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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
Before we jump in and start learning about InDesign's features and how to use them, let me a say a quick word about the Exercise Files available for you to use. If you are a Premium Member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you own this title on disc, you have access to the Exercise Files that I will use throughout the training. The files have been broken down into chapters and if you are following along, it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. Many of the files have the same name but are in fact significantly different in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program. To open this document, simply double-click on it and it opens in InDesign. If you see a dialog box that says there are missing links or modified links go ahead and click Don't Fix because those files obviously aren't necessary for this particular exercise.
Also if you see a dialog box saying you are missing fonts, you can go ahead and replace them with the fonts that you have on your system. Now on the other hand, if you are a monthly or annual subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library, you won't have access to these files but you can still learn either by just watching what I do or by following along using your own text and image assets.
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