Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files and scripts, part of Creating Long Documents with InDesign.
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For this course there are two sets of exercise files. If you're a monthly or annual lynda.com subscriber you'll have access to a set of free exercise files, including a PDF with links to all the third-party tools shown in the course. Use the links in the PDF to download either a full working version or a free demo version of each tool. You also get an InDesign snippet that you can use to load some basic styles shown in this course into your documents. If you're a Premium lynda.com subscriber, or you're watching these movies on the DVD, you'll have access to the full set of exercise files I'll be using throughout this title, plus the PDF with links to third-party resources.
I recommend you download the exercise files and put the main folder on your desktop. Inside the exercise files folder you'll find subfolders for each chapter and within those, folders for each lesson, and then within them the exercise files. You can open these files with InDesign CS5.5 and follow along with each lesson. In this course, I'll run all scripts through InDesign Scripts panel, which you can display by choosing Window > Utilities > Scripts. In the panel you can see two folders, an Application folder containing sample scripts that come with InDesign, and a User folder, which is empty by default.
I'm going to recommend that you put all the scripts for this course in the User folder, just to keep them separate from the other scripts and to make them easier to find. To make a script appear in the User folder, you need to put it in the right location on your computer and the easiest way to do that is to right-click on the User folder and choose Reveal in Finder or Reveal in Explorer. This opens a folder where you can drop the scripts into and they'll immediately appear in your Scripts panel. If later you want to move or delete a script, just right-click on it and you'll get a choice to delete the script or to reveal it in the Finder or Explorer.
- Using text variables
- Creating templates for InDesign, InCopy, and Word
- Employing nested styles
- Creating GREP styles
- Managing color with swatches
- Building page elements with libraries and snippets
- Performing GREP find/changes
- Using InCopy workflows
- Tracking changes
- Adding footnotes and indexes
- Using InDesign book files
- Versioning documents with conditional text or object styles
- Preflighting documents
- Archiving a project
- Finding and installing useful scripts and plug-ins for frequent challenges