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Exporting to High Quality Print InDesign - preserving all fonts/text - Create Outlines?

I'm just about to export a brochure for printing in InDesign (CS4) What is the correct way to export the document so that the fonts used throughout will display properly at the printers. I have used ...
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How to create a new glyph = letter + ogonek in InDesign

I've got a font, which doesn't have polish diacritic chars which I need. I'm trying to construct them, by merging two glyphs - a letter and ogonek or acute accent, which are provided by my font. I ...
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InDesign Data Merge and hiding missing data

I have an InDesign document which is filled from the data in a CSV using data mrege. The csv has columns for name, phone, email etc, but some of the data in the csv isn't filled in as it is not all ...
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Issues with Pantone Colours in InDesign

I have the branding guidelines in PDF format (so viewing on screen) for an organisation with the specific Pantone Colours displayed alongside their code. Now when I add swatches for these Pantone ...
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Using InDesign CS6, how can I simultaneously edit A4 and A5 versions of a poster?

I'm on Adobe Creative Cloud, so I have the latest InDesign, and I'm attempting to design a poster for my choir's next concert. Traditionally, I've done this in Photoshop, in two separate files, ...
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How to select an InDesign vector path point when a text wrap contour is in the way?

How can I use the InDesign direct selection tool or pen tool on a path that has a text wrap over it, without just hitting the text wrap contour? So to recap: in InDesign, when you apply a text wrap ...
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How to repair InDesign document that categorically crashes the Application

I have a document that I created that now categorically crashes ID. I've tried opening the file on multiple computers (Windows) and multiple versions of ID (7 and 8). The document opens, and then, the ...
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Sharing InDesign Links between Mac & Windows

In our marketing department we have a mix of Windows & Mac computers all running Adobe CS5.5. The problem we're having is that the Windows users will create an InDesign document with links to ...
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Indesign and syntax highlighting

I have a poster which I have made, it is basically lots of java code and looks like a wall of text. I want to add syntax highlighting to this so that the code is more readable. I know that I can ...
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Make InDesign not re-hyphenate an already hyphenated word

On a publication that I work on I run into a problem where hyphenated words are hyphenated again at the end of a line. (Here's an example: self-sufficent would end up self-suffi-cent) Is there a way ...
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How do I spec a character with no keyboard shortcut?

I am working on a corporate standards book for a client. Client works with two design agencies, my office and Other Agency. Both agencies play nicely together. In one particular file, Other Agency ...
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Bullets combined with numbering for InDesign?

I want to achieve something like a bullet and then a number: Recommendation 1-1: Foo I'd like to have deep control over the bullet. I've tried a variety of mechanisms including: Drop caps ...
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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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Weird grey boxes on PDF export and (huge) quality difference in Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat

I've exported tens (if not hundreds) of PDFs with InDesign and I've never experienced this problem. It's pretty weird... The problem is that grey boxes appear around some objects. Next to that, the ...
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Create a GREP style that finds paragraphs that starts with 2 possible words, then styles the entire paragraph

I have a QA style article where a question is posed, then answered. Community News: How are you today? Tom: I'm doing great! CN: I'm doing well today. Thanks for asking. I'd like to apply a grep ...
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Making ogoneks with GREP style

I followed this solution to make Polish ogoneks in InDesign through GREP style BUT every time I use it, the negative tracking is also be applied to the space or next character which immediately ...
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Designing forms for printing in InDesign

I have to make a lot of forms in InDesign. Not interactive forms, just forms that need to be printed. It's really a pain making all the checkboxes, radio buttons, lines and text fields and ensuring ...
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Change weight of font while maintaining local formatting in InDesign

I have a large block of text that is set to "book" with local italics throughout being set to "book italic." I'd like to increase the weight of the whole works: with the stuff currently set at "book" ...
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Does InDesign have an Edit Artboard-like tool, like Illustrator has?

The size of the poster I am making in InDesign keeps getting adjusted as I work on it. When I changed its width from 60 inches wide to 55 inches wide using Document Setup, it made that change but ...
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How can I export only text with a distinctive character style from InDesign to a new document?

I had a catalog layout with 200 captions. They all have the same distinctive character style. I am searching for a solution to export only these caption texts with the distinct character style out of ...
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Best practice for InDesign document translation?

What are the best practice for translating documents in InDesign? I guess there is some mechanism for import-export XML like Illustrator Variables to translate without using installed Indesign? I'm ...
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InDesign: In a table of contents, conflicts between bold & italic text

In my InDesign document, figure captions are bold when they appear in the body of the document, and non-bold when they appear in the list of figures. But when I need to italicize text in a figure ...
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Master page display on top in InDesign?

I read this question regarding Fireworks layers, where it said that master pages have to be applied underneath other layers. Is this true for InDesign as well? If not, how does one put the Master ...
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Setting object style in InDesign

I'm trying to somehow set InDesign object style for images that I add into text frame directly so they flow along with text when I edit content. My document is of technical nature so it has a single ...
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Make an index where “cat” also refers to “cats”

I'm trying to make an index with page references. I want the word "cat" to be in the index and point to all the pages where the word "cat" is. So far so good. But I also want the same word "cat" to ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically align the bottoms of different columns of text boxes to the same height as the one with the most text?

