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Takes an easy, visual approach to teaching InDesign, using pictures to guide you through the software and show you what to do.
Works like a reference book-you look up what you need and then get straight to work.
No long-winded passages-concise; straightforward commentary explains what you need to know.
Affordably priced, because buying a computer book shouldn't be an investment in itself.
Rarely has the introduction of an application caused as much excitement as this one. For the past several years, desktop publishing insiders have heard whispers and rumors about InDesign-first under the code-name K2, and then as InDesign. In March, 1999, the program had a preview release at Seybold Seminars in Boston. After over five years of active development (and over fifteen years of experience in desktop publishing), Adobe Systems Inc. released version 1.0 of InDesign. Now, just seven months later, Adobe has done something amazing. They have released version 1.5, a full-scale upgrade to the program.
InDesign has many revolutionary features. Rather than one large program, it divides the application into a series of separate plug-ins. This means that InDesign can be updated and modified quickly and easily. InDesign also has some of the most powerful typography technology that has ever been in a consumer desktop publishing application.
Of course, the major question is "Is InDesign a Quark killer?" referring to how InDesign compares to QuarkXPress. The answer to that question remains to be seen and is outside the scope of this book. However, if you want to see how InDesign compares to QuarkXPress, you can read Chapter 15, at the end of this book.
I created this book as a teaching tool-a QuickStart Guide to help you understand and use InDesign. As you become familiar with the program, you can answer the question yourself.
Click refers to pressing down and releasing the mouse button on the Macintosh, or the left mouse button on Windows. You must release the mouse button or it is not a click.
Press means to hold down the mouse button, or a keyboard key.
Press and drag means to hold the mouse button down and then move the mouse. I also use the shorthand term drag. Just remember that you have to press and hold as you drag the mouse.
The modifier keys used in keyboard shortcuts are sometimes listed in different orders by different software companies or authors. For example, I always list the Command or Ctrl keys first, then the Option or Alt key, and then the Shift key. Other people may list the Shift key first. The order that you press those modifier keys is not important. However, it is very important that you always add the last key (the letter or number key) after you are pressing the other keys.
You might expect that this book would list all the keyboard shortcuts for InDesign. There are two reasons why I haven't done that. First, InDesign lets you assign your own keyboard shortcuts. So I don't know which keyboard shortcuts you're going to use. Second, you can easily create a list of all the shortcuts in InDesign and print them out yourself. So although you would be impressed if I provided a list of keyboard shortcuts, see Chapter 14 for how you can create them yourself.
Once you feel comfortable working with InDesign, you can start adding keyboard shortcuts to your repertoire. My suggestion is to look at which menu commands you use a lot. Then each day choose one of those shortcuts. For instance, if you import a lot of art from other programs, you might decide to learn the shortcut for the Place command. For the rest of that day use the Import shortcut every time you import art. Even if you have to look at the menu to refresh your memory, still use the keyboard shortcut to actually open the Import dialog box. By the end of the day you will have memorized the Place shortcut. The next day you can learn a new one.
Generally the Command key on the Macintosh (sometimes called the Apple key) corresponds to the Ctrl key on Windows. The Option key on the Macintosh corresponds to the Alt key on Windows. The Control key on the Macintosh does not have an equivalent on Windows. Notice that the Control key for the Macintosh is always spelled out while the Ctrl key for Windows is not.
Most of the time this is because the procedures are so different that they need to be written separately. Some features exist only on one platform. Those features are then labeled as to their platform.
Some of the features in InDesign 1.5 are obviously different. For instance, there is no Path Type tool in InDesign 1.0.
Other features, such as how clipping paths are handled have been slightly changed in InDesign 1.5. I have created some special icons that should help you work with the book.
1.0 When you see this icon, it means that the feature exists only in version 1.0
1.5 When you see this icon, it means that the feature exists only in version 1.5.
When there is no icon, it means that the feature works the same in both versions of the product.
Just don't forget to have fun!
(SandeeC@vectorbabe.com) April, 2000