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The Holy Grail Has Been Found – Create Forms Fields in InDesign

By James Fritz on

Your prayers have been answered…

Sort of.

Begin by designing your form as normal inside InDesign. When you are ready to create the form fields, I recommend that you create a layer for the form buttons.

Next, draw empty frames (no formatting) wherever you would like text fields to be in your layout. After creating all of your text fields, convert each of them into a button. It is not necessary to give them any attributes like actions or appearances.

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Mastering Live Captions « IndiTip [InDesign® Tips&Tricks]

By Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)on IndiTips

Live Captions were introduced in InDesign CS5 and functionality is the same in CS5.5 as well. Live Captions are very powerful when it comes to pulling metadata out of the image and displaying them on the page. But, why are they called “Live”? Because they are! They are like regular text variables, but they are “trained” to pull out metadata out of images and they change when you swap images. I will not go in details here how to create Live Captions, (click here to learn more about Live Captions) instead, I would like to show you how to work faster and to be more efficient by storing and reusing your Live Captions setups! So, let’s get started!

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Get More InDesign & Document Info

There is good and simple way to check history of your document, last version of InDesign used while saving file, but also version used to create file for the first time. Also, you can find a little bit more about your application like for example number of plugins installed, versions of some core components and other. But, that’s not something you will need very often.

Then, what’s so great about this? Great thing is that you can see plug-ins used in document and also missing ones! Another thing you can find out is which system (PC or Mac) was used to save the file and how many times file was saved! (this is not true for documents loaded in newer version of InDesign) So, where we can find that info?

It’s really easy. Simply go to Help menu and Ctrl (PC) / Command (Mac) + Click on About InDesign… menu item and info dialog will show up immediately.

This is a really good way to check your document if something goes wrong.

That’s it! :)

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Temporary Sort Menus Alphabetically

What?! :D Yes, it’s possible, and it’s really useful!

I’m sure you already had that situation, when searching for something in menus, you knew where it was, but can’t find it! :D There is one awesome little feature (undocumented one) that allows you to display menus without separators and sorted alphabetically. This feature is available for a long time, starting with InDesign CS.

As you probably already saw on picture, it’s really easy to access this feature. All you have to do is to hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift (PC) / Option+Command+Shift (Mac) and click on menu. The menu will open, but it will be sorted alphabetically and without separators, like one big list :D This also works for panel menus and drop-down menus from Control Palette.

Cool, right? :D

Have fun!

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Master Live Corners

Custom shaped corners are available from very first versions of InDesign, but, they were never really improved them till CS5. Now, we can set different diameters and shapes, and for me personally, biggest improvement is ability to modify them Live, without need to go to dialog box!

This cool new feature is called Live Corners, and I think, that was first think I noticed when opened freshly installed CS5 and created text frame. Live Corners feature is represented by yellow box on rectangular objects. Simply by clicking on that little yellow box you enter Live Corner editing mode, which will be represented by little rotated yellow box on every corner. Also, there is cool little Tip (shortcut) that will toggle Live Corner editing mode and that is key 4 (four) (not from numeric-keypad) (this is undocumented feature, but you can find it in keyboard shortcuts under “Object Editing -> Toggle Live Edit Mode”). But, there is so many more that we can do! Let’s take a look! :)

So, let’s say we have active Live Corner editing mode, and here is the list of all possible actions:

Action Effect
Click + Drag Change dimension of all four corners at once
Alt (Opt) + Click Change shape of all four corners at once
Shift + Drag Change dimension of selected corner
Shift + Alt (Opt) + Click Change shape of selected corner
(at the end of post you can find screenshots with explanation)

Also, keep in mind that Corner Options are part of Object Styles, so don’t forget to Update/Redefine applied style!

And for the end, there is cool shortcut to Corner Options dialog box. Simply by Alt (Opt) + Click on Corner Option icon on Control Palette.
(See screenshot)

That’s it! Have fun! :D



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Rounding Numbered List Numbers

When creating numbered lists, sometimes we want to have rounded numbers with nice circle, maybe colored… But, how to achieve this effect? One of the ways is to find specific font, or maybe to anchor text frame with number. The most expected way would be to apply Character Style to Automatic Numbering and with help of Underline to achieve desired effect, BUT, it seems that InDesign has really bad BUG when it comes to underlining automatic numbering! Yes, you have read it correctly! There is NO way to underline Automatic Numbering! :( So, we need to find some workarounds…

As you can see from screenshot, I used Automatic Numbering, but, rounding is achieved with Paragraph Rules. It’s a bit tricky to get it to look right but when you do, it’s really great! In Character style you just set font color. First downside of this method is that Paragraph Rule is indented and when you change frame width rule will also change. Second downside is that rounding will not fit to bigger numbers, so you have to manually adjust them. But, if you have frames that are constant width, then you are good!

Another way of doing this is to do manual numbering, and apply customized underline. This is how it looks like:
You probably noticed spaces before and after numbers. You have to add them and apply Underline to them too. That’s because Underline doesn’t have option for indenting like Paragraph Rule does. Take a look at screenshot of Underline setup. There is a lot of fine-tuning, but the result is great!

Hopefully, Adobe will correct this BUG and it will work correctly in future versions of InDesign. If you want to report this BUG to Adobe, feel free to use this form: Adobe – Feature Request/Bug Report Form.

And for the end, here is Stroke style that I used in this example.


A day after the tip was posted I’ve got two emails from readers who gave suggestions how to avoid downside when doing rounding with Paragraph Rules. Thanks! It’s really easy and quick to do. Instead creating Stroke style as previously described, we just need to create single dot line as you can see on screenshot. Idea is to create Stroke style that has very big pattern length, but with very small length to get just single dot.

That’s it!

Have fun! :D

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Quickly Add/Remove Row(s)/Column(s) in Table

This is really nice and easy way to add/remove row(s)/column(s) in table. As you probably know, Alt (Opt) key is used to duplicate objects, so it can also be used within table. Simply grab row/column edge and add Alt (Opt) key while dragging. You will instantly see the result! It’s so cool! This also works if you want to add row(s)/column(s) in middle of the table. Notice that InDesign will use width/height of previous row/column while adding new one(s).

To remove row(s)/column(s) do the same, but you have to drag to opposite direction.

Be aware that InDesign will delete row(s)/column(s) all together with its contents!

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