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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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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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How to export an InDesign file to PDF that is going to be spiral bound

Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded. I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages. On some pages there is an image that is stretched between ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Connecting Newsletter Details to Header

I am new and learning InDesign, I am upgrading from Word and I was wondering if there was a way to link details within the newsletter to the header. More specifically I have the issue number on the ...
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How to export a Magazine Document into a PDF for PRINTING?

I know how to export an indesign document into a PDF document, but I want to make sure it is the right format for printing. I've heard about something called Booklet? Thannk you for your answer! ...
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Relative paths for image links in inDesign

We've got a large indesign file that several people are dipping in and out of on several machines, to do this we've got the indd file and the /images folder that it references in a shared Dropbox ...
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How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
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How to create a page template of solid and dotted lines for handwriting practice?

I am looking to make a tear off children's handbook for writing practice of words. I wanted to know how make "dotted lines" or "four lines" template that is to the standards of what child handbooks ...
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InDesign: Faster way to resize image in frame

I'm using Adobe InDesign (CC 2014) to layout a photo book. I've created a frame, and placed an image inside it. I want to resize the image and drag it around to frame it nicely. I know that you can ...
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Export InDesign layers to Photoshop

I have created the design of a website in InDesign (big mistake, I know...). The developer wants to have my layers in a Photoshop format. I do not want to start everything from the beginning. What can ...
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Indesign data merge and facing pages

I know that my question is could already be asked, but I can't find a clear answer. I'm new to Indesign (i'm coming from webdesign), and I have to create a catalog. Each page contains the photo of a ...
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InDesign: how can I fix pagination so linked text threads are in order again?

I'm fairly new to InDesign for complex documents (in a past life I used it for magazine layout, but I'm now typesetting a 300 page book using it) and have probably made a rookie error. My main body ...
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How to make Indesign tables of contents interactive, with clickable jump links in the exported PDF

I couldn't find any simple resource saying how to make Adobe Indesign tables of contents interactive, so that each item in the electronic version of the exported PDF is a live hyperlink / cross ...
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InDesign: Resetting character style after end of paragraph

Is there a way (a setting or a shortcut) in InDesign to reset a character style to None after the end of a paragraph? Paragraph styles have the option for Next Style, but this does not apply to ...
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Is the maximum ink percentage embedded in the pdf color profile?

I am placing some Photoshop-made artwork into InDesign and exporting to PDF for print. My artwork is quite dark, and Ps's eyedropper tells me that some of my blacks are around the 90/95/95/85 mark. My ...
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InDesign CS4 or CS5: How do I export tiles to a PDF?

Let's say I have a document which is 30 inches by 30 inches. My printer is 11x17. I need to print tiles. Let's also say that the printer is attached to a computer which doesn't have InDesign, but ...
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Highlighting text in Adobe InDesign

I want to have inline code snippets in my InDesign document. Similar to how StackExchange does it, like this. So the gray background is perfect. Basically I just want to highlight certain text. ...
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Generate InDesign content using XML

I'm trying to generate some content in InDesign CS5 by importing XML data, but I can't figure out how to do it. Here's what I have: XML <stuff> <person> ...
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Resizing ALL images on ALL pages in Indesign Document

i'm looking for an easy way to resize roughly 40 pages of barcode PNGs in indesign. If i can cut off approximately 50-60% of each barcode....well, you can see how many pages i would save at the ...
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How to have full bleed between two facing pages Indesign

Aloha all, I'm working in InDesign CS5.5 on a master plan document. I want the final document to be 11x8.5 landscape with facing pages, spiral bound to allow document to lay flat with full bleed. I ...
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How to change default text settings in Adobe InDesign?

