InDesign guides and grids
GuideGuide is a plugin for quickly and easily creating InDesign guides and grids, with more power and flexibility than InDesign’s built-in grid tools — and it works wherever you do.
Rows. Can you believe rows are a selling point? GuideGuide can do rows, something InDesign’s layout tool has never been able to do. And it’s like… the least interesting feature.
Use GuideGuide to add InDesign guides in your master pages, for layouts throughout your document. Or use it within a selection to figure out how position a pull quote content. Or line arbitrary stuff up with other arbitrary stuff so you can do some high falutin bauhaus bullsh*t. The sky’s your oyster with GuideGuide.
What can you do with GuideGuide?
Create rows and columns and baseline grids.
Place guides based on your canvas, artboard, page, selection.
Mark the edges or midpoints of things.
Clear guides based on your selection.
Add guides based on aspect ratios.
Create grids based on other grids.
Go beyond traditional grid tools.
Save your grid templates and bits.
How does GuideGuide work?
InDesign guides are a built-in feature that let you add lines to your document to assist with mesurement and alignment. They only appear in InDesign and don’t end up in your final work.
GuideGuide is a plugin that creates grids using these guides, without the limitations and constraints of InDesign’s layout features.
Ok, but why should you use GuideGuide?
Be flexible and contextual
Built-in grid tools are made for basic scenarios and only work within strict contexts, like the current page. Do you consider yourself strict and basic? GuideGuide can create grids anywhere, based on anything.
Be smarter than “smart” guides
Sure, design apps have automatic guides. Screw ’em and their passive aggressive “you seem like you need my help” attitude. GuideGuide is always there, when you want help.
Be a non-conformist
Pedestrian columns and rows are fine, but you are an artist with ideas that don't fit into nice little boxes.
Be a pervert
Be honest — you really like the golden ratio. Or maybe Fibonacci is your thing? However you get weird with the lights off and a deadline fast approaching, GuideGuide supports your choices.
Does GuideGuide cost money? Yes it does.
But you’re a professional — you gotta spend money to make money. Besides, your support helps this guy (points two thumbs at myself) continue being an independent software developer.
It feels right
GuideGuide does its best to look native to the app you use it in, ill-advised platform design choices and all.
We’ve gone soft. Our modern design tools, great as they are, hold our hands in the direction of what is easy to build and optimize. They deprioritize whack-ass ideas that scare product managers but are cool as sh*t when someone has the audacity to make them work.
GuideGuide raises a middle finger to tools that limit creative potential. If you’re a designer that wants to do work that is different from the rest, GuideGuide will help you do it.
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