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

News; Non-breaking vs. No Break; Quick Apply menu commands; Obscurity of the Week: Ignore Ruler Guide Alignments


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(14.4 MB, 30:14 minutes)
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  • Lots 'o News (conferences, plug-ins, poster, more)
  • Non-breaking space vs. the No Break character formatting attribute
  • New in CS3: Using Quick Apply to apply menu commands, tips and glitches
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Ignore Ruler Guide Alignments

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Upcoming InDesign Conferences, Creative Suite Conference
Seattle's Refine Design Conference
InDesign CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts poster
DTP Tools Xref plug-in public beta (Mac/Windows, CS2/CS3)
InDesign Magazine (info on special subscription offer)
TheInDesigner videocast about Insert White Space in CS2

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Recorded live at the ID Conference! Intro; News; Audience Q&A; Live Quizzler; Obscurity of the Week: Convert Text


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Recorded live at the 2007 InDesign Conference in New York City!

  • Intro to the podcast, how it's usually created (when not in front of a live audience)
  • News: This conference, New plug-ins for CS3, New InDesign user group in London, UK
  • Who in the audience travelled the furthest to the conference?
  • Q&A from the audience: Converting CS3 to CS2 and CS2 to CS1, Editing .inx files
  • Live Quizzler: How many ways can you duplicate an object in InDesign? (answers below)
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Convert to Text

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Audacity open-source audio recording software
Teacup Software (PatternMaker and BarcodeMaker plug-ins)
Typefi (free AutoFit plug-in)
London InDesign User Group
Brazilian InDesign Blog
PitStop Professional from Enfocus Software
Adding the Notes plug-ins to InDesign CS2

Quizzler answers!
From our genius studio audience:
Cut/copy paste, Step and repeat, Alt/Option-drag, Cut/copy Paste in place, Cut/copy Paste into, Duplicate, Transform > Move (with Copy button), Duplicate a layer containing the object, Alt/Option-drag the object's layer proxy to a new layer, Export snippet and place it back in, Drag it into a Library and drag it back onto the layout, Use it in PatternMaker, Duplicate the page or spread containing the object, Use it on a Master page and then override it on the document page, Option/Alt-arrow key.
From David: File > Export to .inx then copy and paste the call to the object elsewhere in the .inx file, save it and then open it in InDesign.
From Anne-Marie: Paste object into first row of table, convert row to a Header row, then continue table into a new frame and the object gets duplicated in the second frame's Header row.
Two more from David: Hold down the Option/Alt key when pressing Return/Enter after editing any transform field; or Copy object to clipboard, then use Find/Change text (Find: any character or string, Change: Clipboard contents).

Wow! Who knew there were so many ways? Listen to the podcast to learn who won the contest.

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