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plugin to allow you to run cs6 indesign files in cs5?

in our office we have multiple users all using different levels of creative suite, they include CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. Most adobe files seem to work fine when switching between different CS versions, ...
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iPad EPub layout landscape/portrait issue

I'm building a simple EPub with Indesign 5 to simply display a few images with a title above. When I hold my iPad on portrait mode I have this (title above image which is what I want!): When I ...
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Printing from InDesign has correct margins, but not from Acrobat using exported PDF

I have half-US Letter (8.5" x 5.5") documents I print out in booklet form from Adobe InDesign CS5.5 on a Brother 9970CDW color laser. Works great. Problem is InDesign doesn't allow you to print ...
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Printing a 11x17 booklet [on hold]

So I am trying to take an inDesign file that takes one page of a document and splits it onto two pages of a 11x17 booklet. For example a landscape orientation image that has a bleed from one page to ...
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Indesign: Align frames on same position but different pages

This might be an idiotic question and I'll take my chances. I'm an amateur Indesigner (but am a power user). I would like to align a frame on a different page on a different spread (could even be on ...
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high resolution images when placed on doc shows smaller image dimensions

I have a 300dpi image and when I place the image onto the document, indesign does not place the original image dimensions. Instead, it places the an image with much smaller dimensions. For instance, ...
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What are the proportion ratios for a photo album published in print and on tablets?

We want to do a photo album which we intend to publish in print and also electronically on iPad and Android tablets. If we want to do a single output (PDF etc.) for all media, which would be the ...
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Easier InDesign technique(?) = export JPG and convert to CMYK before printing

So I'm just starting to learn Adobe InDesign. The tutorials tell me to prepare my images and convert them from RGB to CMYK for print.. Now, I like to do rapid development and I kinda don't like ...
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Why do icons get pixelated in indesign

I am trying to create a pdf doc through Indesign. When I put an icon in the document, it gets pixelated. This is how I put the icons in indesign: ctrl + D and placed the icon. I've tried this too: ...
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How can I add unicode glyphs using just the keyboard?

I want to use glyphs in my text with keyboard shortcuts. Say an endmark, instead of placing it through the glyphs panel I want to use my keyboard.
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Photoshop skills are not great [duplicate]

I'm a entry-level graphic designer. My skills in Illustrator and Indesign are pretty strong but my skills in Photoshop are not great and I have no drawing skills either. Will this affect my career?
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Insert multiple glyphs at once

In InDesign you can insert a glyph by double clicking on it in the glyph palette window. What I would like to do is insert multiple glyphs or all the glyphs of a font at once without having to always ...
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Place Photoshop layer comps in Indesign

If you have an Indesign document you can place for example PNG's, PSD's, Ai artboards, etc in element place holders in the document. I wonder however if there's any way to also place Photoshop layer ...
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RGB Color Match

I am designing some banners and graphics for a client's website and I am finding it hard to find clean bright colours. I am using Adobe Indesign on an imac. I am saving all as jpegs in RGB. The worst ...
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InDesign automatically copy text

I am currently looking for a method to automatically copy text from one position onto another. Let me try to explain this a little bit better: I have created a quick survey form in InDesign where I ...
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Workflow question: How to Write Memo's in Page Panel in Adobe InDesign?

When using Adobe InDesign, you Pages panel shows you all the pages of your document. But sometimes those pages look similar from the thumbnails (see printscreen below) and you can't really tell which ...
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Next Month Indesign Text Variable

Is there any way to create a text variable that has a date in the future calculated from today's date? What I need is: Todays date + 1 month. I know you can have text variables with the output or ...
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What's the best file type for photos to be brought into InDesign?

I'm building a newsletter in InDesign and have some company photos of people's faces. What file type should I use to place them in my InDesign file? JPEG TIFF EPS PSD
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Can data merge put multiple records on the same page with specific placement for each item?

A simple example would be a map of the United States. If I want to overlay the state name, capital city, and population in their proper location on the map...is there a way I can use data merge to ...
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Missing objects during resizing after copying/pasting from Illustrator to InDesign

After copying a group of objects (including some containing clipping masks) from Illustrator to InDesign some of the objects disappear after resizing said clipping. My apologies if this is quite vague ...
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How to get continuing numbering in textboxes in InDesign?

I have boxes with references which are located beneath pictures in my InDesign 6 document. I want to have a consistent and continueing auto-numbering of these boxes. Therefore I created two paragraph ...
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Indesign Master Page item can't be removed after overriding it

Indesign CS6 Master Pages I seem to have a strange problem, in the master page (Right Side/Odd numbered pages) I have a simple graphic but when I delete it using ctrl+shift+click Delete, another one ...
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Why does Indesign repeat the same photo on its own, over and over?

