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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
So, if you've been following along up to this point, you're probably catching on to the fact that I'm trying to teach you how to do things faster and get things done more quickly. This video is actually telling you to slow down just a little bit. Here is what I mean. It turns out that InDesign has something called the Patient User Mode and it's off by default. So, if I go ahead and select this object and I start moving it, notice that when I drag it right away, I am just getting the bounding box of that object. I am just seen the edges. I'm not actually seeing the type as I move it and that's really great if you just want to move something quickly and all you care about is the referencing, the edges of those image. So I can snap that edge to the bottom of this edge and so forth with the Smart Guides kicking in.
And that's all very good and well and I'm going to undo that just by Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. If I actually want to see the content as I'm moving it, then you need to click and pause for a second. It kind of flashes and then draws the bounding box and now when I move it will actually show you the content. Now, you can see it's not as smooth as moving just a bounding box because InDesign's having to keep up with you, right here. It's actually moving those pixels around on screen and it wants to refresh the screen. Same thing with this image. If I click and drag right away, I just get the edge of the image.
Again a lot of times it's exactly what you want, just really quick, and when I let go the screen redraws. If I actually want to see the image as I drag it, just click and hold for a second, wait for it to kind of catch up and now as you move it, you'll see the content as you move. Same thing for repositioning an image within a frame. If I triple click there to grab the content, if I click and hold, I'll see the image ghosting back. If I click and drag right away, I just get the bounding box, okay. So, this is referred to as the Patient User Mode, meaning slowdown, be a little patient, click and wait for InDesign to catch up and then it will draw the content for you as you move it.
Now, it also works for scaling as well. So, if I click and drag right away, I'm just scaling the bounding box. I am not actually able to see the content scaling as I go. Go and undo that. If I Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift and pause for a second, now I will actually see that content scale, as I actually drag my mouse. So, again Patient User Mode comes in handy if you're willing to wait for it.
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