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InDesign to iPhone via ePub

February 5, 2009 - 3:00am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

Did you know that you can make your InDesign documents appear on an iPhone as though the user was reading your publication on an Amazon Kindle? For free? Today?

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New Videos

December 31, 2008 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Okay, so since I had spent so much time learning the ins and outs of InDesign CS4 and InCopy CS4, why not do some new tutorial videos for I had nothing but time, right? So I did two titles, and each one took up about a solid month of my time (prepping sample files, outlines, testing, and then traveling to in Ventura, California to do the actual recording). But I'm really happy with how they came out.

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Export InDesign CS2/CS3 to HTML

January 15, 2008 - 3:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

Ever since I waved goodbye to my beloved XPress-to-HTML converter tool, BeyondPress XT (Extensis dropped it after QuarkXPress v5 was released) I've been searching for the equivalent plug-in or feature for Adobe InDesign. I needed a way to quickly export the text and images from my InDesign files to HTML, and I was constantly asked by my clients how to do the same.

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Add Columns of Numbers in ID/QXP

July 27, 2007 - 2:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

The other day I was laying out a data-heavy table in InDesign. The bottom row was supposed to contain sum totals of the numbers in each column, but I didn't have those figures. All I had was the client's Microsoft Word file containing the original columnar data, and no sums there either.

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My IC/ID Video Training is Live

May 30, 2007 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

My first video training title went live a couple weeks ago. Right now the lessons are only available online, but a DVD will be available for sale shortly:

InCopy CS3 + InDesign CS3 Integration

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Pimp My CS3

April 25, 2007 - 1:12pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Like a number of other Adobe CS3 users, I was initially aghast at the suite's new icons when they first showed them to the world late last year.

Adobe Systems — the company with the legacy of some of the most creative icons in the history of interface design, from renditions of Venus de Milo to color-enhanced X-Ray photography of starfish and butterflies — this same company was *seriously* considering icons that were colored squares and two-letter program name mnemonics? Were they kidding?

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See Me, Hear Me

April 25, 2007 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Back in November, Adobe asked me if I'd be interested in recording a bunch of video tutorials on InDesign CS3. Well, not Adobe itself; but a nice woman who *worked* for Adobe asked me.

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Adobe Creative Suite 3 Info

March 30, 2007 - 1:02pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

The big news this week in the world of digital design has to be Adobe's announcement of their new line-up of Creative Suite applications, dubbed CS3. I watched the live webcast of their launch shindig in New York City this week, even sat through the unplanned 20-minute "we're pausing for technical difficulties" portion when they were having A/V problems.

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InDesign Users on Your Gift List? They'll Love You for This

November 28, 2006 - 6:03pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

As co-hosts of, David Blatner and I talk about InDesign keyboard shortcuts a lot. A LOT. They just save so much time, and there's so many of them. Sometimes, though, they're hard to find in the menus; and most irritating (but understandable) is that there are dozens of useful commands with shortcuts that don't appear in the menus at all, because there's just not enough room. You have to dig though Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts to find them.

Last month, he and I spent way too much time unearthing these and merging them with the ones from the menus, organizing the whole mess of them by function or product area, and laying them out in a poster-sized document in a way that makes sense to us, and we hope, other InDesign users.

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InDesign's Hidden "Save for Web"

November 14, 2006 - 3:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

Last week during the InDesign Conference: Master Class in Seattle, one of the seminars I presented was called "Repurposing: Print to Web." If there ever was an exercise in frustration, it was trying to come up with content for this seminar. I spent weeks fretting about it, scouring the web for an answer that wasn't there.

How do you get content that's sitting in a regular InDesign layout file out onto a web site? Other than making a downloadable PDF? Or copying and pasting text from frames to text editors?

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