InCopy CS4 Hands-On Guide

Great news! Adobe has given me permission to post the InCopy CS4 Hands-On Guide, a 38-page PDF that I wrote for them last year, on the blog. This is essentially the same guide they gave to software reviewers right before CS4 came out, to help get them up to speed with the new features, but with added content for new users.


Download the InCopy CS4 Hands-On Guide (5 MB PDF file)
Download the Sample (150 MB)

Although the introductory section gives newbies an overview of the InCopy/InDesign workflow itself, the main focus of the guide are the new features in InCopy CS4. You become familiar with each of these new features — like cross-references, conditional text, the new Links panel, and so on — by downloading the accompanying sample files and following along with the step-by-step exercises in the guide. Instructions for installing the sample files and setting up your preferences are in the beginning of the Hands-On Guide.

If you’d like a peek, here’s my “anatomy of the Assignments panel in InDesign” illustration, from the introductory section:


The sample files used in the hands-on exercises are the same ones that Adobe sales staff use in their own demos, so if you’ve attended any of these, you may already be familiar with the fictional Check magazine.


[I still insist that this guy who’s profiled in the magazine’s feature story (he’s supposed to be the lead actor in an upcoming feature film) is a lost Baldwin brother! But Adobe says no, he’s just an actor the design firm hired for the shoot. I don’t know — you tell me:]


16 Responses to “InCopy CS4 Hands-On Guide”

  1. Judy Hewitt says:

    He does look a little like the Baldwins. But, I also think he favors James Denton from Desperate Housewives. Jamie’s from Nashville and his mom used to work with me at LifeWay.

  2. Christophe Dhélin says:

    Hi Anne-Marie
    it seems there is an issue with the simple file download link !?

    Thannks a lot with this great help

  3. Anne-Marie says:

    Hi Christophe … I couldn’t find anything wrong with the link, but I rebuilt it anyway. Refresh the page and try again.

  4. Lucia Coccoli says:

    Sheen/Estevez – that’s my vote!

  5. Andrea says:

    I think the problem Christophe is referring to is that the link to “Download the InCopy CS4 Hands-On Guide” links to the assets zip file instead of the PDF.
    Thanks for yet another great resource, Anne-Marie!

  6. Anne-Marie says:

    Hmmm some weirdness there. I’ve removed the shortcut from the ZIP file, so now it just goes directly to our dropbox folder to download. Let’s see if that helps.

  7. Anne-Marie says:

    Okay, here’s Sheen, Estevez, Denton, and Billy Baldwin. So … maybe not. But he’s of that ilk. 😉

  8. Christophe Dhélin says:

    thanks a lot, it works perfectly right now. Previously I had the pdf on both links, even if the link was a little different. BTW I use Safari 3 on my Mac.

  9. Bridget says:

    Thank you – this is great!

  10. Carol Vogt says:


    Link to the InCopy guide does not work. Can you email it to me? I managed to get the sample files though.


  11. Anne-Marie says:

    The link for the PDF is this:
    When you click it, it actually resolves to this:

    If you click the first link, it helps me track how many people download the PDF, which Adobe is interested in learning (yes, Adobe, people ARE hungry for InCopy info! lol). If you’re having trouble with it, though, just use the long second link.

  12. Carol Vogt says:

    Thanks that did work. Yippee

  13. Anne-Marie says:

    I just updated the post to let people know that the Sample Files are now available on my account.

  14. Alyce Barry says:

    Sorry to bother you, but neither of these links seems to work. Is the guide still available somewhere? Thanks for any help.

  15. Anne-Marie says:

    Sorry about that Alyce, looks like (the link shortening service) went out of business. So that’s a pain!

    I’ve moved both files to new locations, they should work now.

  16. Katie Stout says:

    I’m having trouble opening the PDF. What is the most recent link I should click on? I got the zip one to save under downloads but it doesn’t open from there. Thanks for the help!

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