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This Month in InDesign Articles, June 2018

As you know, earlier this month we were all “head’s down” working on CreativePro Week. But now that it’s done for the year, it’s time to relax, look around, and explore what’s going on in the world of InDesign and publishing. Here are some fun articles and links you should probably look through:


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5 Comments on “This Month in InDesign Articles, June 2018

  1. Couldn’t agree more with Colin’s advice that trashing preferences should be the last trouble shooting resort; I’d be deleting and reinstalling the app well before trashing those.

    Over the years I’ve seen so many people lose days of production time because all of sudden Indesign isn’t tailored to their specific workflow anymore.

    Cheers, Gobit

    • I would certainly hate to loose all mu ID prefs, that’s why I back them up whenever I make changes to prefs.
      Quit InDesign and copy the prefs file somewhere handy, on a Mac, for CC2017 it’s
      /Users/yourHomeFolder/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 12.0/en_US/InDesign Defaults
      Substitute your ID version number. Then replace that file with a copy of your backup file after you delete your prefs and quit InDeign first.

      That way deleting pref can be my first troubleshooting steps.

      AFAIK, all that I loose that way is some advanced printer preset settings which are easy to recreate as I need them.
      IF you haven’t set your user library to be visible, get to it by holding the option key and choosing Library from FInder’s “Go” menu.

    • Agreed! In providing support for hundreds of designers, I’ve learned to try the least invasive fixes first. We’ve seen a lot of interface glitches in recent CC versions, and while we used to do a full trash of preferences, we’ve found that deleting only the InDesign SavedData file fixes most of them:

      /Users/[User Name]/Library/Caches/Adobe InDesign/Version [#]/en_US/InDesign SavedData

      Style panel glitches, “ghosting” panels, empty preflight panels, and the Package dialog that grows with every use, have all been fixed that way, with preferences left intact.

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