InDesignSecrets Podcast 178

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  • Golden Oldie post: Find Where That Color’s Used
  • Readers Nominate Most Ridiculous Features in InDesign
    • So many, so little time  (Story panel?)
    • How dare you call my fave feature ridiculous!
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Save Query

4 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 178

  1. The obscure feature of the week came at just the right time. I finally got around to learning how to format fractions using GREP and in the tutorial I followed (, the author says to use find change to find a regular slash and replace it with a fraction slash in order for the grep styles to take effect. Now, I can save my find change query to eliminate yet another step!
    Thank you both, once again, for another great tip (perhaps this should be an InDesignSecrets newsletter tip of the week?)

  2. Great episode guys. I wanted to jump through my iPod and join the discussion on ridiculous features. However, I feel that the internal ridiculous features pale in comparison to the inconsistencies between Adobe apps. Even just between InDesign and Illustration ? which are both vector programs ? there are dozens, if not hundreds, of inconsistencies that drive me batty.

    Also, I actually use the colour “Sulfur” for my baseline grid. Not sure why, but it seems to fit for me, and doesn’t confuse me with any other guides or layers since it’s so far down the list. Needless the say, that grid is never in the back (a silly feature).

    Keep doing your thing. I learn stuff every episode, even though I use the app every day.

  3. Wow, you read my entire list! Funny thing is, after I wrote that list, the very next day I started using the arrange windows drop down menu in the application frame. I’ve actually found a use for it! And it’s also funny that you mentioned Lipstick. That’s my User Color. InDesign is the only place I actually use lipstick (never in real life!).

  4. Hello, Time Machine!
    I’m sitting on a train catching up on old podcasts.
    I just want to quibble with the uselessness of the “Guides in Back” checkbox. We actually use it that way by default.

    David said, “Why would you ever want to put your guides in back of your object so you can’t see them?

    That’s not functionally what Guides in Back does. It puts the guides behind non-transparent objects. In my world, which is newspapers, most of our textframes are transparent, and most graphics frames are opaque. So we see guides through text boxes and not through images.

    That’s really handy, because most of the time we care about guides for lining things up, but not for lining up the internal content of frames. It’s extremely rare that we ever want to see a guide over a photo. And text frames we’ll resize to hit column guides (e.g. going from a 4-col textframe to a 3-col textframe) where seeing the target column guide helps.

    Sure, we could hide guides completely. But that’s rarely necessary. It’s nice to work with guides on, as long as they’re not too-distracting. This helps.

    Now, it so happens that I have a script (bound to Control-G, on a Mac where Control-anything is available), to toggle Guides in Back. I almost never use it…and I think none of my colleagues ever do.

    It’s like this; real short:

    (function () {
    var p=app.activeDocument.guidePreferences;
    p.guidesInBack = !p.guidesInBack;

    in case anyone cares. :)

    p.s.: Mini-Bridge had an About panel because it was developed by a separate team and they thought it was fun, I think. But…I reported a bug in the About panel in the CS6 dev cycle and the response was to kill the About panel, so now it’s gone :(

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