Speed up your workflow when designing data-heavy documents (directories, catalogs, etc.) with InDesign and XML.
Hi, I'm Chad Chelius and welcome to Creating an InDesign Booklet Using XML. In this course I'll show you how to use XML and InDesign to populate the contents of a booklet or small catalog in an automated fashion. I'll start by showing you how to set up a document in InDesign in preparation for XML import and then we'll import the contents so that, with the click of a button, we'll have formatted and organized content in our final product. I'll explain to you what XML is and, in some cases, what it isn't. And I'll help you to understand basic XML terminology to help you to get familiar with the language.
I'll then show you how to take advantage of the features you probably already use in InDesign, such as paragraph styles, character styles, and object styles. I'll show you how to produce a finished product that can be updated quickly and easily on a regular basis with new data. I'm excited to show you how to take advantage of InDesign with XML integration and I'm happy that you're joining me for this course. Now let's go ahead and get started.
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