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InDesign CC 2018 complete tour of preferences

• NEW! A 12-page PDF document hand-out of InDesign CC 2018 preferences. It is based on version 13.0. It shows all preferences and global adjustments to the program and includes information about how to preserve and reset preferences. This PDF document contains a unified Mac and a Windows version of all the preferences dialog box screenshots. The physical page size is Letter size at 8.5 x 11 inches.

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InDesign CC 2018 tour of 23 presets, styles, automations

• A PDF tour of 23 presets, styles, and automations updated for Adobe InDesign CC 2018 (and applicable to earlier versions back to CS3). Presets help workflow productivity. 8-pages. 8.5" x 11"

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InDesign CC 2018 JavaScripts for Productivity

• A PDF article called InDesign CC 2018 JavaScripts for Productivity (Mac & Win). How to find, install, and use JavaScripts with InDesign CC. 4 pages.

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InDesign CC 2018 troubleshooting how-to guide

• A PDF article called InDesign CC 2018 Troubleshooting How-to Guide for Mac & Win. How to reset preferences as well as a step-by-step checklist strategy of what to do when your InDesign app crashes or your document becomes corrupted. The number of tips and tricks has been expanded over the previous version. 8.5 x 11 inches at 4 pages.

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InDesign CC 2018 common keyboard shortcuts

• A two-page PDF document hand-out of InDesign CC 2018 frequently-used keyboard shortcuts including zoom, pan, and text formatting. This contains both a Mac and a Windows version of this keyboard shortcut cheatsheet. 8.5 x 11 inches.

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InDesign CC 2018 operational shortcuts

• NEW! A two-page PDF document hand-out of InDesign CC 2018 operational keyboard shortcuts covering many of the not-obvious gestures used to place text, resize frames, and more. This contains both a Mac and a Windows version of this keyboard shortcut cheatsheet. 8.5 x 11 inches.

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InDesign CC 2018 onscreen characters

• InDesign CC 2018 Onscreen Characters: a visual look-up guide that helps to identify the names of all the onscreen typesetting characters. Knowing what the symbols are called allows you to look up info about them in the help system. Mac and Windows. 8.5 x 11 inches.

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InDesign CC 2018 tools panel and modifier keys

• A one-page PDF hand-out showing all 49 InDesign CC 2018 tools, along with keyboard shortcuts, and all modifier key combinations that change the behavior of each tool. This PDF contains both Mac and Windows language. The page size is 8.5 x 11 inches.

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InDesign CC 2018 tools modifiers

InDesign CC 2018 tools panel

• A one-page PDF document hand-out sheet illustrating the InDesign CC 2018 tools panel with all of its forty-nine tools and various keyboard shortcuts. This downloadable PDF cheatsheet is for both Mac and Windows language. The physical page size is Letter size at 8.5 x 11 inches.

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InDesign CC 2018 list of GREP and metacharacters

• A PDF of all GREP & Metacharacters and undocumented codes for InDesign CC 2018. General Regular Expression Parser describes patterns in text and conditions as well as literal text. Metacharacters represent a character or symbol when using InDesign's Find/Change dialog box.

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InDesign CC 2018 list of GREP and metacharacters for smartphone

• A PDF of all GREP & Metacharacters for InDesign CC 2018 shown in 1-column for hand-held devices. General Regular Expression Parser is a means of describing patterns in text, allowing finds based on patterns, conditions, and literal text. Metacharacters represent a character or symbol when using InDesign's Find/Change dialog box.

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Mike's Vector Pen Tool Technique 2018

• A new PDF that explains the Pen tool technique in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop (updated for Illustrator CC 2018 to include new pen tool behaviors like rubber band and path segment reshape).

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InDesign CC 2018 keyboard shortcuts poster

• A 14.33" x 20.5" poster of InDesign CC 2018 [Mac] keyboard shortcuts.

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InDesign CC 2018 keyboard shortcuts poster

• A 14.33" x 20.5" poster of InDesign CC 2018 [Windows] keyboard shortcuts.

