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In Collaborative Workflows with InDesign and InCopy Anne-Marie Concepción shows how Adobe InCopy and InDesign work together, helping editors and designers collaborate on publications, and save time and money, with no additional hardware, software, or expensive publication management systems. This course shows how to set up for the workflow, how to address cross-platform Mac and Windows issues when working in a mixed environment, how to work with remote writers and designers, and how to integrate with Microsoft Word. Exercise files are included with the course.
I am sorry but as much as I would like to, I cannot be by your side every moment of the day, helping you to learn InCopy and get really familiar with it and very efficient and enjoy yourself. But let me tell you about all the different ways that you yourself can help yourself become more familiar with InCopy, learn how to look up stuff that you don't understand, and how to reach out for help. First of all, in InCopy itself, you can always click inside this little field up here and type in the term that you need help with. This is kind of like a live online help. So if I type in say assignments, okay, I don't quite understand how assignments work, when I press Enter or Return, it opens up my default browser and goes right to Adobe Community Help.
Adobe Community Help is first of all the online help file on the right, so this is the official help file, and then on the left are links that go into that online help file as well as any third -party sites, like for example the adobe.com InCopy forums that according to its internal algorithms answer your question or that deal with what's all about assignments. Like right here, Adobe InCopy CS5 Assignment packages would open up the Assignment packages help file. Now, another thing you can do while you're looking at Community Help or at the online help file itself, by the way this online help file is exactly the same thing that you would open if you went to the Help menu and chose InCopy Help.
All right, it opens the same thing. Again, this is a live help so they are constantly updating it and also when you get to certain topics, like Sharing content for example, if you want to you can add a comment. If it's incorrect or you need more information or you want to add your own tip, you can add comments as well. So it's almost like a help blog. One thing I do recommend though is the first time you come here is do you see how there is a link to the PDF? This is very valuable. So I would go ahead and download the PDF. This is the entire InCopy help file available to you as a PDF.
It doesn't ship with the product anymore. You need to download it from your online help file, and that's great in case you are on a desert island, editing an article. If you don't have Internet access and you need to look up something, you can always look up help in that PDF. I actually have downloaded it already and opened it up, and it's a pretty good PDF file. I mean, it's got pictures and captions and you can do searches through it. It's got all the keyboard shortcuts. All right, so it's very useful. Download that PDF help file. Then on the Internet itself, there is a few different places. The first place I would recommend for like occasional questions and you want to hear what the other InCopy users in the world are doing, like how to solve the particular problem or an issue that you're having, is go to the InCopy user to user Forums on the Adobe web site.
Adobe has Forums, if you go to adobe. com and go down to Communities > Forums. It'll bring you right to this page, where they have a lot of bulletin boards where people can post questions and read answers to help each other out with a particular program. Now, InCopy doesn't have star billing like one of these, and don't feel that bad, I mean that is InDesign as you can see. Just choose the software from this dropdown menu and click Go, and here we have the home page for all of the InCopy Forums along with any important announcements that might appear across the top.
But you see there is a Forum for InCopy and then there is another forum just for InCopy Scripting. So I did talk about Scripting in this title, if you want to talk with people who script with InCopy or ask if there is a script available. You can post that right there. Otherwise you can just click InCopy and read what other people are posting about along with the answers that people like myself and other community experts and then just regular users in the field are replying. Very useful site. I run a blog called InCopySecrets.com. Come by and visit where I post tips and techniques every once in a while. You can subscribe by e-mail and it's also a good place because you can comment on the stuff that I write. We get a good dialog going on that way.
On the other blog that I co-host with David Blatner, InDesignSecrets, we have a section in our blog posts called InCopy Workflow, because InCopy doesn't exist by itself. It exist in a universe with InDesign. So, when you're working in InCopy never feel like you're all alone. You are surrounded by help just a click away.
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