InDesignSecrets Podcast 095


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  • Trip reports: David in Dubai and at Macworld; Anne-Marie at lynda.com recording studio and at the Chicago InDesign User Group
  • News: InDesignProxy update; Leopard update fixes InDesign hiding glitch
  • Follow InDesignSecrets on Twitter
  • The vestigial Master Text Frame checkbox in the New Document dialog
  • Five Quizzler winners and their favorite InDesignSecrets posts from 2008!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Skip by Leading
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8 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 095

  1. Hi Anne-Marie and David. I enjoyed the show!

    Two issues with Skip by Leading:

    1. When the interruption is at the top of a column, InDesign ignores the preference. PageMaker used to get this right by using the leading from the last line of the previous column. There’s not much you can do about this but grit your teeth.

    2. If you are setting text that includes inline math equations (e.g., from MathType), then Autoleading will push a line down from the previous line of text to make space for that part of the equation that is above the baseline, but what to do about that which is below the baseline? Answer: switch on Jump Object Text Wrap for the equation. This will push the next line of text down below that part of the equation that extends below the baseline. But, if you have Skip by Leading on, it pushes it down to the next leading increment. For this you have to switch off Skip by Leading — in my opinion, this should be a per-object setting, not a document-wide one.

    Dave

  2. Lost my text wrap,
    What’ll I do?
    Lost my text wrap,
    What’ll I do?
    Lost my text wrap,
    What’ll I do?
    Skip by my leading, my darlin’.

    Skip, skip, skip by my leading,
    Skip, skip, skip by my leading,
    Skip, skip, skip by my leading,
    Skip by my leading, my darlin’.

    I’ll ignore text wrap
    better than you,
    I’ll ignore text wrap
    better than you,
    I’ll ignore text wrap
    better than you,
    Skip by my leading, my darlin’.

    Skip, skip, skip by my leading,
    Skip, skip, skip by my leading,
    Skip, skip, skip by my leading,
    Skip by my leading, my darlin’.

  3. @Dave: Thank you for those comments on Skip by Leading. If I didn’t say that it only works in the middle of a column (that is, text above and below), then I should have. Very good point. I agree that having more object-level control would be good.

    It’s also true that when its off InDesign often skips some space, but the amount always baffles me. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Grrr.

    Meanwhile, I hope we didn’t sound too zoned out in this episode. It was late night for Anne-Marie and I felt kind of out of it myself. Realized the next day that I had a fever and ended up on antibiotics. Happy to be home and recovering now.

  4. Regarding the OFotWEEE

    Preferences are for letting the users choose how the program interacts with them. Proper examples of preferences are units, spelling language, and Story Editor display. Changing preferences should not change the way the current document looks. Preferences also should not change how copied text appears when pasted in another document.

    Preferences are not for storing options that will have a global effect of the appearance of a document. Things that should not be preferences include Advanced Type preferences (superscript and subscript), Skip by Leading, and Text Wrap Only Affects Text Beneath. Those commands belong (respectively) in the Character panel, the Text Wrap panel, and the toilet (as it is only there to keep QuarkXPress users from getting smarter).

    It’s frustrating that Adobe seems reluctant to add truly useful options to Preferences, yet leaves in so many options that don’t belong there, or anywhere.

  5. David, just a detail but the sound of this podcast is much better! Volume, deepness, are you using a different microphone in Dubai? You should keep it for the next shows. Maybe I’m the only one, but I often listen to you while commuting and have always been uncomfortable with the sound quality and volume. Just wanted to say that this episode is a welcome improvement.

    Great content deserves great sound!
    Thanks // ep

  6. @ep: That’s very interesting! Yes, I was actually using a new headset — another Plantronics, but this time a travel-sized one that came with a copy of MacSpeech Dictate. I’m glad you thought it was better quality. I’ll try using it again.

  7. As for creating PDFs from files in Acrobat, if you want specific resolution and crops etc, like you would have for export from InDesign, do you have to have everything set up in InDesign AND a specific Distiller setting open? I know if I want to have a high resolution or printer spec to happen with Export to PDF, I have to have the right Distiller setting pulled down. Was this addressed already? Do I make any sense?
    D
    PS is it wrong that I smile when A-M freaks out and gets excited about things?

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