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    I've been tasked with creating a "Newspaper front page template" that I would place certain text titles and images into, but someone else without design software would need to add/update content to (the actual articles). Not sure what the easiest way to go about this would be. I've started creating in InDesign and thought I could export and then create an editable PDF, but I don't know of a way to create columns of text in Acrobat. Any thoughts?

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    Hi Jslackster and welcome to GDF.

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    You could set up your InDesign file as an interactive form, and designate larger blocks/columns to be filled in. You can choose multi-line, so it might work. Or you could design it in Word.
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    • jslackster85
      jslackster85 commented
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      Thanks KitchWitch. That's the route I started to take in InDesign, but I realized after I export to PDF and edit in Acrobat, my columns are no longer formatted in the text box so that must not carry over in the export?? And I can't figure out any way to format that much in Acrobat.

    • KitchWitch
      KitchWitch commented
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      Not familiar with that glitch. I just add my free text boxes where I want and export as an interactive PDF. So far so good. Good luck.

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    Originally posted by jslackster85 View Post
    ...but someone else without design software would need to add/update content to (the actual articles)
    That a bit like hiring an architect to design a house that someone without hammers, saws or nails can build.


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      InCopy is the text editor that works together with an InDesign file. Limiations are that they can't add pages or add other text boxes than the ones you created in InDesign


      • B
        B commented
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        We use InCopy at work on several recurring publication projects. It does a good job of separating out the complexity of InDesign from the simple word processing functionality needed by copy editors. It also creates a nice workflow system where people aren't inadvertently stumbling over each other's work.

        The downside, considering the original poster's situation, is that InCopy still requires somebody in the office to be capable of using InDesign and setting up and administering the publishing system. The OP mentioned this being for a newspaper. I don't know the OP's definition of a newspaper, but any newspaper bigger than a twice-yearly neighborhood, one-page flyer requires knowing a few production skills beyond using MS Word.

      • Carlo
        Carlo commented
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        That is correct B, but the original poster was doing the template in InDesign so… And it was only the cover page





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