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DesignGeek #23

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June 29, 2004 - 1:00am

Adobe Publishing Conference with HerGeekness

If you work in the design/publishing field, use any Adobe software product, and are within spitting distance of Chicago, this conference is for you. Even if you're not blessed to work/live on the "best coast," pay attention, because the conference may be hitting a town by you in the future.

Adobe is debuting their first "Partners in Publishing" Conference and Expo in Chicago from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, and you're all invited at no charge, though you do have to sign up.

Official details, full agenda and attendee registration:
http://adobe.regsvc.com/tk/?site=430g more >

Update PDFs Without Losing Links

The problem with interactive PDFs — ones with bookmarks, hyperlinks, and/or form fields — is that usually, the "interactive" part of them resides in Acrobat, not in the program you used to design the document.

You spend 80% of your time creating the file in an authoring program like QuarkXPress, InDesign, Word, etc.; then export it to PDF and spend 20% of your time in Acrobat adding links to other documents, tweaking bookmarks and creating buttons and form fields.

So if you find a tiny error in the finished PDF, you feel compelled to tweak what you can right in Acrobat. Change a letter here, nudge an image there, that kind of thing. That way you don't have to redo any links.more >

Text Frame Threading Tricks in InDesign

Most InDesign users know that with a loaded text cursor (which you get when you Place a text file or after you click a text frame's red overset text icon with the Selection tool), and the right modifier keys, you can do some fancy autoflowing of text.

To review:

— Shift-click will autoflow the complete file into multiple, threaded text frames, bounded by margin or column guides, adding pages to the document as necessary to place the entire story. The loaded text cursor changes to a solid, serpentine arrow when you hold down the Shift key.

— Option/Alt-click is "semi-autoflow." The loaded text cursor changes to a dotted serpentine arrow to give you a clue that's it's not full autoflow. It creates one text frame bounded by the page's margin or column guides, but it also automatically reloads the cursor with any remaining text. This saves you the step of clicking on the frame's overset icon to reload the cursor yourself.more >