[Cross-posted with the UAFDKOML group]

I'm starting to receive some questions about features not working in InDesign CS5 when a non-Latin language or "No Language" is selected. And this is happening with fonts that worked fine in CS3 and CS4.

From the cases I've seen, the bugs were in the fonts. More specifically, the feature file code lacked languagesystem declarations. Regarding InDesign CS5, what I can tell you is that this version is more strict than CS3 and CS4 were in terms of dealing with language and script tags. So if the fonts don't have lookups for all the necessary languagesystems, ID CS5 will just stick to what's in the font rather than creating them on-the-fly, like CS3 and CS4 used to do.

Hi Typophiles,

I've got an essay which has been written in MS Word and I'm trying to transfer it into Indesign for aesthetic purposes. I'm not too concerned with re-setting the type however I have a number of references in the copy which are linked to footnotes. Is there any way of exporting those references to Indesign so that they are still linked to the relevant text?


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More Languages in Indesign

Has anyone experience with this Indesign Plugin? It should enable Indesign to deal with a lot more languages like arabic and CJK.


Hello, i'm a new FontLab user. I made an opentype font with features but some of these aren't compatible with InDesign (for example: fina). There is a features list compatible with InDesign?? Or i'm in mistake? Someone can tell me what's the problem? thanks for the answers!

Ok i must be going crazy here but i just cant figure out how to set up this grid in indesign. can anyone help?

its for a booklet, dimensions are as follows:

240mm x 120mm when opened as spread

120 mm x 120 mm: single page

thanx in advance.

ID geniuses, got a question for your gigantic brains.

This may or may not be an easy one...

I doing a lot of production work now and I'd like to create a Find/Change or a GREP search that will allow me to change multiple dates at once.

the format changes from file to file and usually follows these 4 formats and its also possible that all 4 formats could be used in one document.

XX/XX/XX (8 characters)

XX/XX/10 (8 characters)

XX/XX/2010 (10 characters)

9/26/10 - wrong date in-place. (6 – 8 characters depending on the month)

Instead of having 4 different searches, is it possible to do one search that look for any/all of these text formats and change them at once?


Does anyone know if the size of spaces (ie. spacebar keystroke) can be altered in Indesign & can this be programmed into the type formating style?

It's not even been a year, and my overpriced Dell Studio 15 is making funny noises. I'm tired of flimsy plastic, cheap keys, and bizarre errors, and seriously considering buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Does anyone own one and can share a bit about what they about the computer? Specifically, is anyone running Adobe CS5 apps on it? Can it handle them well?

Your input would be proverbially much appreciated.

I am building a booklet at work and am having fits getting my pagination the way I would like it.

I am working in InDesign CS3. I have applied special character page numbers to the A-Master pages. I have applied a separate master page to the front and back cover, so they are not counted in the pagination.

After the cover, the first two pages (the first spread) of the booklet is the table of contents. I want the pagination to begin on the page after the table of contents. So, I have applied the table of contents pages to the same master page as the cover. The page numbering begins on the page after the table of contents. This is all good.

Hello fellow typophiles,

I am having a problem embedding chinese fonts on PDF to print and view. This topic has been discussed before on, but I have hit another roadblock and would like to ask if anyone with the same problem found a solution.

I designed a magazine (260+ pages) on InDesign CS3 on a Mac running OS 10.4 in mandarin, using the native mac font STHeiti. When it was time to send the piece to the printers, I discovered that the font was blocked and could not be embedded on a PDF.

I have a new project that is working with about 60 pages filled with type, can anyone offer any advice?


While InDesign CS4 doesn't feature a kerning table, it does support GREP styles, which can be used to apply custom kerning values to extended text settings. Because I haven't seen this documented in a truly helpful way (not that I've looked too hard) and some peeps have asked about it, here's a quick writeup of a possible procedure. Maybe if some of you have corrections or suggestions how to do it better, we can put together a killer workflow. (Scuse the atypically looong post… I figured Typophile was still the best place to put this.)

So in the text above, note the absence of a kern pair for «Tó» while «To» looks fine.

Step 1: Kern the pair manually, once.


I'm in the midst of building a font family in FontLab and am having some trouble getting the fonts to display in the correct order in font drop-down menus when I finally install them. Sometimes they work, but sometimes they are out of order, which makes it all the more baffling to me.

This family has nine weights, and all the weight names and numbers are pretty standard. I've checked and double-checked and it doesn't seem like I've done anything wrong.

The data for the weights I've entered into FontLab are as follows:

Light (300)
Book (400)
Roman (500)
Medium (600)
Semibold (700)
Bold (800)
Heavy (900)
Black (1000)
Ultra (1100)

"What is the quickest way to replace paragraph styles in a large number of InDesign documents?"

i've designed a large typeface family for a large client. they've had the beta version for a while, and already used it extensively.

we just installed the final version, which has its new final name, and partially renamed weight names too. opening their many files now, they get "missing fonts" alerts.

since it is their first custom font, they are understandably surprised, and frustrated that they might have to re-spec so many docs one by one. isn't there any way this process could be reduced / simplified / expedited, via macros, scripts, actions or such?

At least three versatile families that were included with CS3 are no longer bundled with CS4. That's disappointing. (I'm on a work machine that did not have CS3 installed.)

Does CS4 have substantially fewer fonts bundled than CS3?

This is a difficult thing to search for since 'line' means a number of things within the scope of InDesign and PDF.

I'm talking about the small black line down the middle of each spread, and sometimes (I don't know why) outlining the entire page. Sure, I can cover them up with white lines in the master pages, but is there some way of keeping them from ever exporting?

I'm using CS4. Crop marks are turned on; PDF export follows the document's 0.125-inch bleed settings. I'm exporting to Acrobat 5 by default.


Hello Typophiles,

Could anyone point me to any helpful resources on creating interactive PDFs in InDesign CS4? I've found a few tutorials, but I was wondering if there is a quality book/e-book written on the subject.


Hi, I'm new to these forums and am having some trouble getting a font I'm working on off the ground. I'm using FontLab Studio and currently everything exports fine, except when I'm in Adobe InDesign the small font "preview" does not show up next to the name like all the other fonts do. It is in the right order, and the typeface itself works fine, but for some reason that little preview with the name of the font does not show up on the font menu. Oddly enough the font preview shows up in MS Word, but not InDesign. Any idea why this might be?

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