Articles on InDesign CS5

Lots of good articles and videos on the new features in InDesign CS5.

InDesign CS5 New Feature Videos – Anne-Marie ConcepciĆ³n created videos about the new InDesign CS5 videos. If you subscribe to, you can view them all. If you’re not a member, you can view the six underlined ones. They’re good.

Eight Great New Features in InDesign CS5 – Just a fantastic article by a fantastic writer.

PC Magazine’s Review of InDesign CS5 – Matthew Murray raves about the new version:

“If print is actually dying, someone forgot to tell Adobe. Not only do the changes the company has stuffed into the latest version of InDesign ($699 list new, $199 list upgrade) rank among the most extensive and useful any product has received in Creative Suite 5, they also represent a major (and long overdue) sea change for the product itself.”

Entertaining Video on Spanning and Splitting Columns – Tim Cole is back! If you’re an InDesign fan, pay attention to Tim Cole’s blog. In this 8-minute video, Tim covers the new Span/Split Columns feature in InDesign CS5, including pitfalls to avoid. I was a little disappointed that Tim didn’t break out his Pee Wee Herman voice, but at least he gave us a Monty Python song, “Span, span, span, span . . . wonderful span.”

Video on using InDesign CS5 content in Flash Pro – Paul Trani created this excellent video on the FLA export feature in InDesign (which was called XFL export in CS4). Paul is coming at this from a Flash Pro angle.

By the way, if you want to view the animated SWF file that was exported from InDesign, I posted the City Guide here. I’ll have more to say about animation and interactivity later.

Michael Murphy’s 36-minute overview – Michael goes over most of the new features in this videocast on He doesn’t post content very often, but when he does, it’s worth the wait.

That’s all for now.

5 Responses to Articles on InDesign CS5

  1. Ben says:


    I was wondering if there was somewhere that I could actually download the city guide so I could see how it looks in InDesign?? Thanks! Also, can you tell me what font they used to write the words, “City Guide” on the first page? Thanks!

    • Bob Bringhurst says:

      Unfortunately, the City Guide demo files are accessible only for Adobe employees and external networks for partners and trainers at I’ll see if I can get permission to post the files on my blog.

      I’m not sure what the font is because it was converted into outlines.

  2. Ben says:

    Thank you! Please comment when you find out if you can/can’t post it!

  3. Darren says:

    Hi Bob

    I too was hoping to have the ID file to help with my learning. I am still really puzzled though by how you get the white border around the file – when I export I only get grey.

    If you could advise that would be much appreciated.



  4. Teri says:

    Me too. I would really like to browse the file. Now that CS5.5 is out maybe you could release it.