Los Angeles InDesign User Group
What is InCopy and Why Should You Care?
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Continuing our policy of meeting in diverse locations through Los Angeles County, the January LAIDUG meeting was held in a City of Los Angeles Fire Station. Well, kind of. Actually Fire Station 82 in Hollywood has a brand new state-of-the-art conference room that they occasionally make available to selected community groups. The second floor facility came complete with kitchen area, LCD projector, motorized screen and two wall-mounted monitors for the benefit of those in the rear. Each participant not only had a chair, but a table as well.
William Baughman, an Adobe ACE certified expert in Adobe InDesign, filled this great space with a presentation on InCopy, a word processing program made by Adobe to integrate with InDesign. InCopy lets copywriters and editors style text, track changes, and make simple layout modifications to a document while designers work on the same document simultaneously in InDesign—all without overwriting each other's contributions.
The first part of William's presentation focused on a quick and dirty way of exporting InCopy, ICML, files. This method is a shortcut and does not require the user to export InCopy, ICMA, files. This method is recommended for collaborating with editors in a closed environment where they do not have access to InDesign.
Then William went over a more structured method of working involving Assignment files. This is the best way to manage multiple editors in a single document. Assignment files can be easily managed via the Assignments palette. But it is imperative the Assignment files be updated. The evening ended with a general overview of working in InCopy and a question and answer period.
Special Raffle Prize
Xerox WorkCentre 3215—Alan Gilbertson
Farthest Attendee Prize Winner
Mighty Deals—Waverly Reed
Raffle Prize Winners
GoProof from Oppolis Software. 3 month subscription for 2 users—Robin Schiff
PDF2DTP from Markzware. 12 month subscription—Robin Schiff
Expo Creative Asset Manager for Mac from Insider Software—Lucy Hawkins
Suitcase Fusion 8 from Extensis. 12 month subscription—Norine Lukaczyk
Font Agent Pro 8 from Insider Software—Stan Baryla
InMotion Hosting. Web hosting and free domain—Waverly Reed
DTP Tools Cloud for InDesign. 6 month subscription—Douglas Magill
Adobe Stock. 15 image licenses—Douglas McCarthy
InDesign Magazine. 6 month subscription—Joyce Dallal
LA Web Professionals Group meeting tickets—Douglas Magill, Amanda Tannen