:59 PM

In this episode:

  • News: InDesign Conference 2014, CC update, Mike Rankin new EIC of InDesignSecrets.com
  • A few great third-party companies you should know about
  • The State of the Flattening Universe: Still need to flatten transparency when exporting to PDF for press?
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: False Italic

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> eDocker: With eDocker CREATE! it's very easy to build interactive publications directly from Adobe InDesign to be published as standalone HTML5 web-app or eDocker PUBLISH! publication. With eDocker PUBLISH! service anyone can easily share eDocker CREATE! files or plain PDF to all computer and iPad users, publications can be free/public, paid/subscribed or private. Special offer for InDesignSecrets podcast listeners saves hundreds of dollars off either or both services, check it out!
>> Recosoft makes the amazing PDF2ID, PDF-to-InDesign conversion tool for InDesign CS4 through CC (Creative Cloud). Recosoft also just released ID2Office v2.0 which converts InDesign files to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote format. ID2Office v2.0 now adds support for InDesign CC and converts InDesign nested tables into Word nested tables and Apple Keynote format. ID Secrets Users get 15% off PDF2ID v3.5 or ID2Office Standard v2.0 with coupon code ID_Secrets, offer good until June 30, 2014.  


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-210.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:50 PM

In this episode:

  • AM's field report from the Edward Tufte one-day course
  • Huge InDesign Magazine issue coming up, all about Adobe DPS
  • Interview with Ben Schott, author of Miscellany and Schottenfreude
  • Hidden uses for Live Preflight
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Entry End

 


News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference is the place to be to learn more about using Adobe InDesign for print, PDF, epub, and tablet publication projects. Come to Chicago June 15–18 and join us and hundreds of your hard-working colleagues from around the world, from all sorts of companies and universities, all there for the same purpose: to learn, to share, and be inspired. Special for InDesignSecrets podcast listeners: Use the coupon code CH73G to receive $50 off your PePcon registration!
>> The long-running InDesign Conference is now part of the InDesignSecrets family, and plans are in the works for the next event. We'll make an announcement in the upcoming few months. Keep an eye on the blog and in your email's inbox!
 

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Here are some of examples of Ben Schott's writing and artwork (click each thumbnail to enlarge): fd-new-cover schott-sign-dining-custom3 Schottenfreude_P11 Schottenfreude_P21 sgi-new-cover  som-new-cover sqm-new-cover
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-209.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:53 AM

EpubSecrets.com, InCopySecrets.com, Spring-loaded shortcuts, Chad Chelius interview, Obscurity of the Week: Indic Script Preferences

In this episode:

  • News from the land of InDesign
  • Spring-loaded shortcuts
    • When they save time and not
    • Other obscure "dynamic" shortcuts
  • Interview with Chad Chelius, new Editor-in-Chief of InCopySecrets.com
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Indic Preferences Script

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> InfoLogic's MathMagic Pro lets you quickly insert mathematical equations and scientific symbols into your InDesign document. It anchors an EPS of the equation at the text insertion point, automatically aligning the baseline of the equation to the text baseline, and can accept incoming equations from Word's Equation Editor, MathML, MathType, or LaTeX. Just double-click the anchored EPS to edit! Available for InDesign CS3 to CC, Mac or Windows. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Follow the instructions on this page to receive a free two-month subscription to MathMagic Pro ($100 value). Offer expires March 31, 2014!
>> Recosoft makes the amazing PDF2ID, PDF-to-InDesign conversion tool for InDesign CS4 through CC (Creative Cloud). They also just released ID2Office v2.0 which adds support for InDesign CC and converts InDesign files to Word, PowerPoint and (new!) Keynote format. Special offer just for InDesignSecrets listeners, through April 15 2014, get 15% discount off PDF2ID v3.5 or ID2Office v2.0 with code ID_Secrets


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-208.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:05 PM

InDesign Magazine; PePcon 2014; Typekit; Hyperlinks; Workspaces; OFOTW: Clear All

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News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> InfoLogic's MathMagic Pro lets you quickly insert mathematical equations and scientific symbols into your InDesign document. It anchors an EPS of the equation at the text insertion point, automatically aligning the baseline of the equation to the text baseline, and can accept incoming equations from Word's Equation Editor, MathML, MathType, or LaTeX. Just double-click the anchored EPS to edit! Available for InDesign CS3 to CC, Mac or Windows. Special for InDesignSecrets listeners: Follow the instructions on this page to receive a free two-month subscription to MathMagic Pro ($100 value). Offer expires March 31, 2014!
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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-207.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:03 PM

In this Very Special New Year's episode:

