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WoodWing Releases Smart Styles 2 for InDesign 2

New version gains table style and scripting support By Dave Nagel
WoodWing Software has released Smart Styles 2.0 for Adobe InDesign 2.0. Smart Styles is a plugin for InDesign that allows designers to format text on a page, including complex layouts, with a single click. The new version gains several major feature additions, as well as workflow and scripting improvements.

Smart Styles brings a styles palette to Adobe InDesign that can automatically format the content of any text box--headlines, bylines, body copy, captions, etc. Styles can also be saved to the palette by dragging a block of text onto it. (The block of text can contain multiple styles as well.) Smart Styles 2.0 adds to this advanced table styles, transparency, drop shadows and feathering. It also offers an enhanced smart text styling engine, which now recognizes formatting without depending on paragraph or character styles.

For example, the content of a text frame can be formatted with multiple styles by selecting the style from the Smart Styles palette. This style selection can apply a variety of styles to the text in the text frame, including separate (and automatic) styles for headlines, decks, body copy, captions, etc.

Smart Styles also allows styling of individual tables or text frames containing multiple tables. As with text frames, sequence recognition helps determine how individual elements of the table will be styled automatically.

The Smart Styles are stored in an InDesign Library, which can be shared with other users. Text styles and swatches used by Smart Styles are automatically created when they are not available within the document.

Smart Styles 2.0 is available now for $149 for the full version or $49 for the upgrade from version 1.x. It's available for Macintosh and Windows. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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