Author Archives: Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

About Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

Husband, Father, Graphic Designer from Subotica [Serbia]. Also Adobe IDUG Chapter Representative, JS, AS3, Flex developer. InDesign Script/Panel developer. My everyday work includes working with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, CorelDRAW. I recently started to write scripts to speedup my work with InDesign.

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Mastering Live Captions

Live Captions were introduced in InDesign CS5 and functionality is the same in CS5.5 as well. Live Captions are very powerful when it comes to pulling metadata out of the image and displaying them on the page. But, why are they called “Live”? Because they are! 😀 They are like regular text variables, but they are “trained” to pull out metadata out of images and they change when you swap images. I will not go in details here how to create Live Captions, (click here to learn more about Live Captions) instead, I would like to show you how to work faster and to be more efficient by storing and reusing your Live Captions setups! So, let’s get started! 😉
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Adobe Announced Creative Suite 5.5!

This is wonderful news especially for InDesign users! So, what’s new in this mid-cycle release?!

Let’s list most important ones:

  • EPUB Export Improvements
  • Style Mapping
  • Articles Panel
  • Linked Stories
  • Object Export Options
  • DPS Tablet Features
  • Easier Anchored Objects

Also, bunch of old bugs from previous releases are corrected! But, that’s not all! Some CS5 users were frustrated with frame edge highlighting! Now in CS5.5 you are CAN turn it OFF! Woohoo! I will not go into details about features and stuff, because there is so many places where you can find info and I’ll list some of them:

Thank you Adobe for making our creative work easier
with such a awesome and creative tools!

Interactive Shortcuts Guide for InDesign CS5

Keyboard shortcuts are a big time saver! And when I say big, I mean BIG! 😀 I love shortcuts, and by time, they become part of you, and your everyday workflow! But! It’s becoming difficult to remember all shortcuts when you use more than one program, and I know you do! So, I decided to create nice little interactive shortcuts guide and to be even better, I wanted to use just InDesign‘s interactive features!
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Choose Object Style while Placing

I think you still remember my old post about Auto Apply Object Style to Placed Image.

That’s great workaround, but I’ve “found” even better one through scripting! Scripting is just awesome! 😀 So many things can be done with just few lines of code. 😉

WARNING: This only works with InDesign CS5!

So, let’s see how to use it!
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Speed Up your Work with these Cool Shortcuts!

Two weeks ago I started small personal project. Main idea was to collect all predefined shortcuts for InDesign CS5 to one place and create interactive guide.

While i was digging through files, I got really surprised first by number of shortcuts that can be applied (over than 1400) and secondly that InDesign ships with more than 400 already predefined ones! That’s really awesome, so many space to speed up your work! But, there is no way you can remember all of them! 😀 So, every day you learn few shortcuts, but also, you forget about ones you don’t use so frequently.
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Get More InDesign & Document Info

There is good and simple way to check history of your document, last version of InDesign used while saving file, but also version used to create file for the first time. Also, you can find a little bit more about your application like for example number of plugins installed, versions of some core components and other. But, that’s not something you will need very often.

Then, what’s so great about this? Great thing is that you can see plug-ins used in document and also missing ones! Another thing you can find out is which system (PC or Mac) was used to save the file and how many times file was saved! (this is not true for documents loaded in newer version of InDesign) So, where we can find that info?
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