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Good replacement for Adobe InDesign?

I'm running Mavericks now, and I'm hesitant to install InDesign CS3, which was my go-to software for creating documents for our small business. I don't need anything nearly as complicated as InDesign. I need to be able to convert to PDF, add shaded boxes for clients to initial alongside text, and possibly add some photos into a document. I'm creating things like price sheets, contracts, forms, etc. There seem to be a lot of negative reviews about Pages (iWork), but it looks like that's the type of app I need (something simple, easy to learn). Are there any others I should look into?
posted by okay-quiet-time on Apr 17, 2014 - 10 answers

 

What calendar/scheduling program might have output this graphic?

I've taken over a graphic design project and need to update this weekly calendar image (just the schedule part, not the kids on rolling globes). But I only have the image, not the original working file. Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Nov 21, 2013 - 5 answers

InDesign 6 is giving me a headache - literally

We recently got upgraded to Windows7 here at work. (Yay?) For some reason, everything now looks like crap unless I set my resolution to the "recommended" monitor setting, 1920 x 1200. Which I did. And now the palette labels in InDesign 6 are teeny-tiny. It's especially awful in my long list of paragraph styles. I boosted the default font size through Windows, but that only affects the drop-down menus, not the labels. This is a stupid question but...please hope me! It has proven to be un-Googleable.
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 4, 2013 - 14 answers

How to Create a User-Friendly InDesign Template - Best Practices

I need to create a user-friendly InDesign template for a client that they can re-use and customize slightly over and over. Normally I'm the one doing the customizing so I'm a little leery of my ability to produce an editable template document that will be easy for someone else to use with less InDesign knowledge. (I'm somewhere between being a beginner and an intermediate user.) Fellow designers, could you weigh in with tips, warnings, and resources? [more inside]
posted by Hello Darling on Apr 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Is there affordable layout/design software for home use?

I'm looking for PC-based layout/design software that runs less than $500 that works better than MS Publisher. [more inside]
posted by PuppyCat on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

What tool is used to create graphs on the market data page in the WSJ?

The market data page of the WSJ is incredibly dense and filled with interesting graphs. I've been trying to figure out what must go into the creation of such an item on a daily basis, and by perusing the careers page for Dow Jones, i've gathered some information, namely that there is extensive use at the WSJ of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and MATLAB. What I haven't figured out is what the workflow looks like for the latter part of creating those graphs. [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Feb 12, 2013 - 3 answers

I wanna make a zine! Just like the one I had in college, but different...

You guys are always supersmart and up-to-date with this kinda stuff. Help this semi-retired print designer understand the tablet/mobile magazine biz! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me Keep Our Store Maps Up-to-date!!

THE PROBLEM: Let's say you have a large store spread across several floors of a building, with many many aisles and sections. There are information kiosks located at various rooms in the store, oriented different directions. Each information kiosk has a map of the store on it, with the aisles and sections numbered and labeled, and the map rearranged and the text rotated to the viewpoint of the customer standing at the information desk. What is the most efficient way to create and update that map as sections change? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Nov 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Trying to attach section markers to content rather than pages in CS4.

Adobe InDesign CS4: I've got a very large document, divided into sections (chapters). Currently, there are section markers on various pages, with each section defined by a labelled submaster (so I can see from the Pages panel where each section begins and ends). When I add content to various sections, the section markers no longer align as the pages reflow (because the markers are attached to the actual page numbers and not the content). How can I fix this so that adding content to sections continues within the submaster style / section marker for that section and not reflow over the pages?
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Good design goes to heaven

How to get started in graphic design? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Mind the (hopefully consistently sized) gap!

How can I force all the gaps between photos to be the same size in InDesign CS6? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jun 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Helvetica for Everyone! PDFS 4-EVA!

Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

WLTM laptop for days of CS5 and evenings of Skyrim <$1000

My 8 year old Dell 8600c laptop while still working, no longer has a screen and so is retired to desk work only tethered to an external monitor. Now I need a laptop that I can move around again that'll play nice with Adobe CS5, run some decent games, and will cost no more than $1000. [more inside]
posted by merocet on Apr 20, 2012 - 4 answers

How to edit INDD files without InDesign ?

How to edit INDD files without InDesign ? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Apr 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Foxit foxed by PDF bookmarks

When I export an InDesign document as a PDF, the bookmarks automatically generated by Indesign from a table of contents are consistently going to a page 2 pages after their target when clicked in Foxit PDF reader. I am going nuts. Help? [more inside]
posted by merocet on Jan 25, 2012 - 1 answer

How can I compress my portfolio into something that won't load like a bad animated GIF?

Can somebody please explain to me image compression, specifically with regard to creating smallish PDFs from Indesign files that contain large linked vector graphics? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Where do I find InDesign CS report templates?

I've signed up to do layout an annual report-type document for a not-for-profit. But I'm using a computer circa 2005 that has InDesign CS (the first) ... where can I find professional report templates for InDesign CS? [more inside]
posted by avidreader on Nov 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Work flow for print design?

Can you tell me which software tools graphic designers use when they do print design? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Nov 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Need InDesign data merge help

I am doing a Data Merge and I need to drop out blank lines. I want to split some of the lines to the right and left, but how can I do this without embedding some whitespace? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

This makes alot of sense

Another InDesign question. You know that thing InDesign does? Let's say you just placed a Word doc into your InDesign doc and now you're applying your paragraph styles, heading styles, etc. You remove an extraneous paragraph break (because authors love their extraneous paragraph breaks and have about 100 in each article) and InDesign sees that and says, "Hey, in some universe, the last line of a paragraph has a different leading value than the other lines in the paragraph, even though it's dictated to me by the paragraph style. So I'll just go ahead and fix that for you by making this line of text a different leading value than the others. Then I'll make it not so easy to fix. You're welcome!" [more inside]
posted by bleep on Sep 10, 2011 - 10 answers

I know I must be missing something

I have a Word document with Word-generated bar graphs, and an InDesign document. I have to get the graphs into the InDesign document and I'm getting a little stuck. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Flow & eddy indesign

InDesign: Let's say you have a multiple photos associated with a multiple paragraphs on many pages. I want to insert another photo & paragraph in the middle. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Jun 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Indesign Gurus! Is there a way for two separate documents to have different style sheets with the same names but different attributes? So that when I bring in tagged text, the styles "translate" into the new version?

Indesign Gurus! Is there a way for two separate documents to have different style sheets with the same names but different attributes? So that when I bring in tagged text, the styles "translate" into the new version? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on May 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Transparency in Indesign file applies where not intended.

Adobe Indesign 4 trouble. My wife is working on a document with two placed images (one is a B&W TIFF, the other is a monotone EPS) on a page. If she applies transparency to one image, both appear to be desaturated. This problem just cropped up today after she has worked on essentially identical files before. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Mar 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Showcasing websites in a print portfolio?

How can I capture my blog pages as images to import into InDesign? (Tryin' to create a portfolio here...) [more inside]
posted by pearl228 on Jan 7, 2011 - 6 answers

What is the easiest way to draw a floor plan and to get basic working drawings for a home rehab?

Architects, builders, and engineers -- what is the best software for drawing up a basic set of floor plans? What's the most cost-effective way to get a set of working drawings for a basic house rehab? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Yes, I'll be checking out from InCopy indefinitely, thanks. If only I knew how...

InDesign & InCopy hell, please help me. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Dec 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Why is a PDF exported from inDesign so much bigger than I expect?

I created a 20x28 inch poster in inDesign that I then exported to PDF. However, the exported PDF is much bigger than 20x28. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Nov 5, 2010 - 10 answers

InDesign Template Help

I'm working on transitioning our agency newsletter from Quark to InDesign (CS5), and I'm looking for some good magazine templates as a creative starting point. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Nov 2, 2010 - 1 answer

How to set up Indesign file for importing an editable Excel spreadsheet?

