InDesign Secrets
InDesign Secrets
Blatner and Concepcion
The companion to the world's largest independent portal for all things InDesign, InDesignSecrets.com! Co-founders David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion discuss news, tips, and how-to's for Adobe InDesign, the layout program that is the standard for print, PDF, and digital publishing.
Ep. 316: Interview with Julie Shaffer
News InDesign 19.2 fixes some issues Discontinuation of Creative Cloud Synced files The InDesign + Long Documents Summit (use discount code CPSECRETS for $100 off!) CreativePro Week (use CPSECRETS for $100 off any multi-day pass) Julie Shaffer Shaffer Creative Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) program, from SMPS: https://www.smps.org/certification/ Interview with Julie Shaffer, Certified Marketing Pro Don’t Let Adobe InDesign/InCopy Notes Go Unnoticed Secrets of the Scripts Panel What Do the Default Sample Scripts Do in InDesign? Community Scripts for All Organizing Scripts into Folders Managing InDesign Scripts Easily manage dozens of scripts among multiple InDesign versions (from InDesign Tips for Design Geeks) Unicode Injector: such a cool script! Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Scripts Using Quick Apply to Run Scripts Obscure Feature of the Week: Wavy How to Fix the Fill on Items with Wavy Strokes InDesign How-to: Use Conditional Text More articles on Conditional Text
Feb 26
37 min
InDesignSecrets Podcast 315
In the news InDesign 19.1 (second attempt) released! Fingers crossed Upcoming online-only events:  The Presentation Design Conference, March 6-8 The InDesign + Long Documents Summit, April 5  CreativePro Week 2024, July 8–12, Washington, DC and online CreativePro Magazine February 2024 lead story: Presentation Design January 2024 lead story: AI in AI ;-)  Interview with Nolan Haims, presentation designer extraordinaire Secrets of the "Panel With The Longest Name" Obscure Feature of the Week: Apply to Parent Page Only Links mentioned in this podcast What's new in InDesign 19.1 BUT don't use ID 2024 (19.x) with Hebrew, Arabic, or RTL text (bug reports on facebook) and (bug reports in uservoice) Interview with Nolan Haims Nolan's Better Deck Deck (CreativePro members get 8 free!) Creating Paragraph Styles in PowerPoint Other great articles by Nolan The Presentation Podcast Speaking at The Presentation Design Conference EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel Using the EPUB Interactivity Preview Panel Faster Interactive Previews Saving Your Workspaces Join us for daily discussions and Q&A InDesignSecrets group on Facebook  InDesignSecrets group on LinkedIn 
Jan 31
41 min
InDesign Secrets Podcast 314
In the news InDesign 19.1 here and gone Upcoming CreativePro Online Events CreativePro Magazine December 2023: Charts and Graphs In honor of podcast 3.14, all about Pi fonts! Obscure Feature of the Week: Ruler on Spine Links mentioned in this podcast Don’t use ID 2024 (19.0) with Hebrew, Arabic, or RTL text (bug reports on facebook) and (bug reports in uservoice) InDesign on Sonoma (Mac) has UI flashing problems; waiting for Apple to update for fix (bug report in uservoice)Bugs: Colin's article about bar graphs: Making Variable Bar Graphs in InDesign with Data Merge All about Pi… Pies in Ace Hardware stores (and elsewhere): https://www.thepieco.com/map-locations David's book about pi: The Joy of Pi How to type pi: https://creativepro.com/6-ways-type-pi-symbol-indesign/ Pi fonts (symbols/dingbats) Some fonts have "pi" in their name (e.g. Universal News & Commercial Pi) https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/adobe-pi-std https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/interstate-pi Adobe Fonts ornaments tag Easy as Pi (Jim Felici) We Heart Dingbats (Pam Pfiffner) Transforming Pages (David was wrong… this can be done without scripting… but you shouldn't): https://creativepro.com/transforming-pages-in-cs5/
Dec 28, 2023
26 min
