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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.
Before you start using InCopy, you should become familiar with the interface, as it may be a bit different than other applications that you've used. Let's take a tour of InCopy to get a little more familiar with the environment in which you'll be working. I'm going to launch InCopy on my computer. So, I'm on Mac, so I launched InCopy from My Doc. But if you're on Windows, you can launch InCopy from the Start menu, or your Program Files folder. So when the AdobeID dialog box appears, just click next to get to the InCopy interface.
Now, the InCopy interface is divided up into a couple of main areas. And first of all, at the very top of your screen you have what's called the Application Bar, and this is where you can find frequently used items that will help you to become more proficient in InCopy. For example, we can access the Adobe Bridge up here. We can also change our viewing options, we can change our screen mode, we can even arrange multiple documents if we choose. Here's our workspace, and then we can even perform a search up here as well.
Just below that is what's referred to as the Command Bar. Now, the Command Bar is where you'll find tools that you use on a regular basis such as New, Open and Save, as well as, Print, Search, Spell Check and other items as well. On the left-hand side here, you're going to notice that we have a tools panel. Now Adobe InCopy provides us with a total of six tools that we can use to get work done more quickly and more efficiently. Finally, down here at the bottom, we have a couple of areas that we're going to be using.
We have the Spell Check or Copy Fit Status and we also have way over here on the left-hand side the Galley Appearance. So you can see that the InCopy interface, although not too complex, will take a little bit of getting used to. One other thing I want to show you is that if you go to the Window menu, we have an option called Application Frame. And if I turn this option on, this will provide a grey background in my application that will hide other applications that I might have behind it. So what I usually do is come up here, and on the Mac I click the green button to expand this window, but on Windows I would click the Expand button, which would be found in the upper right corner.
Hopefully you have a better idea of where you'll find things in InCopy. It feels unfamiliar to you right now, but don't worry, it'll be like a second home to you in no time.
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