This problem appeared immediately after installation: InDesign interface is in English, but text settings (RTL, right alignment of new frames, default language of text frame, and therefore arabic ...
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Is it possible to reference two anchor texts hyperlinks for the same paragraph in Indesign

Is it possible to reference two anchor texts hyperlinks for the same paragraph in Indesign? I can create two different anchor texts for the same paragraph. However, when inserting the ...
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Automatically remove underlined whitespace on line-break in Indesign

See the underline continues after the word "trademarks", before the line-break?
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Interactive elements of a PDF being hidden when viewed in iOS/Android et al

we have created an interactive PDF in InDesign CC for a client with rollovers on various charts, that display extra information when rolled over. Now obviously the rollovers are meaningless on touch ...
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Dealing with transparent objects in a PDF for Mozilla's built-in PDF reader

Anyone have clever solutions for drop-shadows from InDesign that are being uploaded in .pdf to a website? I've just learned that the new Firefox built-in reader doesn't support it, known issue ...
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Can I put a single word before my indent?

I'm working on a movie script. I'm having some issues with my indents... All the spoken text is outlined to the left, but I want the name of the speakers to be in front of this paragraph. The name of ...
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Scaling images down in InDesign and ppi

If I place a 10" X 6.7" 72 ppi .jpg into InDesign and scale the image down to about 3" X 2", does the ppi change for that image? And how can I tell?
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How do you change iBooks UI format for graphic novel?

I'm working on a digital graphic novel, moving from InDesign CS6 to iBooks and Kindle. Every page is a giant image, and I can't figure out how to get it to be in the same style as a graphic novel that ...
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ID CS6: Can I set an exact height for a cell style?

I am working in a table. I am creating cell styles for various kinds of cells. I want to create what is essentially a spacer cell (unless there's some way to create padding-above like in CSS :) ) ...
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Is there a way to script InDesign to read the EXIF information of a photo?

I'm thinking of making a photo portfolio in InDesign and I have the following functionality in mind: First I would make a document of several pages containing placeholder images. Each page has a ...
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Encyclopaedia-style InDesign running headers, where pages have many, one or zero headings

So, you can have a heading running on each page that varies automatically based on the most recent heading (or, occurrence of any other paragraph style) by putting text with InDesign text variables ...
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Tell element to not snap to custom baseline grid

I'm editing a template with a baseline grid (the pink lines). The one you turn on/off with Cmd+Option+' by default. I added an icon with Font Awesome and can't align it vertically with my text ...
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Can you merge multiple .indd files into one editable .indd without using book?

I was curious to know if it is possible to merge several .indd files into one master .indd file that can be editable and preserve all links and images? I am familiar with the drag and drop method and ...
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Why a bigger picture than page is enlarged rather than shrinked in InDesign?

We want to prepare a book for electronic publishing on iPad by using InDesign. Hence in the InDesign's Document Setup we entered as intent 'Digital Publishing' and as page size 2048px X 1536px. We ...
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Is it possible to automatically remove the same object from every page in InDesign?

I have a pre-made document and I want to remove a line (same length, same stroke, same color) from every page. Is there a quick way to do this aside from deleting manually?
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Can a Word Document Be turned into a Data Stream To allow for Editing over the Network to Update a link into InDesign?

So here is the idea. To have a Folder on a Server containing Word Documents for all our books and Materials. Turn These Documents into Data Streams that are linked to InDesign Documents. Allow ...
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Combining multiple data merge documents in InDesign

I have a report made in InDesign that needs to go to several different types of recipients (e.g. study participants, advisory board, and other powers-than be). The report everyone gets is the same, ...
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Turn off text wrapping in Indesign

Is there any analogue of CSS rule text-wrap: nowrap in Adobe Indesign? I know that happens because in Indesign the text can be placed in any arbitrary shape, not only rectangular as it goes in HTML. ...
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Baseline downshift when pasting object in first line of textframe in Adobe InDesign

I need to set up аn empty space around inline icon in Indesign. Something like margins in HTML. Their sizes will not depend on an icon size. Also I think of negative margins. Also, I can't move inline ...
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Getting zero as previous level in multilevel list (InDesign CS3)

I have created three paragraph styles: "Título" as a first-level category, "SubTítulo" as the second-level category and "SubSubTítulo" as the third-level category. "SubTítulo" is based on "Título", ...
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Tri-fold Brochure in Indesign - How do you handle fold lines?

How do people handle margins and gutters when designing a tri-fold brochure in InDesign? When a brochure is folded in three, the inside flap ends up being smaller than the other two flaps, so if I ...