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In the news InDesign 2024 updated to 19.01 Register for the Design + AI Summit! CreativePro Magazine November 2023: Multilingual Design, Glyph panel in depth  Secrets of the Align Panel and its weirdo cousin, the Gap tool Obscure Feature of the Week: Auto Update URL Status Links mentioned in this podcast Great article about Glyphs panel: https://creativepro.com/digging-into-the-glyphs-panel/ Align Panel Tutorials: Setting Exact Space Between Objects in InDesign What and Where is Distribute Spacing? InDesign How-to Video: Use the Align Panel Align Panel Enhancements InDesign How-to: Make a Mondrian-inspired Grid InDesign Basics: Making a Photo Grid The Right Way to Vertically Distribute Text Frames A quick way to abut the edges of 2 (or more) objects Gap Tool Articles: What Exactly Does That InDesign Tool Do?! Creating a Dynamic Autofit Effect for Image Grids With the Gap Tool The Gap Tool and Groups Split Images That Span Across Two Pages The "Spring Loaded Tool" tip: https://creativepro.com/spring-loaded-tools/ The Tool Hints panel: https://creativepro.com/using-tool-hints-panel/  
Nov 30, 2023
32 min
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In the news Register for our Online Summits: Design + Accessibility, and Design + AI! CreativePro Magazine October 2023: Accessibility for Newbies All about Adobe InDesign 2024 (v19.0) Adobe MAX 2023 review and ID Tips from Attendees Obscure Feature of the Week: Show Structure Sponsor for this episode >>  Priint:Suite is an enterprise platform that reduces the time to create marketing publications up to 80% and enables creative marketers to focus on being creative.  Automate layouts following business/layout rules without limits on creative freedom. Instantly create personalized or language variants. Learn more about where and how to use it with InDesign here!  Links mentioned in this podcast The Design + Data Summit (on-demand) The Design + Accessibility Summit The Design + AI Summit CreativePro Week 2024: July 8-12, 2024 (DC and Online) What's new in InDesign 2024 https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/whats-new.html Request a feature in InDesign https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests David's conversation with Priint CEO of Priint USA: https://creativepro.com/creativepro-conversations-integrate-data-and-design-with-priintsuite/ Adam Pratt, CEO of Chaos to Memories Sarah Hyndman, author of Passive Aggressive Fonts and Why Fonts Matter Mark Heaps, Groq How to print a page range: https://creativepro.com/tip-of-the-week-the-easy-way-to-print-a-page-range/ Friendly Alien Easter Egg: https://creativepro.com/tip-of-the-week-friendly-alien-easter-egg/ Obscure Feature: Show Structure https://creativepro.com/getting-started-with-xml-in-indesign/ How to use Quick Apply to open or close Structure panel: https://creativepro.com/using-quick-apply-for-menu-commands/  
Oct 31, 2023
38 min
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In the news Two more online Summits coming up, check them out! CreativePro Magazine September 2023 all about Editorial Workflows Our own InDesign Sneaks Obscure Feature of the Week: Text Rotation Sponsor for this episode >> Adobe MAX 2023 Creativity Conference is happening October 8–12 in Los Angeles, California. Learn from experts and innovators, top creatives in design, photography, illustration, video, 3D, and more. Of course, the highlight is that  many InDesign experts will be presenting, live and online — even the Adobe engineering team from India. Hope to see you there! Links mentioned in this podcast The Design + Data Summit (on-demand) The Design + Accessibility Summit The Design + AI Summit CreativePro Week 2024: July 8-12, 2024 (DC and Online) — Registration is open! Adobe Fonts: now there's a difference between "added" and "installed": read more here Data plugins you should know about: InData from Em Softwar DocsFlow and WordsFlow from Em Software Priint Suite Cacidi LiveMerge and Extreme EasyCatalog from 65bit DesignMerge from Meadows XMPie (check out their cool "kiosk" site for demos) Teacup DataLinker Adding layouts to CC Libraries (with Bridge or drag and drop) https://www.linkedin.com/learning/indesign-tips-for-design-geeks/add-indesign-layouts-to-creative-cloud-libraries Obscure Feature: Text Rotation How to rotate text inside a frame (separate from the frame) Keith Gilbert's script to rotate individual characters
Sep 30, 2023
32 min
