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... another Adobe® Creative Suite© technique from the folks at Adobe. This one is for Adobe Bridge and InDesign CS2

Snippets: a little word for a big help

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The new snippets feature in Adobe InDesign CS2 lets you turn any combination of elements in an InDesign document -- whether it's graphics, effects, text, or styles -- into reusable design objects. You can then share these objects with colleagues, reuse them in other documents, drag them into another layout, store them on a server where anyone can access them, or e-mail them to coworkers.

When you export an object as a snippet, InDesign creates a small XML file that retains the content, formatting, tags, and structure of the objects. And when you place or drag a snippet into a layout, InDesign re-creates the objects just as they were in the original layout, including the formatting and the relative positioning on the page.

Use snippets from Adobe Bridge

Snippets are perfect for objects that need to be reused in multiple versions of a document. Say you want to save a section of commonly used text or a page layout item such as a logo:

  1. Start Adobe Bridge and then open a layout in InDesign.
  2. Using a selection tool, select one or more objects on the page.
  3. Drag the selected objects to the open Bridge window.

Now you'll see a thumbnail preview of the snippet. You can drag the snippet file from the Bridge window to a new page. (Snippets include an .inds extension.)

[*] To add snippets to a document, do either of the following tasks:

[*]You can also create a snippet by doing any of the following procedures:

Now you can use the new snippets feature to turn any combination of elements in an InDesign document -- whether it's graphics, effects, text, or styles -- into reusable design objects.

Find the right images too...

Adobe Creative Suite 2 also makes it easier than ever to find the right image with Adobe Stock Photos. Find, edit, place, and buy royalty-free stock photos and the respective comps from within Adobe Creative Suite 2. You can purchase images from multiple leading image providers with one transaction and they'll all be covered under a single license agreement. Begin a search in Adobe Bridge by clicking Adobe Stock Photos in the Favorites pane.

From the support staff at Adobe

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