What if I told you that for $4.99/month you could have access to thousands of fonts, websites hosted to show off your work, and 100 gigabytes of cloud storage to boot? Would you be interested? Yeah? Read on for the details.
As an InDesign user that works with writers and editors, I am a huge fan of InCopy. I’ve never quite understood why anyone involved in a collaborative workflow would resist using it. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s an editorial companion to InDesign and allows writers and editors to edit the content of an InDesign layout. They can see the layout but can’t alter it. It’s far superior to marked-up PDFs and other “solutions” that require the designer (in this case, me) to get involved. In a nutshell, writers and editors open the layout in InCopy, make the editorial changes and when the InDesign user opens the file all of the edits are automagically updated.
While I’d be pleased if this post raises your curiosity, the real purpose of it is to bring attention to the benefits beyond the application itself. Before I get into that, InCopy is included in a full Creative Cloud subscription so if you already subscribe you have access to it. If you do happen to be curious, go right ahead and install it. You can find plenty of tutorials online and if you have a LinkedIn Learning (AKA lynda.com) account, my friends Anne-Marie Concepción and Chad Chelius have excellent courses there.
Back to the topic at hand. In addition to the desktop design and video applications, a full Creative Cloud account includes access to the aforementioned 100 gigabytes of cloud storage, thousands of high-quality fonts, Adobe portfolio websites, and Adobe
Spark Express. I’ll let you click on those links to see what’s included in them but here’s the reason I’m writing this. You don’t have to pay more than $600/year for a full account to get those things. You can get a single application subscription to InCopy for a stunningly low $4.99/month and still get all of those extras. The fonts alone are worth way more than that. If you never install or launch InCopy you’re still getting more than your money’s worth. Come on…we all love fonts, don’t we?
You’ve read this far, so I’m guessing you’re still Interested. Head on over to Adobe’s site and sign up. You will have to commit to a one year subscription to get the $4.99/month price but you’ll have a really hard time convincing me that all of those extras for $60/year isn’t worth it. Even if you’ve moved to alternatives for Adobe’s design applications such as those offered by Affinity, this is something you should consider.
Not really sure? You can sign up for a seven-day trial. What’s the worst that can happen? You may even find out how great InCopy is.
And finally, if you’re involved in collaborative InDesign workflows and want to learn more about InCopy, feel free to visit my business site, BobLevineDesign.com or contact me for a no-obligation consultation.