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Live from Boston: It’s The InDesigner

September 21st, 2007 | Michael Murphy

Last night, I delivered two back-to-back presentations at the Boston InDesign User Group meeting. The first was called “Styles Equal Substance,” in which I took a big picture look at what, to me, is the warm, beating heart of the entire application: Styles. Styles are everywhere, and they’re connected to so many features, you can lose track of how it all comes together. Fortunately, I’ve combed through the application to discover all of the connections between styles and the features with which they interact. My handout posted on the InDesign User Group web site has a visual representation of styles everywhere in InDesign.

The topic for the second half of the meeting was “Understanding GREP,” which covered the new, advanced Find/Change capabilities built into InDesign CS3 under the GREP tab. This is an amazing new feature. For my money, it’s the best improvement of the entire upgrade and something I’ll be talking about a lot in upcoming episodes and in one of my sessions at The InDesign Conference in Miami in February. Can’t make it there or wait to learn more? Then take a look at my other handout for the GREP session that’s posted on the meeting notes section of the InDesign User Group web site.

Episode 28: An InDesign Inventory, Part 2 (VIDEO)

September 3rd, 2006 | Michael Murphy

Picking up right where Part 1 left off, this episode concludes my InDesign Inventory of features put to work in the design of a 256-page magazine. In two more examples, I cover working with Master Pages and Document Pages simultaneously, and deconstruct how … (read more)

Episode 27: An InDesign Inventory, Part 1 (VIDEO)

August 20th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

When you design 4 full-page ads, 19 charts and graphs, and 123 page layouts in 24 working days, you really see how InDesign’s features make a big project much more manageable. Having just completed a 256-page magazine, I decided that this episode would take inventory of some of the ways that InDesign … (read more)

Episode 26: Yes, Master (VIDEO)

August 1st, 2006 | Michael Murphy

Control and update dozens of styles by changing only one or two. This episode demonstrates my method for creating master paragraph and character styles that are used to control many other … (read more)

Episode 13: Nested Style Sheets, Part 3 (VIDEO)

March 2nd, 2006 | Michael Murphy

At last, the thrilling conclusion of the Style Sheets Trilogy. The final installment on this topic demonstrates some additional flexibility you can build into your style sheets to account for the unexpected by using samples of nested styles I’ve created. Also, for good measure, you’ll find out … (read more)

Episode 12: Nested Style Sheets, Part 2 (VIDEO)

February 23rd, 2006 | Michael Murphy

Picking up right where Part 1 left off, this second installment on Nested Style Sheets shows how you can build in additional instructions to your paragraph styles, allowing you to apply multiple style sheets to … (read more)

Episode 11: Nested Style Sheets (VIDEO)

February 16th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

At long last, the video podcast that was “a week away” (according to my optimistic first episode) is finally here. This first-ever video episode is the start of a three-part tutorial covering … (read more)