Archive for March, 2009

Endnotes in InDesign CS4/CS5

Whenever people ask if they can create endnotes in InDesign, I have to explain the same sad story. No, InDesign has footnotes not endnotes, but you can download a plug-in . . . Now, thanks to Peter Gold’s comment in the InDesign user forum, I have a much better answer. While InDesign still doesn’t have an Endnotes feature, it’s easy to create endnotes in InDesign CS4 or CS5 by using cross-references.

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Video tutorials, esercitazioni, tutoriales, didacticiels, Lehrgänge, チュートリアル

Adobe and its partners provide a basic set of video tutorials on the Adobe website, in addition to excellent tutorials provided by other members of the community. Many sections of InDesign Help refer to additional video tutorials in context to provide information about specific features. If you know of an excellent video tutorial or other resource about InDesign, please leave a comment at the bottom of the relevant page of InDesign Help on the Web to tell others about it.

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Help Update – New Topics

Here’s another housecleaning entry that helps Google recognize a few new topics in Help.

Creating PDF forms – This topic includes the bare steps for designing forms in InDesign that can be converted into electronic PDF forms in Acrobat. In a few weeks, after Gabriel Powell finishes his video on this subject, I’ll have more to say about this subject.

Running sample scripts – This new topic provides a brief description of all the sample scripts that ship with InDesign CS4. Some of these scripts may help you in your everyday tasks.

I also noticed that the Check spelling topic needs to be promoted in search results. It’s a better starting point than that other topic, which I won’t mention because Google is watching.

I edited the Create contact sheets topic to clarify the fact that you need to release the buttons before using the arrow keys to change the number of rows and columns. But I forgot to mention that you can press Shift with the arrow keys to change the space between the images being placed. That little nugget will have to wait until Help is updated again in a couple of weeks.

Finally, I added tips to and clarified several topics based on comments I received. Again, if you have a suggestion for improving a Help topic, please leave a comment.

Exporting Interactive Documents to SWF (CS4)

One of the big new features in InDesign CS4 is the ability to export InDesign documents to SWF format. When played in Adobe Flash Player or a web browser, SWF files look like slideshows, or flip books. SWF files are similar to interactive PDF files that include hyperlinks, page transitions, and navigation buttons. One difference is that SWF files include the whiz-bang page curl feature.


Tomasz Kuczborski created this sample SWF flip book. You can open it and play with the page curl feature. Just drag any corner of the page to turn it. Check it out:

Click here to view the sample file. You can also right-click the link and choose to download it.

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Bookmarks and Text Anchors

When the InDesign programmers revamped the interactivity features in CS4 to include cross-references, they made a subtle change that requires every bookmark to have a text anchor attribute. This change has caused some confusion in at least two areas — linking buttons to pages, and automatically generating bookmarks for a PDF document. Here are the problems and workarounds in both instances.

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Updated InDesign QuarkXPress Conversion Guide

The Adobe InDesign CS4 Conversion Guide is now available. It includes chapters on the “Top 10 Differences You Need to Understand,” the “Top 25 Shortcuts You Should Know,” and more handy reference material.

For additional QuarkXPress resources, see the Help topic on opening QuarkXPress documents in InDesign.

InDesign Error Messages

I added a couple of new topics to InDesign Help.

What to do if InDesign freezes

Common InDesign error messages

At Adobe, I’m responsible for documenting features in various products. Other people at Adobe write tech notes for error messages and installation problems. However, I’ve noticed that several people search Help to find installation and error message solutions.

So I thought I might help those people by directing them to the appropriate tech note that addresses the issue.

If you’re aware of an error message that’s not in that topic and should be, please leave a comment either here or in the error messages topic. I’ll add the error message to the list and link to the relevant tech note. And if no tech note exists for the error, I’ll contact Matt to see if he can create one.

Saving Backwards from InDesign CS4 to CS2

Being able to save backwards multiple versions has been an ongoing frustration for some InDesign users, especially those who don’t upgrade with each version. The process for opening a CS4 document in CS3 is fairly straightforward. Export the CS4 document to INX format, and then open the INX file in the updated version of InDesign CS3.

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