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.)
In the last issue of DesignGeek I described two ways of extracting Word art from Word files that clients might give you. Soon afterwards I received a couple replies from readers wondering why I was doing things the hard way.
Dave Haglund of Cygnus Media put it best. In fact I'm thinking of hiring him … LOL.
He's given me permission to reprint his e-mail here: