Free Webinar: Secrets of the Adobe InDesign Masters

Sorry for the late notice, but all this came together just recently: We (Anne-Marie and David, your friendly hosts of InDesignSecrets) will be presenting a free webinar, “Secrets of the InDesign Masters” on Wednesday, February 12th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. (West coasters: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

Sign-up for the Secrets of the Adobe InDesign Masters webinar

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We’ll be live, broadcasting from our desktops, covering our favorite topic. We want to show not just our favorite new features in InDesign CC, but also as many of our favorite “power tips” (regardless of which version of InDesign you’re using) as we can cram into an hour. We’re hoping to cover:

  • How to get the most out of InDesign
  • Using Typekit fonts in your InDesign layouts
  • Why the Hyperlinks panel has recently changed from good to awesome
  • Essential shortcuts that every InDesign user should know about
  • Latest tips for making high-quality EPUBs
  • Productivity techniques for working with Photoshop, Illustrator, and the rest of the Creative Suite
  • Best practices for working with text from Microsoft Word:

A little ambitious? Maybe. :-D Okay, each one of these bullet points could be its own hour-long webinar, but we’re bound and determined to give you the highlights of all of them.

Hope to see you there! Again, the webinar is free, but you need to register to get the logon information.

Update: Here’s the recording from the webinar. (You must have Flash player to view it.)

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19 Comments on “Free Webinar: Secrets of the Adobe InDesign Masters

  1. See you there! (I thought it was a little strange that there wasn’t a blog post about it, but you never know…. ;-) )

  2. Joost: We THINK it was recorded… waiting to see how we get access to it. :)

    Paul: You can use our Contact page if you’d like.

    For those who are curious: We had major technical difficulties during the webinar. Three or four crashes. We tried to soldier on as best we could, but it certainly ate into the flow. Sigh. We learned a lot during the session, though… one thing I think we need to do is do more focused webinars… not just “general tips,” but webinars on particular topics.

    Every day is a learning experience. :)

  3. Tech problems aside, I learned some new things and generally had a great time. You two handled the issues with grace and good humor.

    I do agree with Davids comment regarding focusing the content. I think concentrating on GREP (hint, hint) for an hour would really give me a leg up.

    Thanks for everything you do for the InDesign community!

  4. Missed this by a week! Never mind, I’ve watched the recorded version — thanks you guys!

    One question: will you make available the ebook you mention at the end with lots of helpful info to folk who saw the webinar later? How can we register interest in receiving that?

    Secondly, related to your procedure for eliminating local formatting in imported documents, it strikes me that if a font in the document has an Oblique version rather than an Italic one, your process won’t pick that up — and a user could run the process and carry on with a false sense of security, thinking all instances of emphasis or titles had been captured. So to be absolutely sure, one should run one search for local italic, and then another for local oblique, n’est-ce pas? Which brings me to a wished-for feature — it would be great if we could have the option to select more than one option in the Find box (ie, italic and oblique) and have all instances of both convert to an Italic (or Oblique) character style.

    One final question: I’m still happily running OSX 10.6.8 and using Adobe CC. This excludes me from using TypeKit desktop fonts within the Adobe CC apps (I’m too elderly, apparently!). Have you come across any workaround for this, or do I just have to Get Modern?

    • And returning to the local formatting issue, it’s not just ‘emphasis’ which presents problems: ‘strong’ can be represented by ‘semibold’, ‘medium’, ‘black’ — maybe even ‘regular’ (if you’re setting body copy in a ‘light’ font weight). And then what about emphasis within strong blocks of type: a phrase in ‘bolditalic’ won’t be picked up by a search for italics. David Blatner’s PowerStyles plug-in takes us a lot further than this approach by capturing ALL local formatting and mapping to comparable character styles at the outset. I’m currently hanging out for the update which will work with InDesign CC. Hint . . . hint . . .

      • KaptitKit: Well, I’m not sure I’m supposed to say this publicly, but the good news is that I am working with a beta of PowerStyles in CC right now. There have been some significant technical hurdles in them getting it finished, but it’s coming!

      • Yes, your Czech mates (chess anyone?) have been keeping me informed. Can’t wait. I mentioned it here because I thought you might be avoiding the topic . . . However, in your impartial, professional opinion (maybe Anne-Marie should answer this) do the local formatting complexities I describe above need a more rigorous approach than you advise in the webinar? PowerStyles certainly seems to cover the bases — it’s real peace of mind for designers to know that ALL variants of local formatting will be registered and dealt with.

      • Well, there is really nothing that Power Styles does that you can’t do manually in InDesign. It’s just that power styles lets you do it far faster! Yes, you could find all the different local formatting (semibold, bold, bold italic, etc.) and make them into character styles yourself. There are also scripts that can do this. But Power Styles lets you do it quickly, as a menu item right inside the program, and more.

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