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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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Open .indd files without InDesign

Is there any OS X freeware that can be used to open and view .indd files or alternatively something that can convert them to some other format?
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Auto updating an image and its thumbnail version in a document

I've looked around a bit and I can't seem to find what I'm looking for, hopefully you guys can help. I'm building a calendar template for a client because he has 15-20 different calendars he needs to ...
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How to print a double-sided, tiled print from an InDesign file?

I have a 22in x 69in chart that I need to print tiled from InDesign CC. It is double-sided. Can I print both sides as 1 tiled print, so I don't have to assemble both sides separately?
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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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Numbering pages and subsections

I've read through a few threads and tried section numbers, but can't work this out. `Pg1 - cover Pg2 - contents Pg3 - section a cover Pg4 - section a 1 of 2 Pg5 - section a 2 of 2 Pg6 - section ...
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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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Is there a difference between the actual ruler and InDesign's inches scale?

I am pretty new to InDesign. I have set my scale to measure in inches. Today I had an actual physical-ruler (like the one image below) lying around so I picked it up and compared it with the scale on ...
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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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How do I fix a gap in text in inDesign?

I have text that flows from page to page and all of the pages look good - except one! In the middle of the paragraph there is about a 2 inch gap before the next line of text shows. As far as I can see ...
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Indesign GREP: find everything before a matching sequence

Couldn't exactly find the answer in other threads. Here's what I'm trying to accomplish: In the below example I want to apply a GREP style by finding only the title of the artwork. In this case, only ...
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What course work/requirement I need to be a web designer? [on hold]

Hi I am a graphic designer with many years experience in the field as both in corporate America and as a freelancer. I have wanted to branch out into Web Design for sometime now. I am not sure where ...
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'Cutting' type in InDesign

Is there a way, using the Scissors tool, to cut type into pieces within InDesign? I've converted said type to outlines, but when I use the Scissors tool I'm only able to bend existing points. Below is ...
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Help to print book with 8/5x11 pages on 11x17 booklet in reader spread?

I have an Adobe book. The book has five files with each page being 8.5 X 11. I want to print the entire book, on 11X17 in reader sequence. How do I do that? Art
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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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Have separate page number per master page side spread-sheet in Indesign

So I have a document with page spreads, let's say left page has master page A set, and right page has master page B. This for all subsequent pages. A-B, A-B, and so forth. What I want is to have all ...
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Creating a PDF file with variables

Is there a way to prepare a PDF file in any of the programs in the Adobe Creative Suit, making a part of it change with input from the user? For example, you make an invitation template. You make the ...
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How to fix disproportional scaling across multiple images at the same time in InDesign?

In InDesign CS6, you have to directly select an image and scale up or down after clicking the "constrain proportions" chain-link button in order to revert the proportions back to normal. When ...
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InDesign CC has taken away some important image resizing functionality, and it's annoying [closed]

In InDesign CS4 I used to be able to do a layout placing TIFFs and sometimes they ended up being too large for my needs in the end. When the layout becomes approved I would go into Photoshop and ...
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How do I get Adobe InDesign CS6 to export high quality PNGs?

I am having trouble exporting PNGs from Adobe Indesign. The problem is they become very pixelated once they have been exported to PNG. However, when I export to JPEG, there is no pixelation, they look ...
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Setting quote type for Indesign paragraph style

In an Indesign document, I have two kinds of paragraphs: Normal (English) text, and source code snippets. In the normal text, Indesign is very clever, so I get nice typographers quotes, and all is ...
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Adobe Indesign automatic deletion of overflow text

Indesign CS5.5 (v7.5.2) Is there an automated method to simply remove all overset text in a text frame? I don't want it hidden by a smaller frame. I want it gone. I spend so much time simply ...
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Is there a quick/easy way to scale one line of text to match another in Illustrator?

I find myself having to do this kind of thing fairly often: ie have a line of smaller text underneath a bigger one, matching widths. I usually do this by placing the smaller text directly over ...
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Indesign running-header character style doesnt work if characters are the number in a list

I have a list [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and in the paragraph style is set that the number [1, 2, 3, 4...] is of character style A. Now I set a variable for the character style A and it doesn't show up the ...
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PDF page transitions in InDesign--compatibilty issues? [closed]

I've built an Interactive PDF with InDesign with "push" page transitions. As the file is set up now, when hitting the forward button, the new page pushes in from the right. When hitting the back ...
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Uploaded pdfs are blurry on LinkedIn profile page

On my LinkedIn profile page (under the Summary), uploaded pdfs look blurry. Individually, when selected, the quality is fine. Files are created in InDesign CS5 using Adobe preset "High Quality Print", ...
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Text Frame Expand To Column Guides

Is it possible to make selected text frames automatically expand to fit in between two column guides? Or perhaps make their left and right edges snap to the closest column guide.
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InDesign PNG Not Exporting Text Smoothly

Whenever I export a design as a PNG, the text on it looks all funny: It reminds me of when, in Photoshop, you mess around with the 'font smoothing' bit of the character panel. Except in InDesign, ...
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PNG from Illustrator placed in InDesign exports badly in PDF?