I'm making a wedding photo book, with deferent photos of course. When I open the file with Indesign, some of the photos seem to have repeated themselves. I don't know if its because they are all on ...
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Adobe InDesign CS6: Multiple spaces in HTML export

Is there a way to preserve multiple spaces in HTML export?
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Setting up bleed/margin for printing [closed]

I have to create a 400 page book with the measurements height: 16cm by 24cm in Adobe InDesign. It is intended for publishing, but what are the bleed and margin measurements I need to follow so that it ...
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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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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 to still keep the automatic InDesign page shuffling while starting a new section on the left or right side?

I have a document in InDesign and I need to start a section on the left side, but InDesign only allows me to do this if shuffling is set to manual. This means that if I need to add a page at the ...
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“Paste Into” tool not working

I can't figure out how to use the "paste into" tool, specifically to create what the image displays from this article. I'm selecting photo #1 from the target so that the border around the photo is ...
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I can't group all elements (NONE LOCKED) when adapting A4 to A3 in Indesign CS 6

I'm resizing and have changed the doc setup to be A3 from A4. I then selected all elements (none locked) and grouped them. Then, when attempting to hold shift and drag them to fill the page, two ...
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How should I handle vector artwork and images for street pole-sized ads?

I am a very junior graphic designer / art director. I try to go through as many Lynda.com courses to equip myself with knowledge but some things I'm not sure of so please go easy on me here, I'm not a ...
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Is there an easy way to handle minor content changes in InDesign?

I would like to know if there is a way to handle minor content changes in InDesign 5.5. I need to create a few different versions of a document where the majority of the content will remain the same ...
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InDesign and transparency flatteners location

I have InDesign CS5 on Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard, and created a new transparency flattener style called test1 as a preset. I'm interested to know, where is my custom preset stored on Mac OS X; ...
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Indesign Document-Master

We have have facing pages with a border ether side, however our printer wants it in single pages. When we change it to single pages for pdf printing, we lose our alternating borders. (Border on the ...
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Best way to implement this box / table design in Adobe Indesign

I am sorry about asking such a newbie question but I am wondering if Adobe Indesign has any easy method of making the box that is on the top of the page that I posted below (With the numbers on top ...
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Printing full-bleed from Adobe InDesign or Acrobat on Mac

I'm using a Brother MFC-J6910DW inkjet. On my PC it's easy enough to print full bleed, there's a borderless option in the printer dialog. I can't find any such option on the Mac. Am I not able to ...
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Display rectangle size automatically

Is it possible to create a diagram in one of the adobe products, whereby next to each shape there is a label displaying the size of the shape. for example if i draw a 100x500 box it displays this ...
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InDesign CS5 tables: Can I automatically fit rows or columns to the size of content?

You know how Excel has the function "Autofit," where you select a whole row or a whole column and it resizes the entire thing to the height or depth of the largest content item? I want to do that in ...
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Is there any way I can make an InDesign text box editable in Publisher?

I make tons of single-sheets that our sales team uses. But some like to change the wording a little for each account separately, so I don't want them to have to come to me every time they want to ...
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Change all uppercase letters in a named style to initial case (Indesign Grep)

This is my first post here. I have Peter's (forgot his last name) excellent change case-script so I can do the replacement with no problem, but the find is baffling me. I have a glossary where the ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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Is double-side printing a requirement to print a booklet via Adobe InDesign?

We can gladly keep this short; I want to print a short booklet via InDesign and my document is ready. However, I'm unsure if the printer I'm gonna print on (tomorrow) is capable of printing both ...
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InDesign CS6 - form with umlauts

I can't insert umlauts or a sharp s in Acrobat after I created the form with InDesign CS6. Does anyone a similar problem / can help me with this? I suppose it has to do something with UTF-8 encoding ...
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PDF export from InDesign unwanted image downsampling despite settings

I am exporting an 8.5x11 inch PDF at 300 dpi. I've placed a 2588x3375 pixel image at full page size. InDesign shows the image as 300 dpi. All setting in PDF profile say 300dpi and I print as PDF. ...
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How can I prepare a magazine file for print?

I have some questions about preparing the final magazine file for print. I'm making a magazine in InDesign CC and I need it to make using ISO coated v2 ECI. Every picture in magazine before I place it ...
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I cannot set page size in PostScript output file in Adobe InDesign CS5

I cannot set page size in PostScript output file in Adobe InDesign CS5. In preferences window settings clause is disabled. Why? Here is a screenshot of a Russian copy of a program:
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InDesign 508 Compliance Challenges

I have a two-page newsletter that I created in InDesign CS6, and I have encountered two different challenges while trying to make the PDF 508 compliant. I have arranged all of the content in the ...
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Indesign Grep Style: Swap numbers and then Next and nested styles with repetition

I have a tricky text to style and I am having some issues, and need your help. Example text: 2012 Some product name name, State $50 This is a very impressive young pinot, with tremendous ...
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Problem with Print Booklet in InDesign

I'm trying to export a PostScript file of a book design in InDesign with pages arranged for a saddle-stitched book using the Print Booklet feature. The problem i'm having is this: Print Booklet ...
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Padding between border and text in textframe InDesign

Is there a way in InDesign CS6 to add space between the text and its border? Or do I have to just make a shape behind the text instead?