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IndexMatic³ | Frequently Asked Questions [UPDATE]

IndexMatic³ Expert for InDesign CC/CS6/CS5/CS4)With its hundreds of interconnected features and its documentation erected in front of you like a Gothic cathedral, IndexMatic³ will undoubtedly inspire you with this fateful question: where to start? And we often start with something concrete, a specific problem that needs to be solved right now. The purpose of this page is to guide you quickly and clearly into the inner workings of the program, from the questions most frequently asked to the tech support…

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Claquos | Apply the “Buoy” Effect to your Charts

Make your circular chart shine like a buoy!

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How to Create an Index from a Style

Let's create an index from a paragraph style with IndexMatic³.

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Dualité majuscules/minuscules dans IndexMatic³ [FR]

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Porting your InDesign Script into IdExtenso — Step 5

In this episode we seriously improve the relationship between user settings and user interface. As a result, we get a smart InDesign script that both remembers the choices the user made within the session and adapts to the context, that is, whether the script should target the selection or a larger scope…

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Porting your InDesign Script into IdExtenso — Step 4

The previous episode dealt with modularity in IdExtenso, now is the time to take full advantage of it! Today we will see how to add a dialog interacting with user options. You will be amazed at how quickly this component fits into the script…

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Porting your InDesign Script into IdExtenso — Step 3

In this episode, you will learn how to arrange your code so that it fits into IdExtenso's “modular space.” Modularity is a key term when it comes to maintaining a large-scale project. Even if our sample script is not in itself of pharaonic complexity, we will transform it, as an exercise, into a pure module…

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Porting your InDesign Script into IdExtenso — Step 2

Today we will embed in IdExtenso the code we prepared in the previous episode. That's of course an important move, especially when you perform it for the very first time (since then you need to install the framework.) But you will discover in what follows the immediate advantages that $$ offers you…

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Porting your InDesign Script into IdExtenso — Step 1

So, you have the root idea and a basic code for your next InDesign script. All is fine. It works so well that you're now planning to release it, which opens additional questions: Will it work everywhere? How do I trace risky functions? What if I need to integrate new features later on? How do I deal with persistent user settings? How to add a basic interface? How will I localize the dialog in other languages? Can I make my script available in a dedicated menu? Will it work in a JSXBIN package as well? Can I obfuscate my code?…

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Getting Started with Claquos 3.0 — by Mike Rankin

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IndexMatic² | Dealing with Homonyms

Whichever tool you use to generate an index from your InDesign document, handling homonyms remains a delicate problem. Only humans—or at least smart algorithms—can determine which index entry should be associated to an ambiguous expression. Let's summarize some strategies or workarounds that IndexMatic² supports…

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PhysicalSize | Check Your Design At True 1:1 Magnification

PhysicalSize for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CCEvery InDesign user must accept this boring fact: “100% size preview is not actual size”. Because of this old unsolved flaw, graphic designers, layout artists, typographers… cannot trust the so-called “Actual Size” command. With PhysicalSize you will be able to recover your sight…

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FillBleed | Fix Image Frames so they Meet the Bleed Edge [Update]

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IndexMatic² Quick Demo | Last-Name, First-Name Queries

Collecting proper names is one of the most common tasks assigned to IndexMatic². While the best strategy remains the one based on character styles, not all InDesign books are prepared to receive style-driven queries. Instead, you may have a comprehensive list of <LastName>, <FirstName> items…

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Resizing vs. Rescaling in Equalizer

Equalizer for InDesign CS4/CS5/CS6/CCUser's question: “What's the difference between Multiply by and Rescale to in Equalizer? It looks like both functions have the same effect on the targeted frames of my document.” Very good question indeed! Let's reveal the little subtleties behind it…

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How to Shuffle Characters the Right Way

While fine-tuning a layout you usually need to put some dummy text in your template. The common way to fill a frame with lorem-ipsum-like data is to call Type > Fill with Placeholder Text. But sometimes you already have an actual text in place, and then your missing feature is the ability to scramble existing characters. Thanks to IdExtenso we can write a nice and fast scrambler, based on Markov chains…

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Customize InDesign Hyphens with IndyFont

While both IndyFont and Unicode support hyphen variants such as U+2010 HYPHEN, U+2011 NON-BREAKING HYPHEN, and of course U+00AD SOFT HYPHEN, it looks like InDesign does not clearly distinguish character from glyph paradigm in this particular topic. In short, InDesign tends to render all hyphen characters using the same prototypical glyph, which is not necessarily in line with your desire…

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Tutoriel Wordalizer : répéter des mots N fois

Wordalizer 1.5 pour InDesign CS4-CCUn utilisateur (heureux !) de Wordalizer me demande comment répéter les mêmes termes, par exemple cent fois, dans un nuage de mots. Bien que la boîte de dialogue principale ne permette pas de dupliquer automatiquement les éléments de la liste, il est très facile de résoudre le problème en amont, dans InDesign, puis de fournir à Wordalizer la liste intégrale prête à mouliner. L'occasion d'un petit tutoriel rigolo…

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Using IndexMatic² in conjunction with Wordalizer

IndexMatic² is very good at finding recurring text patterns in a document (brands, products, proper names, URLs…) and Wordalizer is very good at making customizable word clouds based on item frequencies. Here is how you can branch the former to the latter…

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IndyFont Quick Demo | Add Diacritics to an Existing Font

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