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5 Automation tips when creating InDesign templates

Damian Gibbs
Solutions Consultant, Typefi

InDesign is a powerful design and production tool with a myriad of advanced features. Many of these features are accessed through repetitive manual clicking and keyboard shortcuts. Wouldn’t it be great to automate this tedium? Well, the good news is that you can!

By using improved setups of styles and panels that enable scripting, and by applying GREP (Global Regular Expression Print), it’s possible to save yourself from these endless repetitions. You’ll still be able to produce the same results, but the amount of effort you’ll need to put forth will be greatly reduced. In this post, Damian shares 5 automation tips to save you time when creating InDesign templates.

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Automate repetitive graphs and charts in InDesign with scripting

Peter Kahrel
Senior Scripting Engineer, Typefi

The adage ‘work smarter, not harder’ often comes to mind when composing documents. Thankfully, scripting can help save the day, as Typefi Senior Scripting Engineer, Peter Kahrel, explains.

Charts in Adobe InDesign are usually produced as separate files and placed in an InDesign document as images. These charts can be high-quality PDF or EPS files, but more often than not they are medium- to low-quality bitmaps.
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Many charts are also repetitive. For example, a financial data sheet that’s published every day or every week can contain one or more charts that are always the same apart from the height of bars (in a bar chart) or the way a line is drawn (in a line chart).

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4 Top tips using InDesign Paragraph Styles

Damian Gibbs
Solutions Consultant, Typefi

When formatting documents, InDesign users regularly face challenges—many of which can be easily fixed with Paragraph Styles, if you know how to. From fixing formatting issues when importing Microsoft Word documents to combatting common typography issues, Damian Gibbs, Solutions Consultant at Typefi, shares his top tips using InDesign Paragraph Styles.

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Introducing accessibility into your digital content in three steps

Guy van der Kolk
Product Manager, Typefi

Chances are that you’ve heard about accessibility but aren’t sure what that means beyond using alt text for images.

If you find yourself in the daunting position of introducing accessibility into your company’s content strategy, don’t panic. Guy van der Kolk, Product Manager at Typefi, shares three ways to introduce accessibility into your digital content strategy, and your organisation.