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We’re desktop publishers—just like you. We’ve been through the long shifts (some of them longer than 70 hours), entering and editing text, setting type, drawing paths, importing images, and trying to get files to print. On most of those late nights and early mornings, we could have been home in bed if we had known just one key piece of information. But we weren’t. There was no one there to tell us.

We’re here to tell you.

If some piece of information in this book saves you one late night, one early morning, or gets your document to print on the first pass through the imagesetter instead of the second or third, we will have succeeded in our purpose.

InDesign is a watershed of important, new technologies that have, until recently, been at the edge of our page layout “radar”: support for OpenType and Unicode, direct export of prepress-quality PDF files, integral PostScript/PDF screen rendering, multi-line composition, XML, transparency, optical kerning, and solid scripting support, to name just a few of them. Adobe has always said that InDesign is “the future of page layout”—but we think they’re selling themselves a bit short. With InDesign, the future is here today.

And, to our eyes, at least, it looks pretty cool.

How This Book Was Produced

To answer the question we’ve been asked so many times: Yes, we produced this book in Adobe InDesign CS. Some chapters were written in Microsoft Word, saved as Rich Text Format (RTF) files, and imported into InDesign templates. Other chapters were written or edited using Adobe InCopy or InDesign’s Story Editor feature. Screen captures were produced using Snapz Pro (for Mac OS X) and SnagIt (for Windows). Other graphics were produced using either InDesign’s drawing tools, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator.

David laid out chapters using a Macintosh 17-inch PowerBook G4 running Mac OS X. Olav laid out chapters on a homebuilt AMD Athlon XP system running Windows XP and on a Macintosh Power-Book G4, also running Mac OS X.

The book is set entirely in Robert Slimbach’s Minion Pro (an Adobe OpenType face, which was particularly useful when moving files from Windows to Macintosh, and vice versa), except for code samples—set in Lucas de Groot’s TheSansMonoCondensed, and a few example characters in other fonts.


Thanks to Adobe’s InDesign team and all the other folks at Adobe who helped support this book—including Will Eisley, Michael Wallen, Bur Davis, Angie Hammond, Tim Cole, Matt Phillips, Mark Niemann-Ross, Thomas Phinney, Lonn Lorenz, Molly Ruf, Eric Menninga, David Stephens, Zak Williamson, Roey Horns, Paul Sorrick, and Christine Yarrow. Special thanks, too, to ex(traordinary)-Adobe team players David Evans, Eliot Harper, and Mordy Golding.

We appreciate the growing web of InDesign users and trainers with whom we love to trade cool tips and tricks, including Sandee Cohen, Steve Werner, Deke McClelland, Anne-Marie Concepción, Diane Burns, Dave Saunders, Branislav Milic, Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, Christopher Smith, Jan Suhr, Nini Tjäder, Robin Procter, and Shane Stanley.

Thanks to Jan C. Wright, Queen of Indexing, for our index, and thanks to all our friends at Peachpit Press for their patience, support, patience, professionalism, patience, and understanding (and did we mention patience?), including Nancy Ruenzel, our amazing editor Nancy Davis, Serena Herr, Cary Norsworthy, Kim Lombardi, Marjorie Baer, David Van Ness, Mimi Heft, and Lisa Brazieal.

DAVID: “My deepest appreciation to my wife and partner, Debbie Carlson, as well as to our sons Gabriel and Daniel, who ensured that sanity wouldn’t gain the upper hand. And thanks to Glenn Fleishman, Jeff Carlson, Jeff Tolbert, Larry Chen, and Agen Schmitz, for lunchtime chatter and brilliant insights.”

OLE: “Thanks to Max Olav Kvern, for covering my back when the brain-sucking evil undead Elmore zombies attack, and to Micki McNaughton and the Anime Night gang for keeping me something like sane.”

Olav Martin Kvern

David Blatner

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