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This Month in InDesign Articles, February 2016

Hold down the Option/Alt key! Double-click! Press Esc and stand on one leg! Okay, that’s enough InDesign tips for today. Now let’s look at this collection of articles and interesting links I’ve been collecting for you:


David Blatner

David Blatner

David Blatner is the co-founder of the Creative Publishing Network, InDesign Magazine, and the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign. His InDesign videos at are among the most watched InDesign training in the world. You can find more about David at
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6 Comments on “This Month in InDesign Articles, February 2016

  1. Love the articles this month, David.

    However, regarding Cari Jansen’s: Learn Adobe InDesign CC etc., etc., Peachpit/Adobepress has let the side down. I purchased this book on the 14 February 2016 and only 3 project files had been uploaded to the Peachpit/Adobepress site. Granted the team rectified that situation within 24 hours. Not only that the videos and links don’t work. (I am not the only one complaining!!) :)

    Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents, as this happens on a regular basis with InDesign CC CIB!!! Don’t they like InDesign CC at Peachpit/Adobepress? :) :)

    So, I’m going back to at least their videos work! The site will most probably crash now I’ve said that!!!!! :)

    • Anita: Wow! Thank you for letting us know. I’m sorry to hear about that problem; I was not aware of it. I do know that Peachpit is currently going through a pretty massive upheaval and change these days. We’ll investigate.

      • Many thanks for your response/investigation.

        Tech Support mentioned that they were going through a massive restructuring programme and that’s why I haven’t sent any more emails.There’s nothing worse than being pestered when going through a corporate upheaval.

  2. Thanks, David, for chasing Peachpit.

    I gather its an experiment on their part, but they really should make sure everything functions – links, videos, etc., before launching the product on the open market and charging for it. Otherwise, it’s just off-putting! I’ve had a look at it today and its still not functioning properly.

    So, I’ve downloaded all my InDesign CIBs and am watching your videos on, which are far, far better anyway………! I only bought it as I thought I needed to refresh my skills.

    It’s like reading a transcript of a video and the tutor is talking about Kuler and whoever updated the website used the spelling Cooler!!!!!!!!!!!! Not only is it off-putting but excruciating. As a proofreader, in a former life, it’s absolutely painful when they can’t even spell the name of the software correctly.

    Unfortunately, both manual and video lose credibility!!

    Gosh it really has been a long week. :)

  3. HI David; I am re-watching your Insider Training Interactive PDFs (January 2014) and came to InDesignSecrets to see if anything has changed/improved with Interactive PDF. I read Bob Levine’s piece (and all the comments) that you recommended above.

    I produce a PDF newsletter that is read mainly on desktop (Mac and Windows) that currently just has hyperlinks. I would like to add just one thing: Slideshows. (Simple ones where you can click on a photo/caption and another photo/caption takes its place.)

    Right now I just recommend that our readers get Adobe Reader or Acrobat—and I have to avoid creating anything interactive except hyperlinks. Do I have any options/hope on the horizon for slideshows? Publish Online? FXL ePub? Export to Acrobat DC and somehow create the slideshows there?

    Thanks for your huge knowledge base, your clear manner of teaching, and the fact that you reply to comments often and surprisingly quickly!

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