InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts
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Placing via drag-and-drop from Bridge


InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts

with Michael Ninness

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Video: Placing via drag-and-drop from Bridge

In addition to being able to drag-and- drop from your desktop or your explorer, you can also drag-and-drop to place files from Adobe Bridge. Now Bridge, of course, is something that's installed with all the Adobe applications. It's a separate application and has a little bit more functionality than just looking at files on your desktop. There actually is a shortcut to switch to Bridge. Normally Command+O or Ctrl +O is your Open command. The Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O is your Browse in Bridge command or basically, Switch to Bridge.
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  1. 2m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 55m 8s
    1. The Make Better key
      1m 44s
    2. Tool shortcuts
      1m 33s
    3. Toggling between frame and frame content
      2m 45s
    4. The Escape key
      1m 31s
    5. Zooming
      3m 36s
    6. The Control panel
      4m 9s
    7. Hiding panels
      2m 59s
    8. Fill and Stroke shortcuts
      3m 51s
    9. Smart Guides
      5m 38s
    10. Scaling a frame and its content at the same time
      1m 58s
    11. Proportional Place
      2m 30s
    12. Multi-File Place
      1m 56s
    13. Preview mode
      1m 38s
    14. Selecting through page items
      2m 35s
    15. Context menus
      2m 16s
    16. Redefine Style
      3m 48s
    17. Quick Apply
      2m 49s
    18. What's new in CS4
      2m 25s
    19. Resetting preferences when opening InDesign
      1m 36s
    20. Changing the default settings
      3m 51s
  3. 18m 12s
    1. Changing the workspace
      3m 21s
    2. Recommended changes to preferences
      4m 51s
    3. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    4. Viewing menus in alphabetical order
    5. Where's that feature?
      1m 52s
    6. Patient and Impatient User modes
      2m 10s
    7. Measurement system overrides
      2m 11s
  4. 14m 28s
    1. The application frame
      2m 16s
    2. Tabbed documents
      1m 37s
    3. Cycling through open documents
    4. The Arrange Documents widget
      2m 43s
    5. Stop tabbing my documents!
      2m 19s
    6. Closing all documents
    7. Saving all open documents
    8. Skipping the new document dialog
      1m 7s
    9. Preview modes
      2m 4s
  5. 10m 53s
    1. Switching pages via the document window widgets
      1m 29s
    2. Switching pages via the Pages panel
      2m 43s
    3. Scrolling one screen at a time
      1m 15s
    4. Scrolling one page at a time
      1m 50s
    5. Scrolling one spread at a time
      1m 53s
    6. Jumping to a specific page
    7. Jumping between two pages
      1m 0s
  6. 6m 18s
    1. Fitting the entire Pasteboard in the window
      1m 27s
    2. Seeing two views of the same document
      1m 26s
    3. Switching to the Hand tool while editing text
      1m 14s
    4. Using Power Zoom
      2m 11s
  7. 8m 38s
    1. Panel management options
      3m 32s
    2. Using multiple panel docks
      1m 51s
    3. Creating panel flotillas
      3m 15s
  8. 9m 52s
    1. Changing the Tools panel
      1m 6s
    2. The Temporary Selection tool
      1m 14s
    3. Repositioning while creating page items
      1m 17s
    4. Constraining page item creation tools
      1m 45s
    5. Specifying the size as you create page items
      1m 14s
    6. Eyedropper tool shortcuts
      1m 38s
    7. Polygon tool shortcuts
      1m 38s
  9. 32m 23s
    1. Multi-File Place
      2m 12s
    2. Canceling a loaded Place cursor
    3. Seeing file names for items in the Place cursor
      1m 37s
    4. Grid Place
      2m 44s
    5. Adjusting Grid Place spacing
      2m 13s
    6. Placing via drag-and-drop from the desktop
      3m 11s
    7. Placing via drag-and-drop from Bridge
      4m 45s
    8. Placing InDesign files into another InDesign file
      5m 16s
    9. Placing multipage AI and PDF files
      4m 24s
    10. Creating links when placing text and spreadsheet files
      5m 3s
  10. 19m 7s
    1. The Selection tool vs. the Direct Selection tool
      3m 44s
    2. Selecting and moving items that are behind other items
      3m 8s
    3. How to deselect everything
      1m 28s
    4. Select all items on a layer
      1m 36s
    5. Group and Ungroup shortcuts
      2m 9s
    6. Selecting items in a group
      4m 41s
    7. What does Lock mean in InDesign?
      2m 21s
  11. 41m 48s
    1. Scale vs. Resize
      2m 1s
    2. Resizing or scaling multiple objects at the same time
      1m 38s
    3. Resizing or scaling multiple objects without grouping
      3m 56s
    4. Keeping stroke weights from scaling
      1m 11s
    5. Scaling a frame and its content to specific dimensions
      1m 23s
    6. Transform Again vs. Transform Again Individually
      1m 54s
    7. Transform Sequence Again
