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Episode 22: Custom Glyph Sets (VIDEO)

Collect your custom characters into an easy-to-use set by using the Glyphs palette and a little-known feature explained in this episode. Whether you need quick access to dingbats, accented characters, fractions or any other special glyphs, you can keep them available in a palette rather than scrolling through font menus and remembering obscure keystrokes.

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6 Responses to “Episode 22: Custom Glyph Sets (VIDEO)”

  1. Great information about the Glyph Palette – I have gone through the Character Palette and used PopChar – never used the actual Glyph Palette… Thanks.

  2. Thanks, Nina. I was curious as to whether everyone else already knew about Glyph Sets (since I discovered it only recently)…or if it would be too specific a function to have a lot of appeal. Glad you liked it.
    PopChar, huh? Wow…that takes me back. I loved that little utility. Sadly, when OS9 went, so did PopChar.
    What’s great about Glyph Sets — and something PopChar couldn’t do — is the ability to have characters to double-click on that are not in the currently active font. It’s a great little place to store many glyphs from many different typefaces.

  3. Hi Michael – I use PopCharâ„¢ X Version 2.1.2 and if I click a character, PopChar X inserts it in the text document. It remembers the five most recently inserted characters and displays them with a yellow background.
    I can choose if I want “remember font/styled” or not.
    Until I get used to the custom Glyph Sets I’ll keep it, but I certainly like InDesign to handle Glyphs “natively” without having to use another utility/app. 🙂 Nina

  4. I stand corrected. I guess I just never bothered to check for new versions of those old OS9 utilities when I made the switch.

  5. Hey there Michael! Great videocast as always.

    Would like to add one tip re glyph sets; that as soon as you rebuild ID’s preferences (a common troubleshooting thing), you lose your glyph sets.

    It’s another reason to keep back-ups of healthy ID prefs … I keep them in a folder (“v4 prefs backup”) one level above where the actual InDesign Defaults (the prefs file) is stored. So instead of rebuilding prefs, I copy/paste the back-up over, replacing the damaged file.

    Doing so resurrects your glyph sets, along with any pref customization you might have done.


  6. Great tip, Anne-Marie. I did not know that. Of course, if I find myself having to delete or re-build preferences, I’m probably so miserable from whatever caused me to do that I might not even notice that I lostt my glyphs. 🙂