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InDesign's Top 10 Type Tools

Article Description

For all its complexity and sophistication, Adobe InDesign CS2 is a remarkably simple and intuitive program to use. That said, unless you're working with it on a regular basis, some of its features may go unnoticed or misunderstood. Some of InDesign's most important typographic tools are buried away in submenus; some have arcane or intimidating-sounding names; others require little user interaction and are easy to overlook. Nigel French discusses his favorite type features in InDesign that you never knew you needed, but soon will not be able to live without.

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Conclusion

These are just a sampling of the best type tools in InDesign CS2. Hopefully, InDesign CS3 will bring improvements to existing features as well as a few new features we never knew we needed, but soon will not be able to live without. Conspicuously absent from this list is the way InDesign implements its Paragraph, Character, and Object Styles, allowing a degree of automation and control that at its best is jaw-dropping. These topics will be the subject of my next article.