Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Creating an InDesign Booklet Using XML.
- So throughout this course I'm going to be using exercise files that are included throughout this course. If I open up my exercise files folder, you'll see that I included the final version of the project, so you can open that up and see what we're going to be creating but then the course is divided into chapters so each chapter has a certain number of exercises within it and you can follow along by opening the appropriate chapter folder and then opening the file located within there.
Also I always include my finish file and that's the file that I have modified during the video and have saved for you to open up and double check your work or see what I had done in the document. Now once we get into some of the later chapters, you're going to start noticing that I include a links folder in the individual chapter. You'll notice there's a links folder here and for the beginning chapters they're pointing to that links folder but because of the XML process, and having to have the graphics relative to the XML file, in some of these chapters I've included a links folder within the individual chapter folder.
So it's important that you leave that there so that the XML file can find the graphics that are contained within that links folder. In addition I want to point that we've also included an IDML exercise files folder that contains all of the IDML versions in case you're using a version older than the version of Indesign that I'm using. So I used Indesign CC 2015 in this course but you can use these IDML files if you're still using an older version of Indesign.
In these tutorials, Chad Chelius explains what XML is and then walks through the entire process in InDesign, from setting up the document and tagging the content, to cleaning the data and fine-tuning the layout. He also offers tips for saving your work in an InDesign template, to regenerate directories when new entries are added, update catalogs seasonally, etc. By the end of the course, you should be able to use this workflow to speed up data-heavy design jobs, big and small.
- What is XML?
- Transforming XML
- Displaying tag markers
- Setting up an InDesign document for XML import
- Creating styles
- Tagging content
- Mapping tags to styles
- Importing XML data in InDesign
- Applying master pages
- Creating a table of contents