How can we improve InDesign?

Allow InCopy to be edited remotely by 3rd Parties (eg clients)

We prepare large copy-heavy documents for our clients using InDesign and InCopy. However, our clients are not technically minded and do not have access (or the technical ability) to the Adobe software needed to open such documents and provide edits/comments.

We therefore have to cut/paste the InCopy into a Microsoft Word document and send this, so that the client can edit/change/comment as necessary. They then return the Word file to us, and we re-link or re-copy the changes back into InCopy.

Unfortunately, during this process we often lose the formatting and pagenation, increasing the time it takes for the edits to be made, and increasing the chances of other mistakes being made.

We would love to see a mechanism by which we could allow the editing of InCopy documents online by non-Adobe customers so that all editing is contained within the Adobe workflow.

Ideally, we could send our clients a link which allows them to open the InCopy document, read and review it (perhaps even track changes), provide comment, and then save it for our acceptance. It would be good too if they could print the unformatted document out to read on paper.

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  • Anne-Marie Concepcion commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sounds like this workflow is better suited for Wordsflow from Emsoftware. It allows all the features you're talking about and avoids all the problems you're running into, including losing formatting when updating editorial changes. Check it out.

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