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    Need More Info  ·  Anonymous responded

    Thanks for making this request. In order to understand the use-case more better I have a few questions:

    1. Whats the role of the different people working collaboratively on the same file. Are they always only designers or are other personas also involved.
    2. What is the use-case here, some parts of this request suggest an Editorial collaboration whereas others suggest collaboration amongst different designers. I am trying to separate these 2 requests out.
    3. What are the different kind of files (brochures, books, magazines etc) for which this is required.
    4. Does it need to be a web based service, or having the user be able to collaborate on one shared file using InDesign or InCopy on the Desktop will work? What is the advantage you feel over a web-service over the desktop app?
    5. How do you workaround this need today? What are the most important problems with…

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    Laura Shanae commented  · 

    1. The Creator (master user) would be a chief editor, who can easily review the history of edits on each page and batch-finalize changes if the end look is right. Trusted Designers get their changes auto-approved. Assistant Designers must have ALL their changes/additions finalized by a Trusted Designer. Text-only Editors would be useful---with the ability to add, move, edit text boxes, and make assignments.

    2. I produce a 72-page spread magazine called Mythulu eMagazine every three months. I have to do it single-handedly, even though we have two assistant designers, because they're still learning basic design principles and I don't have a way to review their edits and undo them easily.

    Our magazine team is growing---now multiple writers, editors, and a magazine assistant. But we're struggling to manage workflow, and it all keeps coming back to me after raw text approval because I'm the only person who has live access to the files.

    Right now InDesign supports text assignments through InCopy, but 80% of the people who would the InDesign file aren't initial content creators. They are all reviewing all the content in passes---one person checks spelling. Another verifies font styles. Another cleans up alignment. Someone else is responsible for putting in attributions and fact-checking. When everyone touches the same content for different reasons, InCopy no longer makes sense. It HAS to be a live-collaboration view.

    With that in mind, the BEST IMAGINABLE VIEW for the Chief Editor/Designer is for everyone on the team to have a filter view that highlights every object type on the document that their user is responsible for. When they have done their personal part for that object, they can mark it "done"---but it's only done for their user. The Chief Editor could see at a glance what content hasn't been verified yet and what still needs to be done for it. Chief Editor/Designer should be able to mark an object fully completed (which locks it) and/or check the box on behalf of another user.

    3. Any InDesign file! Especially bigger projects. The bigger the project, the more desperate we are for live editing.

    4. Web and desktop are both okay. I expect the web version would be reduced-feature, but even being able to adjust images, fonts, master pages, basic layouts live collaboratively and manage designer specialization would be a huge benefit.

    5. I do everything myself. 😭😭😭😭

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