Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video 1. MultiDo, part of InDesign CS4: 10 Free Must-Have Plug-ins.
You know that InDesign has multiple Undos, right? So as you are working you could undo and then undo again and then redo and undo some more, go back and forth like that. That's pretty cool. But a lot of people wonder why InDesign doesn't have a History panel like Photoshop does. That would be pretty cool to see a list of all the things that you could undo and redo, so you can go there really, really quickly. Well, there is a plug-in that let you do it. It's called MultiDo. MultiDo is a free plug-in from 65bit Software. It does one thing and one thing very well.
It gives you a list of all the Undo states. For example, if I take this image and move it over and that over and this over, I'm just moving stuff all over the place here. Maybe I'll come in here and delete that and delete this and then I say, well, you know, I don't like that. I want to undo it. It's easy to undo with a Command+Z or Ctrl+Z but to get back to where I was originally, I would have to go choose that over and over again. That would be very frustrating. So instead I'll go to the Edit menu and instead of choosing Undo, I'll go down to this new menu item which is put here by the MultiDo plug-in. You can see it lists all the different things that I have done. I cleared, I cleared, I moved, I moved and so on. It's in reverse order. So the first thing I did was move an item. So if I choose that last item on the list, it will take me all the way back to where I was originally.
Of course, it also redoes in multiples as well. So I can go to the Edit menu, choose Redo Multiple and then say, I liked everything I did up to the point that I started clearing things, deleting things. So I'll go right back to that place. Now everything is there but it's moved around. So MultiDo is pretty cool. It gives you most of the features you will need, being able to undo and redo in big steps like that. I like that. But if you want even more, like maybe you actually want a History panel that floats around your screen. Well, you can get that by upgrading to a plug-in called EasyHistory and that's like $10 or something, not so much, also from 65bit. Or if you want the deluxe version, you could get a plug-in called History from a company called DTP tools and that's at DTPtools.com, and History gives you a lot of features. Beyond just the floating History panel, you can save snapshots, you can save versions off to other files, you can actually save snapshots that stay with your saved documents.
Now that's a little bit more expensive but still not that much at all. It's $30-40 or something. So you could get that and then you would have all the multiple undo power you could ever possibly want.
- Acquiring and installing plug-ins
- Using AutoFit to automatically expand and move frames
- Enhancing pages with PatternMaker
- Building puzzles with a single click using Sudoku
- Enabling multiple undos with MultiDo