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Indesign CS5 relink all links when moving to a different computer

I have done a lot of work on a lot of files. To give them to a new designer working for us, I have put them on an external HDD and passed them over. But he now has to open up every file individually ...
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InDesign CS6 - Update multiple displayed artboard/pages of linked files without relinking

InDesign CS6. I'd like to know if there is a way of updating a linked file's displayed artboard (.ai) or page (.pdf) without having to go through the process of relinking the file. Currently upon ...
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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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How can I automatically number the survey questions in my InDesign document?

I'm relatively new to InDesign and I just know that I'm going about this project in a less than ideal fashion. I've done a lot of Google searching about numbering, but I seem to know little enough ...
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InDesign: Synchronizing and combining documents

I have two primary needs: Build several documents with the same layout/styling Combine those separate ones into a single document For the first point I've discovered (I'm learning InDesign as I ...
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InDesign document needs to be converted to Word or similar program

I have an inDesign file, a booklet of mostly text in a table (names addresses etc) and my client would like the file set up so they can edit it themselves, add to the table. Is there a way to convert ...
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InDesign: Multiple “pages” to a printed page

The Problem I've designed some playing cards (3.5" x 2.25") in InDesign. Now I want to print a prototype batch on my home printer as a first test. Ideally I would like 4 cards per 8.5" x 11" page, ...
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sharpen small Icons

I am new to design and I am creating a document in InDesign. I am using 16X16 icons for headings, but when I export this document to PDF format, the icons look blurred (see image). I've tried to ...
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Get the start and finish of text in a certain character style in Indesign GREP

I've been fighting with InDesign GREP find/change quite a bit and couldn't find any way to get it to look at the start and the end of a character style. This is necessary if, for example, you want to ...
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Paragraph “space after” shortcut - InDesign

I'm looking for a keyboard shortcut to change spacing before and after paragraphs in InDesign CS6. So far I haven't been able to find a default shortcut nor to setup a custom one (couldn't find ...
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Proper set up for using Indesign, exporting to PDF, and then data merging PDF

I've been doing some preliminary research regarding data merging. I have a client requesting layouts of essentially sales package components. His current workflow is to use Word to data merge with ...
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How can I apply a drop cap style for characters that are at the last character of a paragraph?

In InDesign CS6, I'm aware that I can apply drop cap style to characters at the start of a paragraph. However, what if I need drop caps for characters that are at the end of a paragraph? How can I ...
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Indesign – add symbol before first and after last paragraphs of the same style

I have several paragraphs with the same style. I'd like to auto-add new line before the first paragraph and new line after last paragraph of the same style. How can I do this? Thanks in advance. N.B. ...
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Automating splitting of an image between pages in inDesign

I'm going to be printing from inDesign onto a borderless printer. I want images that bleed over from one page onto the next to continue without a gap. The document is too long to use vertical page ...
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How do I create a horizontal list with bullet separator in InDesign?

I am trying to create a horizontal layout list of items for a promotional poster. It is much like a music festival line-up poster. After each list item I need a custom bullet or separator. After the ...
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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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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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InDesign: Why can I only unlock some items on my document from a master template?

So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image ...
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How do I print my book using Indesign cs6 and have the pages come out in the right order?

I am trying to print my 4" x 6" book from InDesign CS6 to my home printer. The book has about 100 pages, a perfect bound book with a few front pages and a table of contents. I want to print the pages ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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Indesign constantly checks cross-references documents

When I create cross-references to other documents, Indesign gets very slow accessing to disk all the time (I can see the Windows icon) unless I open all related documents. Is there a way to ...
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Adobe InDesign: how can I get the CMYK code from a color that I have saved in RGB in the swatches?

I'm making a work for school and I have to put together color palettes for some pictures. I also want to indicate the RGB and the CMYK code but when I get a color from a picture with the Eyedropper ...
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'Printers page' PDF layout in InDesign?

I'm doing the layout (first time) for a friends charity magazine, last minute as the usual girl quit just before it was due, so panic time there. I'd saved the individual pages (as I'd been asked) as ...
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Using Photoshop to create a magazine

My question: Can I create a magazine exclusively using Photoshop? My understanding: It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution. Other software: InDesign is pretty ...
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When exporting PDF file from Indesgn, Why colors messed with one another?

