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Episode 45: The Magnificent Six (VIDEO)

Normally, I pick one InDesign feature and build a whole episode around it. However, this is the second anniversary of the podcast, and I wanted to do something different, and demonstrate that combining InDesign features is far more powerful than using them individually. In this episode, I use six different featuresAnchored Objects, Frame Fitting, Object Styles, GREP, Paragraph Styles and Multi-file Place — to eliminate all of the repetitive tasks from a layout.

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5 Responses to “Episode 45: The Magnificent Six (VIDEO)”

  1. Here are some links to other GREP resources:

    I was also asked if it’s possible to actually see the file name during a multi-file Place operation. While this isn’t part of the feature itself in InDesign, Anne-Marie Concepcion come up with a clever way to work around this limitation. Read Anne-Marie’s post on

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  2. I would like to know if there is a way to anchor object that can go behind the text of a text frame. It seems that anchored object goes always to the front. For example if I have some custom vector shape that I would like to be around the title that is a part of a normal text within the text frame. I would like to be anchored to that title and behind it so I can actually see the text.

  3. Sadly, the answer is no. Anchored Objects are always in front.

  4. Hi, Michael
    Episode 45 is just great. Thanks for that.
    I wonder if it is possible to get the text and pictures to try this on my own. Of course I could use any text or pics but I just love this album story.

    Many thanks for your podcast.

    Elle / Denmark

  5. Hi Michael

    This podcast has nearly saved me so many hours.

    I work with large documents coming from word. Some of the text that comes to me has to be put in red warning boxes.

    I have set up to search for the relevent paragraph style and insert a red text object box as your example shows

    BUT what I want to do is automate the placing of the relevent text into my red warning boxes. Currently What I would have to do is text the text and paste it into the newly inserted warning boxes

    Any ideas