In InCopy CC Fundamentals, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started with using InCopy CC for your writing projects. First, you will learn all about the InCopy interface, and how to manipulate it to your liking. Then, you'll get right into writing and all of the intricacies of the InCopy writing experience. Finally, you'll look at how to collaborate with a team on your InCopy writing projects, and how you can export documents for other word processors. By the end of this course, you will have a solid foundation for writing with InCopy. Software required: InCopy CC.
As a freelance graphic designer with over 20 years' experience, Pariah sits on the Adobe Advisory Group, is an Adobe Freelancer, and is an Adobe Community Professional and a former trainer and technical lead for Adobe's technical support teams for InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Introduction Hi, I'm Pariah Burke, one of the world's leading experts on Adobe InCopy, its oldest proponent, and one of the most prolific writers and trainers on the subject of InCopy. I'm a writer myself, I've written a dozen books, a few hundred published articles, and my fair share of press releases and marketing material. I've used Microsoft Word since the '90s, but Word isn't really a writer's tool. Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say, Word isn't a tool zeroed in on a writer's needs. Word tries to be all things to all people. I'm not the first to describe it as an everything-in-the-kitchen- sink kind of tool. It's a word processor, certainly, with excellent spell checking, change tracking, and copy editing features, but they're hidden behind and between Mail Merge, and Charting, and Page Layout, and Web Design tools. Serious writers and editors prefer a more focused writing environment. That's one thing InCopy provides, with equally excellent spell checking, change tracking, and copy editing features, as well as features Word doesn't have, such as always visible, real-time line, word, and character counts, configurable text substitution, and of course, ultra-deep integration with Adobe InDesign, the worldwide standard in professional publication and page layout production. If you're just starting your career in professional writing, you might not have much fear of switching from Word. In my experience training more than 2, 000 writers and editors to use InCopy, I know it can be scary for those who've worked in Word for a while. Deadlines are always looming, and there's a strong temptation to just keep using Word, an application in which you know you can do the job, albeit, not with ease or joy, and with more than a little frustration, I get it. As I said, I'm a writer myself, I once had to make the same transition now facing you. I've helped so many learn InCopy to become proficient, then productive, then happy writing in InCopy. Over the next couple of hours, I'm going to do the same for you. By the end of this course, you'll wonder how you ever put up with writing and editing in Word for so long. I've specifically constructed this course so that you can use you own documents as you're going through it, as you're learning each lesson, use your own files, if you can. If you can't, or if you don't have the right type of file on hand, go ahead and use the downloadable lesson files. In there you'll find a Word document and an RTF, you'll find an Excel file for when we start working Excel data, you'll find a number of InCopy ICML files, as well as an InCopy IMCT template, which will make sense once we get into working with the template, and then you'll also find a couple of InDesign INDD documents. Those you can open in InCopy as well, just go to File, Open, and then open the InDesign document directly in InCopy. It will then load up the assignments and InCopy files contained in the Secret Museum of Man Assignments, which are for when we're working with images, and the superscript subscript Folder, which are for when we're working with formatting text. Again, if you can, work with your own files, if not, these lesson files are there for you.
Collaborating Microsoft Word is the most popular word processor in the world on all platforms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and nowadays, even the web. There are of course a number of challengers to Word's crown, Google Docs, Apple Pages, Open Office, Corel WordPerfect, and a few others, but none of those is a serious threat to Word at this time. More importantly, all of the would-be Word usurpers can open and save Word and RTF documents. RTF, if you're not familiar with it, stands for rich text format, kind of a generic and open source Word document equivalent, free of proprietary patent claims and licensing fees. InCopy can import and save to Word and RTF documents, which Microsoft Word and all other word processors can open and save. Thus, as an InCopy user you are free to collaborate with peers who don't use InCopy. Thus, for the next couple of videos, I'm going to focus on collaborating with Word users. After that, the rest of the lesson will be collaborating between InCopy users and yourself, making notes, tracking changes and more.