Archive for August, 2009

Page Numbering Gallery

We recently did a usability study on page numbering in InDesign. Participants worked through a series of page numbering tasks that I asked them to perform. Although I made a few changes to a couple of Help topics, I kept thinking that what people really needed was pictures of page numbering effects and brief descriptions of how to create those effects. So that’s what I’m doing here. Perhaps later, I’ll clean up the pictures and add this to Help.

Simple page number

page number simple.jpg

Adding page numbering isn’t the most intuitive task in InDesign. You basically create a text frame on a master page and insert the Current Page Number marker (choose Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number). If your document has facing pages, remember to add page number markers to both master pages. See Add basic page numbering in Help.

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Twitter Bug

I haven’t blogged much in the last month or two, and I probably won’t be blogging much over the next several months. If someone asks me whether I’m busy working on the next version of InDesign, I would say, “That information is confidential.” By the way, InDesign CS5 has some cool new features. You know, in theory.

I am, however, tweeting on twitter. When I run across a good link or need to make a quick announcement, I’ll tweet about it. And then, at the end of the month, I’ll combine many of the tweets into a “Best Links” blog entry.

Here’s my twitter page:

(Yes, that is a picture of me from last year, about a week before I shaved my head.)