InCopy enables editors to write, edit, and design documents. The software includes standard word processing features such as spell check, change tracking and word count, and has various viewing modes that allow editors to visually inspect design elements in relation to publication layouts.
InCopy has three viewing modes: Story mode, galley mode and layout mode. The story mode is for reading and editing text in a screen-wide view without page formattings. The galley mode displays text without page formatting but with line numbers and the same line breaks seen in the layout mode. Both galley and story views show the names of the style sheets applied to the text but do not display the actual formatting. The layout mode shows the true page design layout along with images and overset text.
Although InCopy can be used as a word processor (with full printing and exporting functions), it is primarily used to integrate with the Adobe InDesign. Once integrated, writers, editors and designers can simultaneously work on the same page; the designer creates the page layout with InDesign, while editors simultaneously edit different stories with InCopy, via the Adobe LiveEdit rights management system. Publishers often use a publishing system including workflow- and rights-management to the design and editing capabilities of the publishing system software.
Option to insert special characters, including three Hebrew characters (geresh, gershayim, maqaf) and an Arabic one (Kashida)
Apply standard, Arabic or Hebrew styles for page, paragraph and footnote numbering
Bi-directional text flow: The notion of right-to-left behavior applies to several objects: Story, paragraph, character and table. Right-to-left and left-to-right content can be mixed.
Dictionary and hyphenation module: Includes a dictionary for Hebrew or Arabic for spelling check, with a choice of rules, like strict alef hamza, strict final yāʾ, both or none.
Enhanced font support: Supports most fonts shipped with the OS as well as a large number[quantify] of third-party fonts.
Search and replace: It is possible to search and change specific occurrences of Middle Eastern characters, words, groups of words, or text formatted a certain way across a selection, one or more stories, a document, or multiple open documents. Searching for OpenType attributes such as fractions and swashes is also supported.
Importing and exporting: Can import QuarkXPress files, even using Arabic XT, Arabic Phonyx or Hebrew QXPressWay fonts, retaining the layout and content. Includes 50 import and export filters.