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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.
Adobe InCopy and InDesign work together through the magic of Adobe's plug-ins that are included with each program and installed automatically. They allow InDesign users to make stories editable to InCopy users, and they allow InCopy users to see and edit their stories in place, in the layout. This video tutorial series covers the essentials of how the two programs work together. As you can see, I'm going to start out with the very first chapter, about why use InCopy? What are the advantages of using the program, what are some challenges you need to look out for, and how to set up your network.
In the next chapter, I'm going to take a simple InDesign layout and just bring it all the way through the workflow. We'll open up the layout in InDesign, make the stories editable for InCopy users, and then open up that same layout out in InCopy, check stories out, edit them, update the layout in InDesign, and then wrap it all up in InDesign, just so you can get an idea of how it works from start to finish. Then we jump right into working, hands-on, with InCopy. In the next series of chapters, Chapter 3 to 11, we'll talk about the interface, editing text, all the word processing features that you depend on in your other word processing programs, where to find those in InCopy, as well as some advanced text processing features, like creating cross-references and using some scripts that are built-in.
We'll explore working with tables and even editing images in InCopy, which is possible to do. How the two programs work together with track changes in inline notes, and how to integrate Microsoft Word, and even Acrobat.com's Buzzword into InCopy, and finally, printing and exporting to PDF. Now, all these chapters, from 3 to 11, these need to be seen by InCopy users. If you're the designer in the InCopy workflow, you really don't need to watch all these, but you do need to skip ahead to the remaining chapters, especially Chapter 12, which is Managing the Workflow from InDesign.
As you'll see during my introductory chapter, really the entire workflow is managed from InDesign. Most of the work involved in editing stories obviously occurs in InCopy; everything is controlled by the person who runs InDesign. Then for the people who are interested in how this should be set up at your worksite, depending on the kind of publications you put together in your network setup, we'll talk about the different ways to implement the workflow, Workflow Options for your Publication. The layout-based workflow, which is a very simple one, and the one we'll be using throughout this tutorial, as well as an Assignment-based workflows and what happens when people who have InCopy want to work on the project outside of the company, away from the server, for remote workflows.
I have lots of tips in all these chapters, so even if you're not in charge of setting up the workflow, you might find a lot of very useful information in these chapters. Finally, we're going to wrap it up with some online resources that help, such as how to use the help system, which is new in CS5, different from previous versions, and do the online communities and blogs and web sites where InCopy users gather together and trade tips and learn new techniques. So that's the title in a nutshell, go ahead and dive into the chapter that interests you most.
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