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Many Adobe InDesign users create articles in programs like Microsoft Word, then place their content into an InDesign layout, which only the designer has access to. InCopy provides a two-way street where editors and writers can edit content in InDesign while a designer simultaneously works on the design portion of the project, and the text formatting is retained in both programs. In this course, learn how to write content using InCopy, style text appropriately so that it transfers to the InDesign layout, and make content available to writers and editors from within InDesign. Author Chad Chelius also ensures you get a handle working with tables, Track Changes, graphics, and templates in InCopy.
The amazing thing about the InCopy Workflow is that you can configure it in almost any way you like. But in general, there are two primary workflows that can be used. And from there, you can adjust these workflows to fit your needs. The first workflow I'll show you is what I call the Write-First Workflow, in which content is written in InCopy and a story is then created. Next, that story is placed into InDesign and flowed into the layout as desired by the designer. Once this happens, that content is shared in InDesign, and the workflow begins where you now have a two-way street where changes and edits can be done by designers and editorial staff as well. The second type of workflow is what I refer to as the Design-First Workflow. In this type of workflow, the layout is first created in InDesign. Then stories are generated from within InDesign and shared for InCopy users to access.
Finally, editors and writers add content to the story, and the workflow begins, and that two-way street is once again created. Now, keep in mind that the two workflows just outlined are not the only way to use InCopy and InDesign. Your options are almost limitless in how you can configure your workflow. There are many variations in use today, many modified or adjusted to meet the needs of the organization. The workflow can and should be customized to meet your specific needs.
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