      2m 3s
    8. Transform and create a copy
      2m 15s
    9. Scaling by 1% and 5%
      3m 14s
    10. Nudging with the arrow keys
      1m 39s
    11. Arrange shortcuts
      1m 19s
    12. Aligning and distributing to selections margins page or spread
      3m 6s
    13. Aligning to a specific object
      1m 15s
    14. Distributing objects with a specific amount of space
      1m 19s
    15. Fitting frame to content
      2m 36s
    16. Frame Fitting buttons
      3m 5s
    17. Setting Frame Fitting options in advance
      3m 41s
    18. Fitting content to a specific percentage when placing
      4m 13s
  12. 14m 29s
    1. Pasting in the center of the page or spread
      1m 13s
    2. Paste in Place
      1m 31s
    3. Pasting a duplicate
      1m 59s
    4. Paste Into
      3m 1s
    5. Pasting an image into text
      3m 16s
    6. Pasting editable paths from Illustrator
      1m 58s
    7. Pasting text without formatting
      1m 31s
  13. 19m 22s
    1. Customizing the Pages panel
      5m 28s
    2. Inserting a new page
      2m 3s
    3. Duplicating pages
      2m 32s
    4. Moving pages between documents
      3m 10s
    5. The Rotate Spread view
      3m 4s
    6. Starting with a double-page spread
      3m 5s
  14. 7m 12s
    1. Jumping to a master page
      1m 17s
    2. Naming master pages
      1m 28s
    3. Overriding master page items
      2m 34s
    4. Applying a master page to range of pages
      1m 53s
  15. 8m 40s
    1. Creating a new layer above or below the active layer
      1m 2s
    2. Moving an item between layers
      1m 42s
    3. Moving a copy of an item to another layer
      1m 12s
    4. Converting a layer to be non-printing
      2m 36s
    5. Seeing more layers in the Layers panel list
      1m 13s
    6. Hiding all layers but one
  16. 17m 21s
    1. Changing the order of swatches
      1m 45s
    2. Preventing accidental registration
      2m 39s
    3. Sharing swatch libraries
      2m 27s
    4. Adding colors from kuler
      2m 52s
    5. Deleting unused colors
      1m 9s
    6. Saving a tint as a swatch
      2m 27s
    7. Choosing a different color model ramp
      1m 40s
    8. Saturating or desaturating a color
      2m 22s
  17. 10m 40s
    1. Toggling Link Info visibility
      3m 4s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      3m 44s
    3. Relink to Folder
      3m 52s
  18. 10m 17s
    1. Flowing text into frames automatically
      4m 7s
    2. Filling with placeholder text
      1m 1s
    3. Custom placeholder text
      1m 42s
    4. Text Frame options
    5. Fit Frame to Text
      2m 28s
  19. 11m 29s
    1. Calculating word and character counts
      2m 28s
    2. Selecting text with the mouse
      1m 37s
    3. Navigating text with the keyboard
      1m 42s
    4. Navigating between frames of a threaded story
      2m 53s
    5. Editing text in the Story Editor
      2m 49s
  20. 22m 38s
    1. Toggling between Character and Paragraph in the Control panel
      1m 20s
    2. Better font previews
      2m 39s
    3. Jumping directly to the font you want
      2m 10s
    4. Smart Bold and Smart Italic
      2m 2s
    5. Type Size keyboard shortcuts
      2m 24s
    6. Kerning/Tracking keyboard shortcuts
      2m 30s
    7. Word space shortcuts
      1m 15s
    8. Resetting kerning tracking and word space back to zero
      1m 36s
    9. Leading keyboard shortcuts
      2m 49s
    10. The Auto Leading shortcut
      1m 38s
    11. All Caps and Small Caps shortcuts
    12. Checking spelling
      1m 20s
  21. 15m 36s
    1. Alignment keyboard shortcuts
      1m 39s
    2. Toggling Hyphenate on and off
    3. Align Left Edge for drop caps
      3m 25s
    4. The Paragraph Rules shortcut
      3m 14s
    5. Cleaning up text with saved Find/Change queries
      6m 25s
  22. 13m 19s
    1. Formatting an entire document of text with one click
      6m 7s
    2. Applying a style as you create it
      1m 22s
    3. Naming your styles as you create them
      1m 55s
    4. Removing local formatting
      1m 14s
    5. Creating a new character style on the fly
      2m 41s
  23. 11m 1s
    1. Toggling the rulers guides grid and frame edges
      2m 25s
    2. Snapping guides to ruler marks
      1m 21s
    3. Changing the ruler origin point
      1m 54s
    4. Two guides for the price of one
    5. Duplicating and moving guides with the Control panel
      3m 4s
    6. Selecting all guides on a spread
      1m 22s
  24. 6m 55s
    1. View Document History
      1m 50s
    2. Butterfly Game
      2m 9s
    3. noallcaps
      1m 28s
    4. Reduce file size!
      1m 28s
  25. 30s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Scaling a frame and its content at the same time
  • Using the Control panel
  • Switching to the Hand tool while editing text
  • Placing multipage Illustrator, PDF, and InDesign files into a layout
  • Selecting and moving items that are behind other items
  • Setting frame-fitting options before starting work
  • Working with layers, master pages, frames, text, styles, and more!
Michael Ninness