Sorry about the title but I'm not quite sure how to word it. Hopefully this will help explain it more: Click image to enlarge
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Pixels in inserted images inDesign

I scanned some sketches and changes some colours in photoshop,then I saved the image as a psd file on my desktop.The problem now is that I want to use them in inDesign and when I insert them they have ...
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Issues with a Word document converted from Indesign: headers and footers [closed]

I have a newsletter template that was created in Indesign and converted to a word document. I only have the word template and do not own Indesign. Can someone explain how to keep the text of my ...
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How to export a PDF file from Indesign. (text should be non selectable and file size should be smaller) [migrated]

I tried to export a PDF from indesign CC3, with "smallest File size" preset. Its giving me very good result, the exported PDF file size is 2.8mb But when I converted text to outline, the PDF size ...
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How to export large amount of objects to separate images in InDesign?

I have this photo album with two layers, layouted in InDesign (CS6): On the first layer I have all the graphic elements (the gras and the yellow elements) On the second layer are portraits (the ...
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Changing InDesign Master Text Size After the Fact

I am just wondering (if u dont mind helping me with a question)......if I create a master page, and then I edit the text in the actual page (therefore overriding it), and then go back to the master ...
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How to upload .ase to kuler

Is it possible to upload my .ase swatches to kuler? This seems like a function that should exist, since Ai, Ps, and Id all have an applet dedicated to Kuler, but I can only move palettes in one ...
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Printing poster from inDesign file

I've inherited an InDesign file and I'm new to the software. I need to send an exported PDF to print a 30"x40" poster from this InDesign file. The InDesign file was designed as a simple flyer, at ...
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How to set page size for Postscript output file in Adobe InDesign CS5?

I want to export a document to a postscript file in InDesign CS5. How can I set the page size for the document? Sadly, the option is disabled in my preferences window. Here is a screenshot of a ...
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Chapter numbering breaks by skipping a title

I'm translating a book and the original has the following headers: 1 1.1 1.1.1 1.1.2 1.2 1.3 2 3 3.1.1 My level 3 numbering uses ^1.^2.^# What happens is that, since ther's no 3.1, the numbering ...
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Can I save layers as a template in InDesign CS6?

Is there a way to set up layers without data & style sheets & color in a file and save as a template so that when I open a new document of that particular layout those layers are already ...
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In InDesign, is it possible to hide the Web Content loading icon?

I am using web content layouts to make sure my animations are shown on the iPad. If I display the magazine on an iPad, I can see a loading icon on opening the page, right before the animation starts. ...
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Data merge of multiple records returns field name only

I'm trying to data merge multiple records on a page. The single record per page works fine. But when I try for multiple records through the master page I get this: Any suggestions?
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How to make my magazine online?

I have created magazine in iD for print. Therefore its size is very big. How can I comprime its size so I can use it online? Maybe some settings of iD would help or software? How do you publish pdf ...
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InDesign CS6 - Content conveyor: placing collected objects (links) at their original positions

With the intent of easily updating elements across several pages I am using the content collector tool to place linked objects. I am finding it unpractical to precisely position several collected ...
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How to make millimeters the default measurement unit in Adobe InDesign?

Almost all of my design requirements are given in millimeters, not points, pica, or any other classical measurement. I design for board games, and the printer's specifications always list their ...
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Force indesign to backup / autosave / keep backup copy

We recently had an incident were we lost some work in a indesign file, although indesign by default autosaves every minute the issue we had is that when the program was closed it prompted us to either ...
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InDesign CC: Text not filling all of text boxes

I am using Indesign CC to make a newsletter from a template/grandfathered document. It has a 2 column design with images and captions etc. to go with the main text which has headings within it. For ...
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INDESIGN: How do I unlock an object larger than the page?

I have an object larger than the pasteboard. It's lock icon is outside in the grey field and not visible. How do I unlock it?
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Adobe Indesign frame converted to text frame right aligns

I have spent the last couple of days trying to get a colleague's build of Indesign cc 2014 to behave. She is in the habit of creating a rectangle frame and then immediately converting it to a text ...
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How to select all objects in the entire document?

I need to select all elements in the document so that I can perform actions on all of them (don't ask me which actions, please). CTRL+A selects only elements on the spread but I need all pages.
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Importing AI pages into InDesign

Is it better to save AI pages as pdf and then export them as jpg files for input into master indesign document? (Lots of photos, minimal text)