Archive for September, 2008

InDesign CS4 Help Is Live

We’ve just posted InDesign CS4 Help and InCopy CS4 Help on the Web. We still have some work to do and bugs to fix, but we figured that you’d get a lot of benefit from taking an early peek.

To take a look at new features, here’s a link to What’s new in InDesign CS4. And here’s a link to What’s new in InCopy CS4. These topics list the top new features, with links to detailed information about each.

Note that many links to video tutorials, other Help documents, and white papers are still not functional, and the search doesn’t really work yet. And commenting isn’t turned on yet. This should all be fixed when the CS4 products actually ship.

To talk about InDesign CS4 and ask questions, visit the InDesign user forum. Or visit the InCopy user forum.

Here’s a link to the new Community Help page, which is still a work in progress:
InDesign Community Help

If you have any suggestions for improving Help, email me (I spelled it out here to avoid spam): bbringhu at adobe dot com

Links to the Best InDesign Resources

The newest Creative Suite version will include a new wrinkle in Help. You’re going to be able to search the help topics along with a number of community resources—blogs, user forums, knowledge base articles, and so forth. The search is basically a limited Google search. I’ll add links to the best sites in the Custom Search Engine, and those sites will show up in search results, ranked according to Google’s metrics.

I want you to let me know what your favorite InDesign websites are. If you have a blog, leave your link in a comment, and I’ll consider adding your website to the search engine. I can also add links to the best videos and articles in the related help topics, either directly or as a comment.

Here are some of my favorite InDesign resources:

Getting Started

Lynda.com tutorials - Subscription site, but many videos are free.

About.com

Layers Magazine

Blogs

InDesign Secrets - David Blatner and Anne Marie Concepción provide a steady stream of podcasts, videos, articles, and tips.

The InDesigner - Michael Murphy’s excellent videos and articles

Seneca Design - Anne-Marie again. The InCopy site is one of the best resources for InCopy workflows.

Tim Cole’s InDesign BackChannel - News and resources.

Instant InDesign - Video podcasts and downloadable exercise files from Gabriel Powell.

Creative Mentor - I like the format of providing videos to go with the articles.

The Graphic Mac

Gilbert Consulting

Cari Jansen

User Forums

Adobe user forums

InDesign Talk

Videos and Podcasts

Adobe TV – Check out the Caffe Fibonacci videos with Tim Cole and Rufus Deuchler.

Creative Sweet - Get it? Sweet, not Suite? Oh, nevermind.

Adobe Creative Suite Podcast

Have I missed any of your favorite sites? Let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me (bbringhu at adobe dot com).