  • News: PePcon speakers and sessions posted, Anne-Marie at ADIM14, new lynda.com InDesign CC to EPUB title released
  • All about the latest InDesign CC update (9.2)
    • Easier and more stable Hyperlinks
    • Typekit integration
    • EPUB improvements and new features
  • 3 New Things we each want to learn in 2014
    • Anne-Marie: Cloud publishing, In5 plug-in, and Editorial/Design workflow platforms
    • David: Web apps from InDesign, Phone Gap and Baker Framework, and the violin!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Autogrow

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, EPUB, and Adobe DPS training. They have just been awarded the CompTIA Trustmark award in the UK, which affords them recognition as a modern I.T. training company with standards. Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol. Get booked today onto a Certitec course and experience the latest and greatest software experience from Adobe! Follow them on Twitter at @Certitec and keep up with their Facebook page. If you sign up for a seminar or class and mention you heard about them on InDesignSecrets, you get 20% off the fee!

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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-206.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:46 PM

In this episode:

  • News: InDesign Conference; PePcon; Lynda Weinman creative keynote!
  • Neglected Panels (some you may not even know about)
    • Worth a(nother) look: Info, Tool Hints, Kuler, Background Tasks, Story, Attributes
    • Forgettable for most users: Trap Presets, Timing (until HTML 5 export!), Script Label, Tags, Transform (redundant!), Flattener Preview
    • Wait-and-see: Adobe Exchange
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Consolidate All to Here

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Em Software is the developer of DocsFlow Pro (among other cool InDesign plug-ins) that allows you to do real-time collaboration with off-site editors using Google Docs. Place early-draft stories or spreadsheets from Google Docs into your layout, map its styles to your InDesign styles and start your production work while your authors and editors continue working on the original documents. Merge their updated work at any time into your InDesign layouts with a single command, without losing anything, and with InDesign notes left at any points of conflicts. Special offer just for InDesignSecrets listeners: Pro 2.0 is 25% off in the EmSoftware.com store (for new licenses only) using the code DFP1213 until the end of December 2013!
>> Recosoft: Open and convert PDF and Windows XPS documents directly in Adobe InDesign CC right from InDesign's File menu with their latest version (4.0) of PDF2ID, the amazing InDesign plug-in. Earlier 3.5 version still available for InDesign versions CS4 to CS6. Be sure to check out their other amazing plug-in for InDesign users, ID2Office: export your InDesign files to Word or Powerpoint! Special offer just for InDesignSecrets listeners, through January 2014, get 25% discount off PDF2ID v3.5 or ID2Office v1.5 with code ID_Secrets


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-205.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:30 PM

CreativePro.com reader survey; Getting started with InCopy; Obscurity of the Week: Apply Gamma Correction

In this episode:

  • News: CreativePro.com survey
  • Getting Started with InCopy
    • Cost (comes with Creative Cloud!)
    • Basic setup for small and large groups, local and remote
    • Using its unique features for InDesign purposes
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Apply Gamma Correction

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Lynda.com  is the nation's premiere provider of online instruction for creatives in the design, photography, and publishing fields. Check out David's latest title: Insider InDesign Training: Interactive PDFs, and Anne-Marie's Using Word and InDesign Together. They also have an ongoing series of free and subscriber-only videos called InDesign Secrets. Check out all the InDesign videos at lynda.com!

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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-204.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:25 PM

The transcript of this podcast will be posted soon.

In this episode:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud — 6 Months Later
    • Working? Broken? Anne-Marie and David argue it out
    • Reports from the field
    • Some options that could help those who are stuck
    • Issues specific to InDesign users and developers as opposed to other Adobe apps
    • Open source and other page layout competition
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Adobe Product Improvement Program

News and special offers from our sponsors:

>> Rorohiko has this neat add-on called Frame Reporter. It adds a little label next to any page object which you can configure to show whatever information you need to see without having to dig through panels: Effective resolution, Name and/or path of the placed image, so many more, and now, stacking order, crucial to creating accessible PDFs. They've written up a detailed explanation of all the options and how their customers have used FrameReporter to streamline their work.  Normally $39.00 US, you can get it for 30% off if you enter the coupon code INDESIGNSECRETS203 upon purchase.

>> Recosoft: Open and convert PDF and Windows XPS documents directly in Adobe InDesign CC right from InDesign's File menu with their latest version (4.0) of PDF2ID, the amazing InDesign plug-in. Earlier 3.5 version still available for InDesign versions CS4 to CS6. Be sure to check out their other amazing plug-in for InDesign users, ID2Office: export your InDesign files to Word or Powerpoint! Special offer just for InDesignSecrets listeners, until Nov. 30, get 25% discount off PDF2ID v3.5 or ID2Office v1.5 with code ID_Secrets


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Direct download: InDesignSecrets-203.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:08 PM