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InReview: Cacidi Charts CC

InDesign Magazine issue 104: Accessibility
This article appeared in Issue 104 of InDesign Magazine.

Jamie McKee reviews a tool that gives InDesign users the ability to make and edit charts right in InDesign.

Sooner or later every InDesign user, needs to make a chart. In the past, that task usually meant launching Excel or attempting to figure out Illustrator’s odd charting feature. But a new InDesign plug-in could change all that, letting you easily create charts directly on your InDesign pages.

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Jamie McKee

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Jamie McKee is a book designer and typesetter for university presses throughout the US and England, specializing in moving text from Microsoft Word to InDesign. More information about him can be found at mackeycomposition.com .
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2 Comments on “InReview: Cacidi Charts CC

  1. Hello,
    I tried this plugin on following the recommendation in a previous issue of your mag. Unfortunately the experience has not been good. If you use the trial plugin be aware that it will place huge amount of data and files throughout InDesign. Deleting the plugin from the plugins folder is not enough to remove it completely. If you open a document after you have installed the plugin, whether you intend to use a chart or graph or not, plugin data will be place into that document. If you don’t want the plugin and remove it after the trial, every time you open a document a warning box will appear stating you have a missing plugin. If you send a document to another designer or package it up, the plugin data will still be present, so anyone opening the doc will get the warning. The only way to remove the plugin is to open any documents you opened or started with the plugin installed, save the file as a IDML, open the IDML and re-save your doc. I have contacted the makers and they admit there are issues with the uninstall. Cacidi have issued a script that basically does the previous step, open, IDML, open and re-save. If you have a few documents on the go, this may not be an issue. We have dozens and have local and federal government departments as clients. As we share files with them, we have to be ultra careful that they are clean. We had to spend almost a week going through and checking our files and re-saving them to ensure they were ok. Whilst the basic principle of the plugin is a good idea and brings a lot of needed features to InDesign. Be aware when using the trial and the potential problems it may cause. If you use it, like it and it fills a need in your workflow, by all means purchase the plugin.

    • I second Drew’s concern about the plugin. I emailed Cacidi Sales and Support reps and they told me that there is nothing they can do to prevent it from adding data fields to all documents. Since it does that, anybody else who you share files with will need to have the Cacidi plugin installed on every computer if they want to either package files or open them without the warning. The only way they can package files is to save as IDML files and when you’re late in the game on a large document with tons of images that’s the last thing you want to worry about.

      Just trying this as a demo wreaked havoc because I work for lots of other designers and every one of them got the warning message and were unable to package any of their files I had opened. This is a huge drawback in my opinion.

      It’s too bad, but the result is that the only way you can use it is if you are the only one working on your files, or if everybody else also has a copy.

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