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In the news: Design & Data Summit, Sept 21–22, online only More online Summits coming up, check them out! CreativePro magazine September 2023 all about Editorial Workflows Adobe InDesign 18.5 released New free scripts we like Deep Dive into the Scripts panel Obscure Feature of the Week: Verbose Sponsor for this episode >> Santa Cruz Software is the maker of LinkerUI, a best-in-class extension that connects InDesign and other CC applications to your DAM and cloud-based services like Dropbox. Box, GoogleDrive and more. It enables direct searching, opening, placing, and syncing of assets. A new feature in LinkrUI called Smart-Linkr now automatically finds and fixes broken asset links at a single click, so you never need to search for lost assets again. Download LinkrUI for free today at SantaCruzSoftware.com Links mentioned in this podcast CreativePro Week 2024 OPENING SALE: Use code FIRST48 on Sept 7 or 8 to get $400 off any multi-day registration More on UXP plug-ins: https://developer.adobe.com/indesign/uxp/ AM's video of the best websites for free InDesign scripts: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/indesign-tips-for-design-geeks/top-sites-for-free-indesign-scripts Community scripts https://creativepro.com/community-scripts-for-all/ More on GitHub: https://github.com/AdobeInDesignScripts/directory How Unicode Injector Works Some new scripts Peter K: missing fonts: https://creativepro.com/scripts-for-fixing-missing-fonts-in-indesign/ flagging words: https://creativepro.com/a-script-to-flag-certain-words-in-indesign/ blind endnotes: https://creativepro.com/files/kahrel/indesign/footnotes.html Keith: Export SVG: https://creativepro.com/a-script-to-export-svg-content-from-indesign/ split pages for inside bleed: https://creativepro.com/a-script-to-allow-bleeds-on-the-spine-of-indesign-documents/ remove shared hyperlink destinations: https://creativepro.com/how-to-fix-shared-hyperlinks-in-indesign/ How to install scripts in InDesign Using Quick Apply to Run Scripts Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Scripts
Aug 30, 2023
45 min
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In the news: Design & Marketing Summit, July 27–28, online only More online Summits coming up, check them out! Adobe MAX 2023, David and Anne-Marie are doing live sessions, many more InDesign pros presenting live and online only CreativePro magazine July 2023 all about Artificial Intelligence Podcasts we like (and please review ours)! David's story about recovering from Can't Save/Save As disasters Deep Dive: Secrets of the Glyphs panel Obscure Feature of the Week: Styles Override Highlighter Sponsor for this episode >>Santa Cruz Software: Did you know that 66% of sales professionals can’t get their sales or marketing collateral in time, often creating assets without oversight? Solve this with BrandingUI. Try it today at SantaCruzSoftware.com! Links mentioned in this podcast Podcasts: ChaxChat Accessibility podcast with Dax Castro and Chad Chelius What other podcasts to you listen to? Let us know! Please rate InDesign Secrets! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/indesign-secrets/id101102043 https://open.spotify.com/show/4Erwd0qHoR22NhTSY67I0v (you have to listen to at least one episode before it lets you rate it) Saving files to Cloud Documents: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/work-with-cloud-documents.html and https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/manage-cloud-documents-photoshop.html Glyphs panel:  Get to Know InDesign's Glyphs Panel Find Characters Using the Glyphs Panel Tip of the Week: Controlling the Glyphs Panel Display Working With Custom Glyph Sets Talking about CID/GID: Podcast 260 Insert a Character by Unicode or GID Stylistic Sets: TypeTalk: Stylin' Sets Using Stylistic Sets Anne-Marie's video Obscure Feature: Style Overrides Highlighter Next time: InDesign Secrets True Crime podcast! 🤣
Jul 31, 2023
40 min
