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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 55

The tragic disasters in New Zealand and Japan have been a reminder to us how important it is to help each other out, no matter where our friends and colleagues are. We hope you’ll consider a donation to a relief agency at this time. In fact, if you donate more than NZ$20 to a Red Cross fund, Rorohiko will give you a free license for the excellent Text Exporter plug-in!

In other news, we’re so pleased to announce that because of people-helpling-people, Marijan Tompa will be able to travel from his home in Subotica, Serbia, to the 2011 Print and ePublishing Conference in Washington DC in May! This is a great story of the worldwide InDesign community pitching in to help this very deserving guy. Of course, we hope to see you at the PeP Conference, too!

Here’s more good news and help from around the globe:

Interactive and eBooks

Not Really About InDesign, but Interesting

  • Some of you were at last year’s Print and ePublishing Conference in Seattle and got a chance to tour the Adobe offices there. I was so pleased to see that this building has gotten this award for being super duper “eco-green”!
  • I’m intrigued by this new “standard” that Adobe is proposing, called CSS Regions.
  • Since you’re probably also an Illustrator user (if you’re not, you should be!) you should know about Mordy Golding’s Real World Illustrator book and blog. Here’s a good article called Convert PDF Pages to Illustrator Artboards.
  • Are you curious about tatoos? Do you have one? I love Ina Saltz’s Body Type books. Wow.
  • And in case you missed this horrible/funny magazine cover “typo”… check it out. (I say “typo” because there’s a reasonably good chance this was photoshopped. Nevertheless, it’s a good argument for careful proofreading!)


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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8 Comments on “This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 55

  1. David, concerning DTPtools and the layer tools, i didn’t find an answer to a question i’m having watching the video or the website :
    How does a document made with layer groups and comps turn when it’s opened on an indesign that has none of the plugins ?

    Is it just save to the last state ?

    Is there some “export layer comps to files” feature to be able to deal with multiple orientations ?

    Does it play nice by changing the whole document’s page setting in that case ?

  2. What happened to the GREP for getting rid of orphans? The link above no longer works and I can only find ones that address certain sizes of words (5-10 characters, for example). I want the one that gets rid of ALL Orphans! I know about NO BREAK character style. It is the GREP I am having issues with. Thanks and much the love all the time.

    • Diane, it looks like that link has gone dead. Sad. Do you want something that applies No Break to the whole word, no matter how long it is? You could use something like . \w+[[:punct:]]$ (which means any character followed by a space followed by a word followed by punctuation, followed by the end of the paragraph.)

    • Well, it’s hard to troubleshoot these kinds of things in the comments at the bottom of a blog, Diane. Can you perhaps open a forum post and I’ll reply there? Or email me directly.

  3. I understand, David. I just mainly wanted to know why the link was dead. or where I could find that info.

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