Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Divide and Conquer method in either program, part of Using Word and InDesign Together.
There is a tried and true method of diagnosing a problem file, and that is…called dividing and conquering, also known as the binary method.…The idea being that, if you have a problem file that extends over a number of pages…or screens, you divide in a half. Create two files where they were one, and…then test each half. One half will be good, the other half will…be bad, usually. Because it's usually especially with the…word file, it is one character, or one paragraph, or one return that is…corrupted, a missing footnote reference, an index entry that got messed up, a table…cell that is splitting incorrectly. It's usually one thing in a file.…
But it's really hard to tell if you've already poured it in to InDesign, and your…running into problems with crashing, or it won't print, or it won't export to PDF, or…Find and Change isn't working. If you suspect it might be something…inside the Word file, you want to try dividing and conquering.…You can divide and conquer either in the original Word file or in the InDesign file.…
- Understanding the differences between InDesign and Word styles
- Identifying which formatting attributes transfer and which don't
- Controlling text formatting when cutting and pasting
- Placing Word files in InDesign with the Import Options dialog box
- Linking to Word files for automatic updating
- Working with footnotes, hyperlinks, and tracked changes
- Learning best practices for fixing text formatting
- Extracting embedded images and converting Word art
- Converting local formatting to character styles with free scripts
- Round-tripping to InDesign RTF to clear out file corruption
- Syncing Google Docs with InDesign via DocsFlow
- Converting Word docs to InCopy for fast and accurate formatting
Skill Level Intermediate
1. InDesign and Word Formatting Essentials
2. Best Practices for Getting Word Text into InDesign
3. Importing Other Word Elements into InDesign
4. Fixing Common Problems with Imported Word Text
5. Troubleshooting and Repairing Word Files
6. Exploring Alternatives to Word-Only Editorial Design Workflows
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