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InDesign PDF Trick: Partial Flattening

Last month, someone on RPG.net made a thread venting about publishers using layers in PDFs, of how it causes sluggish responsiveness on-screen and problems some lower-memory printers have with them.[1] The actual issue has to do with Live Transparency—essentially, having multiple objects overlaid on one another. Every PDF with a background has this, since the background

A Quick Introduction to GREP Search in InDesign & InCopy

Adobe InDesign (and its editorial counterpart, InCopy) has robust search features that make copy editing game text easier, but they require more training to use effectively than standard text searching. This document gives a basic introduction to using the advanced method of searching called GREP1, where you use special formats called “regular expressions” to find

Advanced InDesign/InCopy GREP Commands

There’s a font I work with from time to time that has some funky punctuation—the commas and periods look alike, the apostrophes and quotation marks look malformed, etc. Not all of the punctuation is weird, but most of it is. So I went to Rabbi Google for the wisdom of InDesign/InCopy GREP searching for just punctuation,

InDesign/InCopy Script: Find XXs and Hyphens

Occasionally things come up at my day job (as an editor at Paizo) where I can employ my former profession as a software designer to make my life as an editor easier. A recent one involved making a script for InCopy (and thus InDesign) that finds various forms of “XX” and times when we misuse

Two InDesign/InCopy Tips

At Paizo, the developers and editors use InCopy to work with the InDesign files the art department creates. These two small tips work for both (with instructions for Mac; PC people should feel free to say how to do these things in the comments). Italics as Command+I (Or Control+I for you PC folks.) For some