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In the news:  CreativePro rebrand!!  Design & Marketing Summit, July 27–28, online only Adobe MAX 2023, David and Anne-Marie are doing live sessions InDesign 18.4 is slowly being rolled out CreativePro Week was phenomenal! Grab an On Demand Pass to watch all the sessions, including IGNITE! and download the handouts  Next year in Washington DC! More info to come. CreativePro Magazine June 2023, issue 20: Email templates, cover story by our designer Pam Sparks! Also great InDesign tips and tricks Getting geeky with IDML, Tagged Text, ICML, and Snippet files Obscure Feature of the Week: Remove Forced Line Break Sponsor for this episode >> Noble Desktop: For over 30 years, Noble Desktop’s project-based classes and certificate programs have given professionals the tools to pursue creative careers in design, coding, and beyond. Learn more about them on our Training Provider page or at NobleDesktop.com. Links mentioned in this podcast YES our original InDesign Secrets mug IS still available! https://www.cafepress.com/mf/14282011/large-indesignsecrets-_mugs?productId=60507004 Watch our free webinar: Creating Social Media Assets with InDesign https://creativepro.com/watch-on-demand-indesign-social-assets/ We're speaking at MAX 2023 David Blatner Anne-Marie Concepcion Pam's article on Building Email Templates: https://creativepro.com/building-email-templates/ Getting Geeky: Snippets: https://creativepro.com/the-joy-of-snippets/ https://creativepro.com/place-snippets-at-the-same-location-or-not/ https://creativepro.com/locking-snippets/ https://creativepro.com/using-indesign-snippets-in-a-printing-workflow/ Tagged Text: Database or spreadsheet to tagged text: https://creativepro.com/automate-text-formatting-with-tagged-text/ IDML: Jeff Potter's amazing web app to IDML trick: https://creativepro.com/harnessing-the-power-of-text-variables-and-idml/ Hard-core editing to fix RGB Black: https://creativepro.com/turning-rgb-black-to-cmyk-black/ Download this great illustrated guide to IDML by Mike Rankin: https://creativepro.com/downloads/Anatomy_of_IDML.pdf Color swatches that won't delete: https://creativepro.com/color-swatches-that-wont-delete/
Jun 26, 2023
41 min
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In the news:  Article Hunt contest winners Adobe MAX 2023, David and Anne-Marie are doing live sessions InDesign 18.3 is slowly being rolled out CreativePro Week, June 5-9 in Phoenix (and online) IGNITE CreativePro is back!  Movie Night Design + Marketing Summit, July 27-28, online event CreativePro Magazine May 2023, issue 19: Virtual Photography, and lots of InDesign content Fonts in InDesign: Best practices and best tips Obscure Feature of the Week: Ornaments Links mentioned in this podcast Adobe MAX 2023 speakers Including ... Anne-Marie and David Angelo Montilla, who we interviewed in podcast episode 290 Dax Castro, interviewed (with Chad Chelius) in podcast episode 292 Erica Gamet, interviewed in podcast episode 226 Fonts: Great Fonts To Use: CreativePro Font Collection #1: https://creativepro.com/creativepro-font-collection-vol-1/ Font Collection #2: https://creativepro.com/creativepro-font-collection-vol-2/ Our awesome "InDesignSecrets Font Collection" on Adobe Fonts: https://fonts.adobe.com/collections/indesign-20 Google Fonts: https://creativepro.com/using-google-fonts-indesign/ Adobe Fonts: https://creativepro.com/using-adobe-fonts/ Font Tools Astute Graphics Vector First Aid: https://astutegraphics.com/plugins/vectorfirstaid Justin's "Copy InDesign Fonts to Folder" script: https://ajarproductions.com/blog/2013/04/16/copy-indesign-fonts-to-folder/ Identifying Fonts: What the Font: https://www.myfonts.com/pages/whatthefont How to identify fonts: https://creativepro.com/identifying-fonts/ Glyphs panel: Learning about the Glyphs panel: https://creativepro.com/get-know-indesigns-glyphs-panel/ Tips: https://creativepro.com/tip-week-glyphs-panel-display/ Finding characters: https://creativepro.com/find-characters-using-the-glyphs-panel/ Custom glyph sets: https://creativepro.com/working-with-custom-glyph-sets/ Laura Worthington's Hummingbird font: https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/hummingbird Making Fonts: IndyFont: https://www.indiscripts.com/post/2012/06/indyfont-build-opentype-fonts-from-within-indesign If you have a LinkedIn Learning subscription: our video on IndyFont: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/indesign-secrets/055-making-a-font-with-indesign-using-the-indyfont-script?u=0 FontSelf in Illustrator: https://creativepro.com/create-fonts-illustrator-cc-fontself/ Installing Fonts: Document Fonts folder: https://creativepro.com/easy-font-activation-using-document-fonts/ InDesign application's Fonts folder: https://creativepro.com/getting-indesign-to-see-your-fonts/
May 29, 2023
37 min
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