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PR: Blatner Tools InDesign Plug-ins Updated for CS5

Blatner Tools Plug-ins for InDesign CS5 Released

Prague/Seattle, August 24, 2010 — DTP Tools announces the immediate availability of Blatner Tools for InDesign CS5. Blatner Tools is a suite of 12 InDesign plug-ins. This collection offers over 100 additional features for InDesign users, including the ability to:

  • automatically create character and paragraph styles and apply them across an entire document quickly
  • find and replace colors
  • manage keyboard shortcuts
  • browse undo list (History panel)
  • automatic creation of professionally formatted fractions
  • live typographic preflight tests

Blatner Tools also contains a PRO version of the popular Keyboard Shortcuts and David Blatner InDesign tips plug-ins, which are no longer available as a free plug-ins for CS5.

AVAILABILITY: The Blatner Tools version 1.0 14?days trial version , for InDesign CS3 – CS5, and for Mac OS and Windows, is available for immediate download at:

or at the direct download links:

About David Blatner: David Blatner is the world?s most-recognized authority on Adobe InDesign. He is the author of 15 books, the co-host of, and the editorial director of InDesign Magazine. Over a half-million copies of his books are in print in 16 languages, winning him awards and praise from readers. He has spoken at conferences and workshops around North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Japan, and South Africa.

About DTP Tools: DTP Tools is a leading provider of InDesign and InCopy solutions. With widely-renowned plug-ins such as History, Cross-References, and Page Control, we help make tens of thousands of worldwide InDesign users more efficient and more fun. Check out our site to find how our other plug-ins can help you save more time and money in the production process! For more information, email

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7 Comments on “PR: Blatner Tools InDesign Plug-ins Updated for CS5

  1. I was looking at the pricing for this. Is there an Educational discount by chance? I work at a University and these tools would be helpful here at work.

    If there is no educational discount then I will talk to my supervisor to see if we can get these tools for our computers.

  2. I was sad to see that keyboard shortcuts is no longer a free plugin for InDesign CS5, which now requires me to purchase the entire Blatner Tools set. I have no interest in any of the other tools in this set. Any chance this will be free in the near future?

  3. @inkeye: Please check with support [at] for educational and site license discounts.

    @Jason: I see your point, but I’m curious as to why you say you have no interest in the other tools. If you use keyboard shortcuts enough to want the plug-in, then you would probably also find it useful to apply keyboard shortcuts to your color swatches, styles, layers, and a dozen or more other features in InDesign that do not normally have shortcuts.

    Similarly, if you’re a power user, you probably wish you could find/change colors, create style reports, compare two or more styles, use the quality assurance panel to clean up common mistakes, and so on.

    Blatner Tools is 1/3 off until the end of November, so it’s only $99 for the whole package. You could save so much time you’d pay for it in a day or two!

  4. @David: I guess what I was saying is that I like those other tools, but I’m so anal about how I structure my files that I would only use them once in a blue moon. Key commands for swatches would be cool, but since I’m building my object, paragraph and character styles with swatches, I don’t have a need for manual key command overrides. And since I can apply key commands to those styles and also use quick apply, I feel that I have that covered. Maybe I’m not understanding the full extent of your plugins, but I didn’t find them nearly as useful as the keyboard shortcuts plugin. To be perfectly honest, I’d be willing to drop some coin on that plugin alone (withing reason). But, $99 is an awful lot for one thing out of the package.

  5. @Jason: Those are good points (though I still bet you’d find a lot of good use from the other plug-ins). But I’ll talk to the dtptools folks and see what can be done.

  6. @David: Thanks. I really appreciate it. If it weren’t a free download for the past two versions I wouldn’t have a problem with it. It really is one of the best plug-ins I’ve ever installed into InDesign, so I don’t blame you guys for wanted to charge a fee.

  7. I purchased Blatner Tools when I purchased InDesign CS5 last spring. I just purchased the upgrade to InDesgin CS5.5. After I installed Blatner Tools, I can no longer find them in CS5.5. Where are they and how do I access them?

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