In InDesign, I have some filled text boxes, sized by columns, with the one on the left being three columns wide. The wide text box is most likely to contain the most text (it's an invoice template). ...
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How to use Subversions for Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

I found the tool Timeline from Pixel Novel, but I wondered if I could use any subversions app to manage my design files. I'm not sure to understand everything about Subversions yet, and I did not ...
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Script for InDesign that checks for halftone spot colors?

Thanks to the help of various people here, I've just about nailed this script for InDesign that I'm working on. There's only one other bit that, while not 100% necessary, I would love to be able to ...
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Rename text anchor and update cross-reference text

I have quite a few text anchors in a document and now the naming of the text anchors has to be changed. Does someone know how to rename text anchors (have not found a rename option yet) Is it then ...
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Does InDesign support page sets?

We're creating a set of user manuals with different versions. In some versions, not all the pages should be included. For instance, in version A, everything should be included. In version B, pages 6 ...
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How to export layers as files in InDesign

I have a one-page document with approximately 150 different layers, each containing an individual set of user credentials. I'm now looking to print 150 copies of this document, one with each set of ...
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Add a background-color to a paragraph-style in inDesign

I am currently creating a book layout with inline code and code-blocks. For those code parts, i would like to add a background-color. It should handle code similar to the way it is displayed on ...
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How can I give a name to an image in Corel with Eps format?

I want to export my images from Corel into InDesign. So I export it with a name that I want, but the problem is that when I export my image, Corel automatically adds a number sequence (eg. ...-1, ...
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Is there an InDesign to XPS workflow other than printing to an XPS “printer”?

The book I'm designing was requested originally in PDF format, and that's how it's set up in InDesign. So far, so good, and it's about 90% complete at this point. We've already jumped through a fair ...
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How to set the width of one item based on the width of another item in InDesign?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are 0.2 inches wider than the text snippet to use as a background for it. I have hundreds of these to make. I can't think of a way to ...
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Importing XML into InDesign and automatically adjusting content

My client has an InDesign catalog. Instead of manually updating it as he's done up to now, he'd like to import XML data into the InDesign file and not have to make any of the changes manually. However ...
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What icons can I use to represent “Essential” or “Desirable”?

I'm putting together a brochure for a job spec, and want to put a table with "Desirable" or "Essential" attributes on it. Not sure what to go with for the icons for Essential / Desirable though. It's ...
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Software like InDesign or QuarkXPress to create instructional documents

I'm creating a booklet on teaching programming through examples and exercises. What's the best software for writing the pages? It'll be code examples, exercise questions and some diagrams. I'm new ...
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What is InDesign used for?

What is Adobe InDesign used for as opposed to Photoshop or Illustrator?
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InDesign: How to create lines for form design?

Every once in awhile I make forms (applications and whatnot) in InDesign, and, as it often is with ID, there is more than one way to get it done. I have a few techniques that I use, but I often float ...
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What's the best way to make a curly brace used for grouping items together?

Many documents (especially older ones) use what looks like a curly brace { to join multiple elements together. Here's an example of this to illustrate programming code, and here's a thread about ...
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How do you make a justified background color for a paragraph style in InDesign?

In InDesign if I have a paragraph style and every time I use that style I want a "colored" box behind it justified to the column width. How would you suggest doing this? Currently it's been done ...
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In InDesign is it possible to find and change uppercase to lowercase?

Is there a way to find and change uppercase letters of a certain character style and change them to lowercase within InDesign?
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Data merge “at once”

I get the feeling that I do not really want Data merge, but something similar... I want to merge a .csv file into my InDesign document, have it formatted in a similar way as if I was using Data merge, ...
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Right-aligned tabbing not working as expected in InDesign

Working on creating a table of contents. It's right aligned, and since the page numbers go into double digits, I wanted to have a tab in between the page number and the page title so I know that the ...
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What Adobe CS5 program should be used to make A4 multi-page brochure?

I want to know what Adobe CS5 program to use to make A4 multi-page brochure? I have the full master suite so I wanted to know what is best to use for this?
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Indesign adding white strokes to stroked text when exporting to PDF

I am working on a very basic InDesign project (my first one), and have one trouble that is progressively driving me crazy. I need some bold text, and so have added a 0.25pt black stroke to my 10pt ...
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Why do some letters look odd at 100% but not 200%?

I'm looking at a document both in InDesign and, after exporting to PDF, in Acrobat, and the strangest thing is happening to my font; some letters are looking different than they should when shown at ...
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InDesign ignores Illustrator artboard?

When placing a *.ai in InDesign, InDesign auto-crops the frame if part of the Illustrator artboard is empty. Even if I outline the Illustrator artboard with a no-stroke, no-fill rectangle, InDesign ...
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InDesign, how do I make chapters vary in colour scheme?

I'm new to InDesign and am working on a catalogue for my company. I'd like each catalogue chapter to have a different colour scheme - e.g. chapter 1 uses blues, chapter 2 uses reds, etc. I've ...