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Every Single InDesignSecrets Podcast on One Page

I was doing a quick Google search for a fixed-layout EPUB question and one of the top hits was for an InDesignSecrets page I’d never seen before:

I clicked on the page link and it brought me to a page I hadn’t realized existed, the InDesignSecrets podcast archives! It’s a page (site, actually) that’s automatically generated and updated by Libsyn.com (our podcast host) whenever we publish a new episode. It contains the recordings, the Show Notes, links, sponsor deals, and anything else we wrote up  for every single one of our 175+ podcasts, dating back to Episode 1 on November 29, 2005!

Navigation links down the left let you find podcasts by month and year, or you can use the Search field at the bottom left to search for any text that appeared in our Show Notes. Wondering if we covered a particularly confusing InDesign command as an Obscure Feature of the Week? Just type it into the Search field.

I love this page because it’s the complete collection of our shows (unlike on iTunes, where only the shows after episode 76 are available) and it’s easy to scroll through dozens of shows at a time. Yes, our own site also has the complete collection of our podcasts, but it’s more difficult to navigate, and it’s a pain to search for something that was only mentioned in a podcast, since our site’s search engine always searches the entire site. (On the other hand, the Libsyn.com page doesn’t have the comments that listeners add to the podcasts – you can only find them on our site.)

I couldn’t resist clicking through to revisit Episode 1 on the Libsyn.com page. Episode 1’s show notes were brief: “Introductions, Embedding graphics, Multi-column frames, CMYK Swatches, Friendly Alien.” We didn’t start the Obscure Feature of the Week until episode 3 – fast-forward to about 19:45 in to hear us introduce the concept and debut the first one.

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on lynda.com on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at amarie@cpn.co or on Twitter @amarie
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3 Comments on “Every Single InDesignSecrets Podcast on One Page

  1. Very cool, Anne-Marie. You and David should be proud of all you’ve done for the InDesign community!

    And now when you and David are considering an Obscure Feature of the Week (eek! eek! eek!) you can make easily sure you’re not duplicating yourself.

  2. On the other hand (says he as one who began listening to the podcasts much later than episode 1), I see no harm in revisiting Obscure Features of the Week (eek! eek! eek!) because some of them have given very useful tips.
    I guess to maintain integrity, A-M and D would need to acknowledge when a feature was being revisited, but it would still be useful to newer followers of the podcasts. Perhaps call it ?revisited??
    And I agree with Steve, A-M and D should be very proud of what they have done — and continue to do — for the InDesign community.

  3. Excellent work by your podcast host, I am sure there are loads of them in there that I might have missed. Listened to the very first episode and got my friendly alien working.
    Also picked up very useful hint as well

    Keep up the great work David And Anne
    You both are a great benefit to all indesign users!

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