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By David Blatner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Convert InDesign Files to PDF and IDML Formats

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Designers often need to convert InDesign files to another format for publication (such as PDF) or collaboration (IDML for CS4 to CS6 users).

The Export dialog box works fine when it’s a one-off. But when you have a whole folder’s worth of project files? Get ready for tedium.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Change the UI Language in InDesign CS6 and CC

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InDesign versions differ from country to country.

But what if you prefer to work in a different language than what ships with your version of InDesign?

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Create Blank Entry Spaces on Forms — with InDesign Secrets

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Highlighting the blank entry spaces in a form by hand? Check out this episode of InDesign Secrets.

By applying paragraph rules that use the Text option for their width, you can quickly style empty areas in a table-based form.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Create and Control Your Presentations in InDesign

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Many designers are called upon to give presentations. But instead of creating a PowerPoint or Keynote deck, or even a custom PDF, I suggest you present from the software you know best: InDesign.

In this video, I provide a bunch of handy tips for setting up and delivering your presentation in InDesign.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Delete Paragraphs Tabs — with InDesign Secrets

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Macs and PCs aren’t typewriters! But people still add spaces or tabs to the beginning of paragraphs in their documents. Unfortunately, it then falls to you, the designer, to remove them for layout in InDesign.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 09, 2014

Apply Currency Symbols in InDesign — Automatically

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Wouldn’t you love to be able to apply currency symbols in InDesign without having to type them or locate them in the font menu?

You can. The trick lies in an unlikely place: bullets.

And I’ll show you how in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Create a Custom Table of Contents in InDesign

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This week’s free InDesign Secrets tip is about indexing in InDesign—but it’s really about solving another common design need: a custom table of contents.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Convert Rounded Corners to Editable Paths in InDesign

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Live Corners allow you to apply corners to almost any object in InDesign. You can access this feature through the Object > Corner Options menu or through the menus in the Control panel.

My favorite way, as shown in today’s InDesign Secrets, involves invoking Live Corner mode with the Selection tool.

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