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Old 04-19-2006, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default New book: ID CS2 typesetting

I have been meaning to say something about this book: InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2, by Nigel French. It was published recently by Peachpit under its Adobe Press label, and is available at Amazon for about $25 U.S. (list $40).

Whatever else it may be, this is a useful reference for anyone learning how to handle text in InDesign, especially if they are switching from XPress or PageMaker. The book gives very clear information on where all the many, many controls are in this software, with explanations of what they do, how you probably want to set them, and more.

The book also does a good job of explaining how InDesign works as a typesetting program. It demystifies linking, provides keyboard shortcuts for many operations (such as accessing unusual spaces, right down to the 1/24-em space, working with alternative glyphs, and more).

My quibbles mostly have to do with the typographic advice, which can be odd or spotty. But as far as working with ID is concerned, I’d say this is the book that ought to have been in the box. Definitely worth having to save time and irritation.

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