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

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


Links mentioned in this podcast:
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!
Links mentioned in this podcast:
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!

Links mentioned in this podcast:
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


Links mentioned in this podcast:
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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!

Links mentioned in this podcast:
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


Links mentioned in this podcast:
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-203.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:08 PM

Call for speakers; TypeKit; Text Wrap Rap; Obscurity of the Week: Largest Area

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  • A little bit of news:
  • Text Wrap Rap
    • Confusing bits clarified
    • Little-known tips and tricks
    • What are all those contour options?
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Largest Area

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> Em Software is the developer of DocsFlow and WordsFlow, two "time machine" plug-ins for your production workflow. Place early-draft stories or spreadsheets from Google Docs with DocsFlow, or Word/Excel documents with WordsFlow, 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: DocsFlow Pro 2.0 is 25% off in the EmSoftware.com store until the end of October 2013! Grab it now.
>> Certitec, an Adobe Authorized Training Centre in the UK, is a premiere provider of Adobe InDesign, EPUB, and Adobe DPS training. They are officially in the Cloud! (Creative Cloud that is.) 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!

Links mentioned in this podcast:
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-202.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:27 PM

PePcon.com is live; Word to InDesign Nightmares and Fixes; Obscurity of the Week: InDesign 2.0 Compatibility

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  • A little bit of news:
  • 5 Word-to-InDesign "Nightmares" and how to solve them!
    • Formatting, links, pictures, styles, oy!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: InDesign 2.0 Compatibility

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>>  Rorohiko brings the illusion of multiple strokes and fills to InDesign frames with its Magneto Paths plug-in for InDesign! Only $19.00, or try a fully-functional (time limited) demo. Illustrator's Attributes panel ... we're coming for ya!

Links mentioned in this podcast:
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-201.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:48 PM

200th episode spectacular extravaganza; Memories, time travel, and outtakes; Obscurity of the Week: Credits

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  • Our 200th episode! (and our 25th year (each) in the field)
  • Milestone memories from David and Anne-Marie
  • Time traveling through the podcast episodes
  • Podcast outtakes!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Credits

News and special offers from our sponsors:
>> 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 Sept 30, get 25% discount off PDF2ID v3.5 or ID2Office v1.5 with code ID_Secrets

Links mentioned in this podcast:
We used to be in the credits! creditsCS6
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-200.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:57 PM

News; Five Gotchas and their fixes; Obscurity of the Week: Comb

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The transcript of this podcast will be posted soon.

  • News
  • Five Common (and easily-fixed) InDesign Gotchas!
    • Jumping text, disappearing guides, copy/paste between versions, and more
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Comb

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. Certitec hold classes in Cardiff, London, or Bristol.Their "Uncovered Series" seminars cover the cutting-edge technologies in Adobe's latest products — view them all at seminars.certitec.com. If you sign up for a seminar or class and mention you heard about them on InDesignSecrets, you get 20% off the fee!
>>  Rorohiko has two things they want InDesignSecrets podcast listeners to know about. First, they have a 20% discount off their QR plug-in for InDesign CS5 and later, "Tada QR!" (which Sandee and David talked about in the last podcast episode, and you can watch Rorohiko's video on it here). Enter the code INDESIGNSECRETS199 at the Rorohiko store and get the Tada QR! plug-in for $12.00 instead of $15.00. Second, they're in early beta for a new plug-in that adds an Actions panel to InDesign, similar to the ones in Photoshop and Illustrator. Record a series of actions and then play them back on another selection or page ... very cool. If you want to beta test ActionRecorder, click the link and read the instructions. (Here's a video on how it works!)

Links mentioned in this podcast:
Direct download: InDesignSecrets-199.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:08 PM