Archive for May, 2011

Learn InDesign CS5.5 new features with Video2Brain

A new course on InDesign CS5.5 presented by Chad Chelius was published recently by

InDesign CS5.5 New Features Workshop

CS5.5, only the second “dot” release in InDesign’s history, includes a variety of large and small additions and enhancements. For example, you can now drag and drop anchored objects and create linked text that’s updated when a change is made to the original text. There are also many new, powerful options related to exporting, including the ability to map styles to export tags and control how content is displayed when you export to EPUB, XHTML, and accessible PDF. In this workshop, Adobe Certified Instructor and InDesign expert Chad Chelius walks you through all these and more, so you can quickly incorporate the new features of InDesign CS5.5 into your workflow.


The nice folks at Video2Brain have posted some clips for all to see. Check the details below and head over to watch the videos.

PDF Enhancements

Print and prepress professionals will appreciate the fact that InDesign CS5.5 incorporates the latest PDF/X-4 standard. Watch this video to see how to take advantage of this latest standard when generating PDF files.


InDesign CS5.5 makes it easier than ever to add alternate text to images and graphics. In this video you’ll learn just how easy it is.

Drag and drop anchored objects

InDesign CS5.5 simplifies how in-line and anchored objects are created. This video shows you how to create in-line and anchored objects using the new drag-and-drop method!



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Add Audio and video to EPUB | InDesign CS5.5

In this episode from Adobe TV, Colin Fleming shows how simple it is to embed audio and video content in InDesign CS5.5 for export to EPUB.

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Why do we need alt-text for Text Frames in InDesign CS5.5?

Last week I wrote about the supercool Object Export Options, and how you can apply Alt-Text to different objects.

I had several people asking me why on earth do we need Alt-text for text frames? It’s already text, isn’t it? So I asked the product team, and this is what I learned.

Rasterize Text Frames to preserve styles, effects, and fonts

Rasterize Text Frames to preserve styles, effects, and fonts

Imagine a text frame for display type like a headline, with a bevel-emboss and drop shadow effect. In order to preserve this appearance in an HTML and EPUB export, you will need to apply custom image conversion settings (Object > Object Export Options > EPUB & HTML). In InDesign, it is still a text frame, but the resulting “image” in HTML/EPUB would need to have Alt-Text applied to describe the text that is rasterized in the export process.

You could also use it if you want to rasterize some text because you want to keep the styling/font intact. For example, a font which ePub is incapable of rendering which may be part of a logo, caption or larger design. In these cases it makes sense to first rasterize that text, and then apply some Alt-Text so when the ePub or HTML is “read aloud” then it can actually read out some text to go with what is now a raster.

Can you think of something else? Share it with us, post a comment below.

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Adobe Edge: May 2011 – Taking digital publishing to the tablet market with Adobe InDesign CS5.5

In the May 2011 issue of Adobe Edge, David Rich talks about publishing for tablet devices, and how Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is closing the time-to-market to deliver exceptional user experience to this new media.

Many traditional publishers, like Martha Stewart and Conde Nast, are taking advantage of new digital publishing opportunities on tablet devices. And they are not alone. Business publishers — organizations who make their money in ways other than selling content — are using digital publishing to extend their brand and engage their audiences. Take a look at major brands like Mercedes-Benz, EMI Music, and Red Bull. They are using tablet publications as a way to hook and engage consumers. But how does a print designer go about creating both a print and an online reading experience?

Read the complete article at Adobe Edge: May 2011 – Taking digital publishing to the tablet market with Adobe InDesign CS5.5.



Object Export Options for tagged PDF | InDesign CS5.5

In earlier posts, we saw how Object Export options can be used to specify Alt-text , and also specify custom image conversion settings for individual objects in the EPUB/HTML workflow. You can use Object Export Options to define apply PDF tags and add Actual Text to a PDF.

Object Export Options for tagged PDF

Object Export Options for tagged PDF

Apply Tag

This is the ability to apply the PDF tag to the container (aka frame). The value of the tag for the container can be generated in different ways:

  • For legacy InDesign files, it can be determined “from the Structure Pane”
  • Some graphic elements on a page have no important meaning when be read aloud by a voice reader and should be tagged as “Artifact”.
  • When set to “Based on Object”, InDesign will determine if the frame contains text or graphic content, and apply the appropriate tag “story” or “figure”.

Actual Text

In addition to alt text, PDF also supports Actual Text, which can be applied to graphic elements that visually look like text, but are in fact a graphic format. For example, a scanned TIFF image with text, or text converted to vector outlines. In these situations, Actual text should simply represent the characters and words that were “lost” in the process of converting to artwork. Actual text is ONLY relevant for tagged PDF.


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