Using Word and InDesign Together

with Anne-Marie Concepción
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Using Word and InDesign Together
Video duration: 0s 3h 30m Intermediate


Many designers used Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign together, but the unique formatting and hidden markup in Word often cause issues when you bring text into InDesign. In this course, learn how to make these programs play nicely together and create beautifully formatted documents from existing text. Author and InDesign Secrets creator Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to clean up your text formatting, strip out Word styles and map them to InDesign ones, place Word document elements in InDesign, and fix the formatting once the text arrives. Plus, learn to repair corrupt Word files and explore alternatives to Word such as InCopy and Google Docs.

Topics include:
  • 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
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- [Voiceover] Hi. I'm Anne-Marie Concepcion, and I'm thrilled to welcome you to my course, Using Word and InDesign Together. We'll start out by learning how Word and InDesign work with styles. You'll learn what I've come to call best practices for flowing and formatting Word texts into InDesign, including managing tricky issues, like local formatting, indexes, images, and footnotes and endnotes. I'll show a number of free scripts and other third party solutions that can really save the day. I share some great solutions I've found for the most common issues, including a file full of normal plus styles and for what I like to call bizarre formatting, plus I've got some in-case-of-emergency techniques for rescuing corrupted files.

Finally, I show some of my favorite Word alternatives that you can use hand-in-hand with your Word and InDesign workflow. Now that you're all excited about finally getting these two monsters to play nicely with each other, lets get started with using Word and InDesign together.

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