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InDesign and InCopy CS2 Patches Released

October 4, 2005 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Heads-up that Adobe posted bug fix updates for both InDesign CS2 and InCopy CS2 a couple weeks ago, bringing both programs up to version 4.01. The patch eliminates a few of the strange little bugs I've seen people reporting on the forums, such as Unexpected Quits during spell checks and missing inline images. You can read the list of all the fixes in this PDF:

The easiest way to download Adobe updates and install them is to use the Adobe Update Manager, which is like Mac OS X's "Software Update" feature for all the applications in the Creative Suite. To access the Adobe Updater program, open any program in the suite and choose Help > Updates. After consulting with Adobe's web site, the program will list all the updates available for the Suite programs you have installed. You can set it to download and install them, or just download them but install them later, or ignore them altogether.more >

Synchronized Text in InDesign

September 20, 2005 - 1:00am ||| 3 Comments | Add new

QuarkXPress 6.X has an interesting feature called Synchronized Text, useful for keeping the contents of multiple text frames in synch with each other. When you modify the text of one of these boxes, all the other boxes you tagged to "synch to it" update automatically with the same text modifications (but keep their own formatting intact).

It's great for those times when you need more flexibiity than a master page text box affords, since a synched text box can be placed on any page on the fly, in different locations with different formatting, even in multiple layouts in the same project (file). No need to go to a master page to edit it, just edit the text in any of the frames and the ones in synch with it immediately update to match.

Surprisingly, everything you need to add a Synchronize Text feature to InDesign CS and CS2 is sitting right there in your program installation CD. They're called the InCopy Plug-ins. Look inside the program CD for a folder called Technical Information and you'll find them.more >

Better InCopy Galley/Story View Font

February 22, 2005 - 2:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

Adobe InCopy CS users are able to open InDesign files and edit copy in text frames. They can choose to view the text they're editing in either Layout View (same as InDesign), Story View (same as InDesign's Edit -> Edit in Story Editor), or Galley View (just like Story View but it shows accurate line endings).

Since many editors using InCopy are recovering from Microsoft Word, they often prefer to work in Galley or Story view, as it it's most similar to Word's "Normal" view. And of course, these views are a lot easier on the eyes when you're doing heavy text editing, because the editor gets to choose which typeface all text in Galley/View is displayed in. (Just as how InDesign users can choose which typeface to use in the Story Editor via Preferences -> Story Editor Display.)

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InCopy CS Info and Tips

September 14, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I've been working a lot lately — both in-house and through training engagements — with Adobe's editorial workflow solution, InCopy CS, InDesign CS, and the free "Bridge" plugins — new to InCopy CS — that tie them together.

With this set up, editors can "check out" articles from an InDesign publication and copy edit while seeing how their story fits in the actual layout, even if/while the designer has the InDesign file open. (Meaning: If your editors want to edit their stories in InDesign, they don't need to buy InDesign — just InCopy, which is far less expensive, and could even replace MS Word in this workflow.)

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