Wednesday, 19 June 2013

InDesign CC (part 2)

OK, I have no idea how I missed this yesterday but there is a fairly obvious addition in InDesign CC that completely passed me by! The New Document dialogue panel now has a little Preview check box. You enable it and get to see a preview (obviously) of the new document you are creating before hitting OK. Simple but a great new feature!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

InDesign CC

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Well, even though I didn't finish my thoughts on all the new features that came with CS6, InDesign CC is now upon us and I have journeyed into the cloud. These are my initial reactions to all things CC after literally just installing it!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

New Features in CS6:Align to Key Object

Like a phoenix my (somewhat) regular series arises from the blogger ashes. Although not here. Its over at the excellent InDesign Secrets. So go there and fill your brain with my Align to Key Object post, one of the tiniest and most awesome new features in CS6.

Align To Key Object

Obviously as CS6 will be a year old in a few months, NEW doesn't have quite the same ring to it anymore  But I am sticking with it regardless.

Monday, 14 January 2013

(Automatic) leading you astray

It’s been a long timeI have been quite busy! Things to do, kids to raise, games to play. I have also spent some time brushing up on a few areas of InDesign and passing my CS6 ACE recertification. First and foremost I highly recommend this book if you are interested in scripting. It is a brilliant introduction to Javascript within InDesign and will have you coding very useful things in no time at all. Secondly, the previous long form posts require a fair bit of work and commitment. I will try to keep them coming, just not quite so often. With that said, this did start off as a quick paragraph about Auto Leading

Thursday, 31 May 2012

New bits in CS6 part four: Primary Text Frames

As mentioned previously, the Master Text Frame check box in the new document dialogue window has been renamed. Its now called Primary Text Frame. Is it just a name change? How does it differ? What does it do? All these questions and no more will be answered in this quick look at this new CS6 feature.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

New bits in CS6 part three: Liquid layouts

Liquid Layouts and Alternate Layouts are two sides of the same double sided print. As mentioned previously you use the Liquid Layout Rules when creating Alternate Layouts. These govern how objects on a page will react as you apply new page sizes. The main difference with Liquid Layouts is that you can perform these on the fly using the improved Page Tool. The options available are essentially the same so it should be a doddle!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Say it with styles part one: Character Styles

There are a few things that can highlight the difference between a novice InDesign user and a experienced one. Near the top, if not the very top, of my personal list is the understanding and proper use of Styles. Once you know a bit about Styles and all they entail your workflows will have the opportunity to be greatly enhanced. Then when you start using Next, Nested and GREP Styles you will wonder why, or even how, you ever worked without them. But before all of that we need to begin at the beginning.