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InCopy for Writers and Editors

InCopy for Writers and Editors
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This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: InCopy, Writing & Editorial

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— Ben Erwin, Powersimple


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Adobe InCopy is a pro­fes­sion­al word pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tion made by Adobe Systems. The InDesign desk­top pub­lish­ing soft­ware is pri­mar­i­ly used to pub­lish news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines; the InCopy com­po­nent, whether in­te­grat­ed or stand­alone, is used pri­mar­i­ly by editors.

InCopy al­lows the ed­i­tor to write, ed­it, and de­sign the pub­lish­able copy. The soft­ware in­cludes stan­dard word pro­cess­ing fea­tures such as spell check, change track­ing, and word count, and has pre­view view­ing modes for fit­ting copy to the text lay­out, al­low­ing the ed­i­tor to vi­su­al­ly as­cer­tain that every de­sign el­e­ment fits in the pub­li­ca­tion lay­out for­mat used.

What You Will Learn

  • Replacing Word with InCopy
  • Integrating InCopy with InDesign-Users Layouts
  • Working in Story, Galley, and Layout Views
  • Writing to the Hole
  • Working with Assignments
  • Checking Stories In and Out
  • Creating Notes
  • Working with Footnotes
  • Using Spell Check and the Thesaurus
  • Building Macros
  • Round-trip Editing with Word Users
  • Round-trip Editing with InDesign Users
  • More!

Lesson Outline

The fol­low­ing is a list of pos­si­ble top­ics for you to use as a guide. Your course will be ful­ly cus­tomized to your unique goals, work­flow, and learn­ing pace. Because every course we teach is ful­ly cus­tomized to each group, the fol­low­ing list of top­ics to be learned should be con­sid­ered a guide­line, one that will be ex­pand­ed or al­tered as re­quired to fit your needs.

The Working Environment and Interface

  • Selection and ad­just­ment of a workspace
  • Working with float­ing and docked panels
  • How to con­trol sto­ry ap­pear­ance and gallery
  • The lay­out views, sto­ry and galley
  • How to expand/collapse the sto­ry components
  • Hide/show char­ac­ters and their guides
  • Frame edges for the hide/show
  • The nor­mal and pre­view mode
  • Customizing key­board shortcuts

The Assignments

  • How to open assignments
  • How to close assignments
  • The gen­er­al as­sign­ment panel

How to use the InCopy Content

  • How to check in and check out
  • How to check in all as well as check out all

Writing to Fit

  • Editing the text, scrolling, zooming-layout view
  • The copy­fit readouts
  • General Layout as well as sto­ry views
  • How to up­date Geometry
  • Selection of text
  • How to move the cur­sor through text

General Notes

  • Notes cre­ation
  • Management of notes
  • How to ed­it notes
  • How to delete notes

Working with the type

  • Inserting text
  • Selecting text
  • How to place word-processed text
  • How to copy and paste from a word document
  • Application of the paragraph

How to edit text

  • Selecting text
  • Moving the cur­sor through text
  • The sub-menu of spe­cial characters
  • The white space in the sub-menu
  • How to find and replace
  • The Dynamics of spell-check command
  • How to spell-check the document
  • The Glyphs palette
  • How to in­sert glyphs
  • Creating and edit­ing glyph sets
  • General text macros

Text Styling

  • General char­ac­ter panel
  • Application of para­graph styles
  • How to ap­ply char­ac­ter styles
  • Comprehending nest­ed styles

Managing and packaging workflows

  • Creation of the pack­aged InCopy Assignment files
  • How to open the files in the InCopy
  • The “silent” sav­ing to the InCopy Assignment fold­er (.ic­ma)
  • How to re­turn to InDesign from InCopy (.idap)
  • How to up­date the InDesign copy