Placing via drag-and-drop from Bridge

In addition to being able to drag-and- drop from your desktop or your explorer, you can also drag-and-drop to place files from Adobe Bridge. Now Bridge, of course, is something that's installed with all the Adobe applications. It's a separate application and has a little bit more functionality than just looking at files on your desktop. There actually is a shortcut to switch to Bridge. Normally Command+O or Ctrl +O is your Open command. The Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O is your Browse in Bridge command or basically, Switch to Bridge.

So I am going to do that. Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O switches you to Adobe Bridge. If it wasn't already opened, it would've launched so it may have taken a little bit of a delay there if you are following along. And it's a toggle, so if you do Command+Option+O/Ctrl+Alt+O again, it takes you back to InDesign. So I am going to toggle back, Command +Option+O/Ctrl+Alt+O. I'm looking at Bridge. I happen to be seeing the Links for the document that we are working on here. Navigate into that folder. Here's the deal though. Bridge is taking up my entire screen.

So now, I have to do this dance of resizing the Bridge window or moving it so I can see InDesign so I can have a drag-and-drop target. Well, there is a different way to handle this. It's kind of a hidden feature. Bridge, it turns out, has something called Compact Mode and it's this little button up here in the upper right-hand corner. You can say Switch to Compact Mode. I'll go ahead and click that and what that does is that converts the Bridge window, the application window, into something that's more like a floating panel. You will see that it's a smaller size window and it actually floats above all the Adobe applications.

So if I click back in InDesign, just by clicking in the document window here, I still see Bridge doesn't move behind the InDesign application window. So in that sense, it's kind of like a floating panel. Now that's both good and bad depending on your perspective. It's great as a drag-and-drop mechanism, right, because you can now see a smaller version of Bridge and just drag-and-drop directly into InDesign. It's annoying that sometimes because you can't get rid of the Compact Mode from floating on top of your application. So you then have to convert it back to the regular mode so that you can switch to InDesign and hide Bridge.

That's why that toggle is important to switch to Bridge and then there's another toggle to switch between Compact Mode and regular mode and that toggle is Command+Return or Ctrl+Enter and that will cycle Bridge between Compact Mode and regular mode. I am just holding down Command+Return or Ctrl+Enter. So let's start from the top. Let's go back over to InDesign. I am just switching to InDesign, either using the application switcher or toggling, using the Adobe keyboard shortcut, Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O.

So we are back in InDesign, we want to drag and drop, which is the purpose of this movie, to InDesign from Bridge. So let's first switch to Bridge, Command+Option+O/Ctrl+Alt+O. Let's toggle Bridge into Compact Mode, Command+Return, or Ctrl+Enter. Now let's select the files we want. I'll go ahead and select these four season files just by holding down the Shift key and clicking between the two, beginning and end, and then drag-and-drop directly. You get this nice little icon, showing you that it's grabbing all four files and then it puts it into a loaded cursor.

Again, if you click to switch back to InDesign, now currently we are in Bridge, if you click, you're going to actually place that first file on the page. It's probably not what you want. So I am going to argue that now that the drag-and-drop has placed them into your cursor, even though you can't see it right now, because the black arrow is showing, I am going to switch out of Compact Mode, I'm still in Bridge. I can still see the Bridge icon and name up there in the left-hand corner. So what was that toggle? Command+Return or Ctrl+Enter to go back to normal mode, get out of Compact Mode, then switch back to InDesign, Command+ Option+O, Ctrl+Alt+O, and then when I switch back, I see my loaded cursor waiting for me.

So there's a little bit of a keyboard dance there. You'd actually get quite fluent in it once you've done it a few times, probably seems awkward because I am stopping and going back and forth and explaining everything. But it actually is pretty fluid. What some people do is they just put Bridge in Compact Mode for quite a while and they move it to a second monitor or you have a really large screen, we are recording in a small screen here. But you might have a much larger monitor then you can just park that off to the side and just drag-and-drop from it and that's even easier than dragging and dropping from the desktop. So there you have it, drag-and-drop from Bridge with a couple of nuances there to control the experience to your liking.

It's a very, very handy way to work back and forth between placing lots of files into InDesign.

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