I have CS5 (for PC), and I write for a small magazine that's assembled by someone else. The designer continually messes with my articles, which I lay out in InDesign5: paragraph indents go missing (yes, I set up paragraph styles with distinct names to prevent this from happening), and typos wind up in them that I don't send, plus funky formatting (bigger spaces between type lines that I didn't put there) and hyphenation issues (I sent one long sentence as two shorter lines of type connected by Shift-Return, and the mag winds up with one line of type going entirely across the page, with the last few letters of a word on a second line all by themselves. Needless to say, I'm unhappy when the magazine arrives. For the last couple of issues, I have frozen some of the smaller bits of text in a non-Adobe program and copied them to InDesign so they can't be mess with!
So, I really have three questions, the first relating to .pdf.
1. I sent my latest article in InDesign3 (from my old PC; see question #2, because there is no need to address this). I then found Ctrl-Export by which to send the article as a .pdf so that the designer can see my intentions for indents and such. The managing editor just happened to mention that they can't use .pdfs in the magazine. Not that I was suggesting this, but what's the problem with it? I've never tried File\Place with a .pdf; can it be done? Also, my local print shop >likes< .pdfs to print from. Again, what's the problem?
2. The receiving computer is a Mac (don't know what OS), using CS>4<. (I just learned last week about saving backwards from InDesign5, and am going to test this with the designer, in hopes that works for next time.) How much of a difference can I expect to see in kerning/tracking when a .indd travels from one computer to another, as well as different platforms? I'm wondering if I need to leave a significant widow on the last line of each paragraph to allow for spill-over if the characters come out a little wider on the Mac. This issue has been ongoing, anyway, and I would like to know if a change in kerning/tracking is a computer given or due solely to human error.
3. Is there anything I can do to simply freeze all text in a .indd, without making a .pdf, so that the designer's only choice is to copy and paste?
I hope there is a way to put a stop to all of this so that my articles come out WYSIWYG. Thanks,