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InDesign's Top 10 Type Tools

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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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7 OpenType Support

The latest and greatest in font technology, OpenType, is cross-platform and offers vastly expanded character sets that can include different numbering styles, fractions, foreign characters, and ornaments—to name but a few. Recalling the time-consuming hassle of working with expert sets or trying to remember the arcane naming conventions of Multiple Master fonts, I sometimes feel like saying a prayer of thanks every time I incorporate such typographic refinements as proportional oldstyle numerals and discretionary ligatures into a Paragraph Style definition. (And while not exactly a feature, it certainly is a huge asset that InDesign comes packaged with several OpenType families.)

Figure 07a Figure 07b Figure 07c Figure 07d

Figure 7a, 7b, 7c and 7d Just some of the OpenType features supported by InDesign: Figure A: Oldstyle numerals (without on the left and with on the right); Figure B: Swash characters; Figure C: fractions; Figure D: OpenType features can be incorporated into a Paragraph Style.

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