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117: Thou shall persevere with InDesign’s Table functionality

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Commentary Early in my career I worked for a design firm that did a lot of work for the tourism industry, so that meant brochures with lots of complex price tables created “by hand” in QuarkXPress®. All the rows and columns were separately drawn rules and all the text was tabbed by hand or a series of individually linked text boxes. Boy, was it difficult and timeconsuming work, but what a sense of achievement when you’d completed a table with all the footnotes and extras. Until, that is, the client calls to say they need to “add three weeks to the season and oh, by the way, we secured rooms in two more hotels.” Without table functionality it’s start again—no going home for you tonight, my friend. With table functionality, it’s “insert two columns” and “insert three rows,” adjust the size a little, and you’re off to a bar for a well-deserved beer. It’s not that intuitive a process to be honest, but it’s worth sticking with in case yo....TS


  

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