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

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>> Noble Desktop: For over 30 years, Noble Desktop’s project-based classes and certificate programs have given professionals the tools to pursue creative careers in design, coding, and beyond. Learn more about them on our Training Provider page or at

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>> Santa Cruz Software is the creator of BrandingUI, LinkrUI, and PrintUI: BrandingUI empowers your global team to customize materials at scale, all while staying brand compliant. More on LinkrUI:

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In this landmark 300th episode… 

  • News
  • Whoa! 300 episodes!
    • A look back at 17 years of the InDesign Secrets podcast
    • Snippets from the first episode, Nov. 29, 2005
    • Audio snippets from friends and colleagues with limericks, favorite features, memories, and more
  • The FIRST Obscure InDesign Feature: Friendly Alien (A young David explains this in the first episode)

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In this episode…

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>Microsoft and AdobeBoth of these fine companies are CreativePro partners and will be represented at CreativePro Week 2022. Adobe is flying in a group of Adobe CC engineers from India, and MS Office product manager Stephanie Horn is doing a session on using video in Powerpoint. 

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>> Cacidi Systems, developers of awesome charts and barcode creation tools for InDesign. See their 15-minute session from CreativePro Week 2020 here. Cacidi just released a huge update to Cacidi Charts, which create many types of vector charts, easy to “convert” to InDesign for ultimate creative freedom. They offer a free 30-day trial version, and right now only for CreativeProWeek attendees 50% of the price, for a very, very limited time! Discount code: CREAPRO2020 (see

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In this episode:

  • News:
  • How can you measure how well you or others know InDesign?
  • Obscure Feature of the Week: Shadow Honors Other Efects

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The InDesign Conference If you use Adobe InDesign, mark off June 10–13, 2019 in Seattle, WA, for the InDesign event of the year! Join InDesignSecrets hosts Anne-Marie Concepción and David Blatner, and dozens of top InDesign experts and members of the Adobe InDesign team, for over 30 sessions and four in-depth half-day tutorials. All registrations include session videos and in-depth speaker handouts. Invest in yourself, register today! Discounts available for groups, government, non-profits, schools, and alumni, contact us for details.

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>> 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.

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 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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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

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>> 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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InDesign CC ships; Upcoming appearances; All About Frames; Obscurity of the week: Link Images

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>> Rorohiko: Check out their newest plug-in, RepeatAfterMe (CS1 to CS6). It lets you make simple changes to a single object, and then repeat those changes for all similar objects throughout your entire document! You get to pick in which way the other objects must be similar from a dropdown list. It's like a combination of Illustrator's "Select Similar" and "Transform Again. RepeatAfterMe is $19.00 per seat, but you can use the coupon code: INDESIGNSECRETS195 to get 30% off.

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See the Show Notes for links mentioned in this episode. Special episode with Anne-Marie and co-host James Fritz!
  • News: Upcoming speaking gigs at Macworld, PEPCON, and Adobe MAX
  • Solving Paragraph Composer Annoyances
  • Fritz's UberCool Business Card Project with InDesign
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Protractor
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Layout Adjustment; Dear Santa; Quizzler Winners; New Quizzler; Obscurity of the Week: Load Conveyor


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  • Layout Adjustment: Where did it go?
  • Letter to Santa: Our InDesign Wishlist
  • Two Quizzler Winners from episode 184
  • New Quizzler! Hunt this one down
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Load Conveyor
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Find Color; Ridiculous Features; Obscurity of the Week: Save Query


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See the Show Notes for links mentioned in this episode. The transcript of this podcast will be posted soon.
  • Golden Oldie post: Find Where That Color's Used
  • Readers Nominate Most Ridiculous Features in InDesign
    • So many, so little time  (Story panel?)
    • How dare you call my fave feature ridiculous!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Save Query
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