I made a 10 pages file in In-Design, RGB space designed for web. Created some masters. After exporting (smallest file size as well as others too) to pdf the result gives me different tint of color on ...
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InDesign and advert size (PDFs)

I've learnt the basics of InDesign and created a 10-page magazine with some adverts in (stored as PDFs). My earlier question here was from a purely educational standpoint; not an actual printed ...
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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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InDesign grep rule that applies to everything then stops if it reaches a certain character?

InDesign GREP rules can get a bit mind-bending. Suppose you want a paragraph style with a GREP style rule that applies a character style to everything except text after a certain character. Something ...
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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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Components of a site that might cause imitation concerns

I'm new to the web design and web comic fields. I'm a huge fan of The Oatmeal, and thought his tile layout was a good way to share the most amount of comics for given real estate. So, following the ...
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Brochures font size

Hello This is may first question here. I was working with small projects. I have problem with the Brochures (Tri-fold). At the Back Cover the content are only programme 2 fold and raffle entry 1 fold ...
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How can I use GREP to find all text between bullet and equals sign in bullet list in InDesign?

I have a bulleted list with several entries, it's a list of keyboard shortcuts, similar to the text below: alt+shift+ctrl+2 = Lock Others alt+shift+ctrl+3 = Hide Others alt+ctrl+b = Blend ...
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insert the same image on every other page

I am creating a booklet and want to include a small image on every odd page. To do that, use master pages, right? But here's the catch - I want to rotate and move the image just a little as the pages ...
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Acrobat X Custom Action to Save PDF as JPG (not export all images)

Can I use Acrobat X Pro to batch process hundreds of multipage PDFs to JPGs? This question is very similar to what I am after but I am wondering if there is a way to do it in Acrobat X Pro. I have ...
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Unpixelated Screenshot images

I have some work to showcase: images which are screenshots of work which are online. However when arranging these screenshot images in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, they all appear to be ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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Is there a way to have instant spell check in InDesign?

Much like most word processors have spell check as I type, is there a way to have this done in InDesign? I'm constantly forgetting to run the spell check before sending off proofs and I'm getting a ...
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How to create custom page number in a TOC in indesign cs6?

My pages in Indesign are somehow complex that they look like: A3 - 66 where: A: chapter letter 3: sub-chapter number (restarts it's numbering everytime the chapter letter changes) 66: page ...
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InDesign: How to restore text-frame position/size to be managed by the master page instead of the actual page?

I have some designer that moved slightly a text-frame and in order to be managed again by the master page we need to remove the page and create a new one inserting the content in it. Is there any ...
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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 to setup a duplex document printed both sides with page numbers in InDesign

I'm about to create an A4 business brochure magazine style of 8 pages and i was wondering how to setup my document. I have two options. 1 would be creating an A4 document, facing pages with proper ...
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Set PDF “Initial View” in InDesign CS6?

When exporting a document from InDesign CS6 to PDF, is it possible to set the "initial view" of the PDF, so that the PDF opens up in "two up" (side-by-side) format by default? I can do this in ...
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How do I get InDesign to import XML into table cells?

First, let me preface by saying i've read through James Maivald's Designer's Guide to InDesign and XML, but i'm still really confused. I have an XML document that looks like: <foo> <bar> ...
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Small caps not appearing on Windows computer

I've made a document on inDesign CS5 on OSX containing a section typeset in Palatino small caps. These appear fine when viewing the exported PDF on a Mac however on a Windows computer some of the ...
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The way it's supposed to work with books in a team in InDesign is not coherent, then how to properly work?

Imagine this scenario: User A opens the book User B opens the book and make important changes User B saves the book User A closes the indesign and it's asked if wants to save the changes to the book ...
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Indesign auto column width size for table based on the data containing?

I have a lot of tables that designers have to adjust slightly to fit the content. This takes a large amount of time in our process and I would like to know if there is anyway to skip this? Perhaps a ...
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How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
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Can I set DPI per image/page as opposed to document-wide in InDesign?

I am making a book with some of my photography. I have not been blessed with the best camera in the world so my images range between 1100px squared to 2000px squared. The print size per image will be ...
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In a flowing layout design in InDesign how I might full fill the spaces left at the end of the pages?

As you can see at the left, there is a lot of white space at the bottom of the page 1. My boss doesn't like it and forces designers to put "enters" (new lines) between the paragraphs in order to ...
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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 ...