by Barb Binder
We’ve come along way from the limited inline graphic controls of the PageMaker/early InDesign days. With the advent of anchored objects in InDesign, our positioning controls of images that need to travel with the text they modify have greatly increased. But so has the complication factor.
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By Dario Mendoza on VectorTuts+
Using InDesign’s Text Threading capabilities can save you time when you need to make changes to the content because when a text frame is filled up the content will move on to the next frame; this is particularly helpful when working with magazines or brochures layouts. Threading gives you the possibility to divide content into various text frames linked together and they will automatically format the text anytime you make changes either when you add more content, change the text size or modify the frame itself.
By Anne-Marie Concepcion in InDesignSecrets.com
What to do when you inherit a file from someone who used Character Styles instead of Paragraph Styles (of course, you would never make that mistake yourself, right?).
When I work with clients who are already using InDesign, and they send me one of their actual INDD files, the first thing I do after opening their document is open the Character Styles panel. At least 25% of the time, I find at least one—or to my dismay, many—character styles that should have been paragraph styles. Like this:
This is a made up example but it’s emblematic of the problem. The user created a character style called “Body-no indent” and is applying it by selecting all the body text and clicking on the character style name. Ditto for the green subhead, and other styles. Often, they also create paragraph styles of the same name, and apply both to the text. Just in case, you know?
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By Keith Gilbert in IndesignSecrets.com
The new Span Columns feature of InDesign CS5 provides a really quick and simple way to create a headline that straddles multiple columns. But what if you use an older version of InDesign?
Most users just select the headline. cut it out of the text frame, and paste it into a separate text frame above the text columns. The trouble with this is that the headline is then completely separate from the rest of the text. This comes back to haunt you later if you need to export the entire article to XML, HTML, or text format, or if you want File > Select All to select the entire story. It’s a much better practice to make the head a part of the text flow of the story. This is really easy to do, and is no more work than the cut and paste method. Here’s how:
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