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Month: March 2010

Adobe FrameMaker: Why are my Row Heights Uneven?

by Barb Binder Frequently, when I import tables into FrameMaker from Microsoft Word, I get varying row heights. As a FrameMaker default, row height is controlled by content, so my first step is usually to show the text symbols (View > Text Symbols) and expose all extra hard and soft returns that may have come in with […]

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Adobe InDesign: Tracking and Kerning

by Barb Binder When I ask my InDesign students to define the words “tracking” and “kerning”, the best I usually get is a vague reference to letter spacing. And that’s on a good day. More often I get furrowed brows and people suddenly fascinated by their keyboards. The terms aren’t hard to understand, and when I […]

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Adobe Bridge: Productivity Tips

by Barb Binder Stacking Similar Images If you would like to group multiple shots of the same subject in Adobe Bridge, use an image stack. Select the images you’d like to stack (use Shift+Click for consecutive images or Control+Click for non-consecutive images (Mac: Command-Click) and then simply choose Stack > Group as Stack. The selected images […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Setting Tabs, Part III

by Barb Binder If you’ve worked your way through the posts on Setting Tabs, Part I and Setting Tabs, Part II, you’ve learned how to set tab stops and how to modify them. Let’s finish up by learning how to work with dot leaders. Dot Leaders in a Table of Contents The typical table of contents […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Setting Tabs, Part I

by Barb Binder Why are people afraid of setting tabs? Since 1988, I’ve taught Word, PageMaker, Ventura Publisher, InDesign and FrameMaker classes, and most of my students walk in the door afraid of tabs. It’s one of life’s mysteries, and so I always try to set aside some time to address it in class. Here’s your […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Setting Tabs, Part II

by Barb Binder In Adobe FrameMaker, Setting Tabs, Part I, we talked about setting tab stops. To review the key points: 1.) press the tab key once between columns, 2.) add one tab stop per tab on each line of the table, and 3.) click under the ruler to add the tab stop. In this column, […]

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Adobe InDesign: Setting (and Removing) Defaults

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated on Aug 29, 2023 In my opinion, your software works for you, and the running theme in my training classes is how to automate your workflow so that your layout comes together quickly and leaves nights and weekends for fun, and not trying to meet your deadline. […]

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Adobe Acrobat: Search is King!

By David Mankin Find You have a PDF file, and you need to locate a word or phrase in it.  How convenient – there’s a Find tool right there on your toolbar: You type in your search term and press enter.  Instantly, you are brought to that phrase in your PDF.  But it wasn’t the passage you needed.  […]

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Adobe FrameMaker 9: The Application Bar

by Barb Binder FrameMaker had the same look and feel for a hundred years, or at least it seemed that way to me. As I made the transition to FrameMaker 9, most of my attention was focused on the new interface. Initially, I just thought it was weird. I mean, it’s the same old FrameMaker, with […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Adding Accented Characters (Diacritics)

By Barb Binder Updated: Jan 15, 2024 According to Wikipedia, a diacritic (also called a diacritical mark, point, or sign), is a small sign added to a letter to alter pronunciation or distinguish between similar words. To put it simply, I’m talking about inserting the accents over the letters found in so many foreign languages. (i.e., café […]

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