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In this title, we're going to be using two programs: InDesign and InCopy. If you'd like to follow along on your own computer, you'll get the most out of the lessons if you have both programs installed. You can download a 30-day full trial version of either program from adobe.com in Mac or Windows format. During this course, I'll be using InDesign on a Mac platform and InCopy on a Windows platform, but they both can be run on the same platform. Of course, it's not necessary to install both programs. Even if you just have one program installed, there'll still be plenty for you to do.
Now if you are a premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you are watching this tutorial on a DVD, you have access to all the exercise files used throughout this title. Most of the videos have exercise files, the same ones that I'm using in the video lessons. To keep all the links intact as much as possible, I've zipped each video as a set of exercise files. As you can see, here in Chapter_02, each lesson has a set of exercise files that are zipped. However, to reduce the file size, all of the original images for each lesson are in one big, happy folder, the Links folder, which is here at the same level as the main chapter folders.
As long as you don't rename the Links folder, and you keep it at the same level as the exercise files, you shouldn't encounter any missing link alerts when you open up a file. If you do, just point InDesign or InCopy to this master Links folder. Now a word about moving these files around: if you're going to be moving the exercise files from one location to another, like from the exercises folder from wherever you've saved it - here I have it on my Desktop - to your network file server, or to a folder you've created to represent the server - like I'll be doing throughout these videos, then you should be moving the zip file first, and then unzip the file after you move it, like so.
Drag the zipped file from the exercises folder, put it into the new location, then unzip if there. Be sure to put the Links folder at that new location as well. Then you can open up the unzipped folder, and open up whichever file I'm using in the video. One more thing: if when you open a file in InDesign or InCopy, if you're prompted to update modified files, you should go ahead and click Yes, Update. If I don't want you to, because I need to show you something about updating specifically, I'll say that in the very beginning. Okay, if you are a monthly subscriber or annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to these exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch, or from your own files.
Okay, so let's get started.
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