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What Font IS That? Find Out With

Have you ever been given a graphic with an outlined or rasterized font, or perhaps a hard copy of a document, and been asked to match the font? is a great free service that lets you upload a JPG sample of a font image. It then analyzes the shapes of the characters in your […]

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PNGenie: Lossless PNG File Size Reduction for Mac OS

Today I was working with a rather large EPUB exported from InDesign CS5.5. The final compressed size of the EPUB was 18MB; most of this size was comprised of 206 PNG images. In attempt to reduce file size, I ran the images through a couple batches in Photoshop with little result. I then searched the […]

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Numeric Keypad for New MacBooks

As promised at the last IDUG, I’m writing a post about the nifty utility to turn on the numeric keypad on new MacBooks so that we can use keyboard shortcuts for styles in InDesign! When I got my new MacBook Pro last year I was really worried about its lack of a numeric keypad. My […]

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Splitting Text Threads: Separating Stories (with and without script)

Question: Can InDesign split a story threaded through text frames in two while leaving the text in the current frames? Short Answer: There is a script that can do this, and there is a simple process to do it manually as well. Introduction In most ways, InDesign excels at managing text flow. it is easy […]

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Create Form Fields in InDesign! (written for CS5)

(UPDATE: As I was going through old posts I found this one. InDesign CS6 finally added the capability of creating form fields in InDesign, rendering this post obsolete. So if you stumble across this post looking for a way to create form fields in InDesign, the best answer, now, is to upgrade to at least […]

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