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Using smart math in fields

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Video: Using smart math in fields

Another little handy production helper is the ability to do smart math in calculation fields, in dialog boxes, and panels in InDesign. Now as an intrepid InDesign user, I am sure that you already know that you can do basic math. For example, when I select this image here, I see in the Control panel that it is 18 picas, six points from the left edge of the page. And if I want to move it over so that it is to 2 picas more from the left edge of the page, I don't need to add 2 to 18 and retype this; I can just type +2 and it jumps over.

Using smart math in fields

Another little handy production helper is the ability to do smart math in calculation fields, in dialog boxes, and panels in InDesign. Now as an intrepid InDesign user, I am sure that you already know that you can do basic math. For example, when I select this image here, I see in the Control panel that it is 18 picas, six points from the left edge of the page. And if I want to move it over so that it is to 2 picas more from the left edge of the page, I don't need to add 2 to 18 and retype this; I can just type +2 and it jumps over.

So you just need to type plus or minus. Or if you want to use multiplication, that is the asterisk, or division is the slash. So if I want to, or move it more to the right twice as much so I can just type an asterisk and 2, so now it's 41 picas. You don't need to add the p or anything like that if you're staying in the same units. If I wanted to move it over--let me undo-- 1 inch, I could just type +1 inch or in, and it would move over 1 inch, and recalculate it out to picas.

If I wanted to move this box over, say three eighths of an inch, I can say +3/8, and I will put my little inch mark in, and it recalculates it. We are essentially doing two math fields at once. We are doing addition and division. That's the slash. Let me switch the ruler, and you know that you can just right-click on the intersection here and change both rulers at the same time, so I will change to inches. Let's change the width of this frame half the size.

So we come to the Width field and type times--that's the asterisk--1/2. You can do this, by the way, before or after the field, like I could type here one half, times, 1 inch and it goes 50% less, and this works in any field that takes any kind of math calculation. So there you go, a little bit smarter math in InDesign CS6.

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InDesign CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 14m 23s
    1. Exploring interface tweaks
      6m 56s
    2. Examining the new tools and dialog boxes
      7m 27s
  3. 32m 41s
    1. Working with the Conveyer tool
      10m 7s
    2. Linking objects
      12m 11s
    3. Mapping styles
      10m 23s
  4. 50m 5s
    1. Understanding flexible layouts
      8m 16s
    2. Working with Alternate Layout
      12m 52s
    3. Understanding Liquid Layout rules
      7m 30s
    4. Using the basic Liquid Page Rule options: Scale, Re-center, and Based on Master
      6m 52s
    5. Applying guide-based Liquid Layout rules
      8m 10s
    6. Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules
      6m 25s
  5. 14m 51s
    1. Working with flexible columns
      3m 27s
    2. Auto-sizing text frames
      5m 28s
    3. Exploring the primary text frame
      5m 56s
  6. 8m 15s
    1. Accessing recently used fonts
      2m 9s
    2. Applying Keep settings to spans and tables
      2m 45s
    3. Fitting frames to different types of text content
      3m 21s
  7. 28m 27s
    1. Using advanced EPUB 2 export controls
      9m 12s
    2. Exporting an EPUB 3
      9m 16s
    3. Inserting HTML and Edge content
      9m 59s
  8. 28m 4s
    1. Reviewing the new Form tools
      7m 21s
    2. Creating and previewing a basic form
      14m 40s
    3. Testing the form in Acrobat
      6m 3s
  9. 21m 24s
    1. Aligning selections to a key object
      2m 17s
    2. Using Save As to create a file for earlier versions of InDesign
      1m 40s
    3. Retaining table headers and footers
      2m 58s
    4. Importing RTFD and exporting to PNG
      4m 38s
    5. Using smart math in fields
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting interactive PDFs as pages
      1m 9s
    7. Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs
      2m 22s
    8. Using the new world language support
      4m 7s
  10. 1m 6s
    1. Next steps
      1m 6s

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