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Synchronised coolness…

Every now and again I encounter something in InDesign that I really like and that surprises me… I just had one of those “OMG… this is soooo cooool” moments… It’s probably something that’s been working in InDesign for a while… it might have even been announced as a new feature at some point… what ever it was… I hadn’t noticed it until about 20mins ago ūüôā

Let me sketch the scenario… The project I’m working on consists of a series of InDesign documents. I’ve added all of the InDesign documents to an InDesign Book.¬†As I’m working away on the production job, I encounter styles I still need to add… and I add them to the document I’m working on. In the Book panel I set the Style Source to this document and apply the Synchronise Book command from the panel menu, to push the newly created styles to the other documents.

Originally I hadn’t used Style Groups on this job, as I didn’t think I’d be generating too many different styles… However, as time progressed today, I thought… ¬†“Should have set-up Style Groups from the start, things are getting a bit messy here” … “now you’re going to have to create them in hind-sight and you might end up with duplicate styles when you synchronise the book…”

I was wrong and what followed was my little “wow”-moment ūüėČ

When you push styles into style groups and then Synchronise the Book… not only are the style groups added to the other documents… InDesign also moves the styles from their listing into those style groups.

Clever engineering Adobe! Love it!

 

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