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Mike's InDesign CC Find/Change by List 2017

• A script that performs 21 GREP and Text searches for cleaning up text within your InDesign document. Reduce extra spacebar spaces to one; strip out extra hard returns; remove extra tabs, leading spaces, and trailing spaces. It also corrects em and en dashes and quote marks and apostrophes. This script is an improvement on the one pre-installed with InDesign. Instructions included. The script is editable, if you want to add or remove certain searches.

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InDesign CC 2018 Anytime Upgrades startup scripts

• A PDF of containing hyperlinks to over a dozen InDesign feature add-ons. These are mostly startup scripts, and there are instructions on how to acquire and install. Upgrade your InDesign CC 2018 to include all these handy features!

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InDesign CC 2018 accessibility tags for Acrobat DC

• A PDF handout of Adobe Acrobat DC accessibility element tags and a comparison to matching InDesign CC 2018 tags.

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InDesign CC 2015 and CS6 productivity plugins

• Three plug-ins for InDesign CC 2015, 2014, CC, and CS6 (not CC 2017 or newer). PageZoom is a panel with all page navigation and view and rotation operations in one set of buttons. A must-have for the long-document! Typesetter is a plugin panel that brings obscure typesetting commands to clickable buttons. Included are paragraph rules, hyphenation and justification, and more. OpenTools is a tool panel with all the tools showing in 4 columns. These tools are based on Adobe's Configurator plugin building software.

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A Pica Ruler

• A printable PDF twelve-inch-long ruler with Picas on one side and inches on the other. When you print it from Acrobat, take care not to print it with the automatic Fit turned on. Also, most printing devices may vary in their accuracy, so scaling it up or down slightly may or may not be necessary.

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Digital Pica Ruler

Typesetting proofreader's marks

• A three-page PDF handout containing a reproduction of classic typesetting proofreaders marks.

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Proofreaders Marks 2014

InDesign CC 2018 preflight profiles

• Two more-rigorous preflight profiles (1 CMYK and 1 RGB) for InDesign CC 2018 and 2017 and 2015 and 2014 and CC and CS6 and CS5.5 and CS5 and CS4. The purpose of these preflight profiles shows that the preflight panel can check on much more than simply missing links, fonts, and overset text. Download and try one or both and turn on or off features that you want.

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InDesign CC 2018 printer's spreads and gatefolds

• A zipped-up set of five .indd documents that demonstrate printer's spread impositions. There are two Bi-fold documents and three Tri-fold layouts. The page numbering has already been built along with the imposition order of the pages. If you have wondered about how to shuffle pages into folds or gate folds and how to get the page numbering to follow a printer's imposition order, these sample documents will show you how. In fact, they are done already. These are perfect for in-office newsletters that will be manually gathered.

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InDesign CC 2018 style starter document

• An .indd document full of paragraph and character styles for preloading into InDesign CC 2018. With no documents open, click the Paragraph Styles panel menu button and choose Load Styles and browse to this downloaded document. This will bring in a set of default styles that you can edit to suit your document design. This is a time-saving technique Ben would have loved!

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Ben Franklin was an avid InDesign user

English-language placeholder text

• A placeholder textfile to replace the default InDesign CC 2018 and earlier Lorum Ipsum text. Download and unzip and place this txt file into the main Adobe InDesign application/program folder. This causes English language text to flow into your layout instead of the default Lorem Ipsum Latin text when you choose to Fill with Placeholder text. (This trick works in Illustrator CC 2017, too, btw.) Pictured is Roman Senator Cicero, the origin of Lorem Ipsum sample Latin text.

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MacOS Operating System Keyboard Shortcuts

• A brief list of frequently-used Mac OS operating system keyboard shortcuts.

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Mac OSX keyboard shortcuts

Windows 10 Operating System Keyboard Shortcuts

• A brief list of frequently-used Windows 10 operating system keyboard shortcuts.

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Windows 10 operating system keyboard shortcuts

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