Wrangling Excel data in InDesign: When first creating a multi-page pricelist (which will need to be updated regularly), importing data from a 2000-odd row speadsheet, what should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Oct 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I use Apple’s Pages app? Or will I have to use something like InDesign?

I want to put together a reasonably simple book of text, interspersed with drawings and a few "full bleed" photos. Is Apple’s Pages app robust enough, or will I have to wade into learning InDesign? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Oct 19, 2010 - 7 answers

seriously, this should just work, right?

What is the best practice workflow for using Illustrator file in Indesign? Cut & paste catastrophe to follow. [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Oct 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Do I need CS5, Really?

Do I need to buy CS5 just because I have to use the Classroom in a Book for CS5? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Sep 25, 2010 - 5 answers

How to drum up local clients?

I am looking for basic design/development clients in Rochester, NY. I have picked up a few over the past couple months, but would be love to get any any pointers from some more experienced mefites. [more inside]
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Multilingual font translation issues

Multilingual (non-)Unicode translation issues inside, from someone who doesn't know nearly as much about Unicode as she should. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Jul 6, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF?

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Text Length in InDesign

This seems like it should be simple, but I'm not sure how to search for it: after placing images into an InDesign file, the text flows around it, but it isn't automatically extending the pages at the end of the document to make up for it. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on May 11, 2010 - 19 answers

How to get rid of shadow on all InDesign documents

Is there a way to disable or remove the "drop shadow" on the right and bottom in all InDesign documents? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Apr 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Help creating a keyboard layout shortcut.

Mac users: Can somebody please tell me how to set up a keyboard shortcut or script that allows me to toggle between U.S. keyboard and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) keyboard layouts? I switch these on and off a LOT when I'm using my iMac and Macbook, but am tired of constantly going up to the little flag dropdown menu in the Finder (which I have to do repeatedly as I switch from program to program, since the drop-down window change doesn't seem to apply globally, but rather only within the current program you have up top). I know there's an easier way, I just haven't gotten around to figuring it out or setting it up. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Put 1000+ pages in InDesign

How do I make a 1000+ page document in InDesign? [more inside]
posted by steppe on Feb 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Downsides of Scribus for Windows?

What are the downsides of using Scribus for Windows for my desktop-published magazine? [more inside]
posted by teracloth on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How to print a stapled newsletter at kinkos using InDesign?

How do I make a document that will be printed so that its pages can be folded in half and stapled down the middle? (saddle-stitched?) [more inside]
posted by qvinx on Dec 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Numerous .txt to PDF (best options)

What's the best way to make a PDF of a bunch of plain text files? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Dec 6, 2009 - 11 answers

breaking threaded text boxes

IndesignCS3Filter: Is there a way to break threaded text boxes but keep the text that is currently in the frames where it is? [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Nov 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Looking to up my presentation skills in NYC

I'm looking for a job doing presentation graphics (in law firms, possibly financial firms); this is about 30% of my current job at a law firm. I'm one of very few "experts" at my firm which isn't very technologically advanced in this area, so I'm afraid that my skills won't cut it in the outside world. I need advice on how to upgrade my skills. [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Sep 30, 2009 - 2 answers

How to quickly crop to trim in Acrobat?

How can I efficiently crop pages to the trim area in Adobe Acrobat 9? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Sep 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Non-designer needs design help!

What are some tried and true resources for someone who needs to become more familiar and efficient with Photoshop and InDesign? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jun 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Rich black is sending me to the funny farm.

I have been having a pervasive printing error that I, as a professional should know how to avoid/solve but I can't seem to stop cutout images from printing richer than the surrounding color. Let me explain... [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

My palettes in InDesign are moving without my permission!

Why are my palettes moving in InDesign? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground on Apr 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Comparing InDesign linked files.

Looking for a way to compare linked filed in InDesign with the linked files in folder that contains both said files and other unlinked ones. [more inside]
posted by travis08 on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

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