Archive for May, 2012

InDesign CS6 | Arabic and Hebrew support

You can now create layouts and designs that contain Arabic and Hebrew text in InDesign CS6.  There are several features that let you create world-ready content.

Adobe World-Ready composers already give you flexibility to work with indic languages. Support for Hunspell open source dictionaries let you download and use dictionaries that you need. Arabic and Hebrew text has some additional complications. But InDesign CS6, Middle Eastern edition has features that handle the additional complexitites and let you create designs with Arabic, Hebrew, or mixed content.

Create Arabic and Hebrew content

Create Arabic and Hebrew content

To create Arabic and Hebrew content, you need some special treatment. For example, Arabic and Hebrew are right-to-left languages, so you need the ability to change the paragraph direction.

Several other features, such as specifying Text direction, story direction, binding direction are included. Other language specific features such as automatic Kashida insertion, Diacritical marks, and Diacritical coloring are also included.


See Arabic and Hebrew features in InDesign Cs6 for more details.

Also have a look at the other new features in InDesign CS6.

Download a Trial

Download a trial, and take it for a spin. I’m sure that you’ll like what you see. You can download the trial installer from the follow locations.




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InDesign CS6 | HunSpell dictionaries

Back in  CS5.5, InDesign added support for open-source Hunspell dictionaries to verify spelling and hyphenation.

In InDesign CS6, HunSpell is the default dictionary provider. Several dictionaries are shipped with the software, but you can also download additional spelling and hyphenation dictionaries from the OpenOffice website.

Using Hunspell to verify spelling and to hyphenate words, you are no longer limited by the number of languages shipped within the product. Dictionaries for over 90 languages are available for integration at the Open Office website. Several other sites also provide Hunspell dictionaries. You can download language dictionaries of your choice and add them to InDesign CS6.

InDesign CS6 Dictionary Preferences (Edit > Preferences > Dictionary)

InDesign CS6 Dictionary Preferences (Edit > Preferences > Dictionary)

To view the instructions, from within the product, click HunSpell Info in the dictionary preferences dialog box.

The instructions are also available at

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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InDesign CS6 | Online Help

I thought that I’ll compile a list of all the links at one place, and also try and explain the role each page plays. If you’ve installed the CS6, then you probably know this already; not sure how helpful this will be, but here it is.

  • Launching help from InDesign open the help content in your default web browser
  • The Adobe Help Manager lets you download offline help and notifies you when updated content is available.

See What’s new with Adobe Community Help for more detailed information.

Online Help

Help Hub page

The Help Hub page is a central page that contains information about getting started with the product and where to access the help from. Most of the links in this post can be accessed through the Help Hub page. It provides a single launch point from where you can access various resources.


The Topics page is displayed when you press F1 or choose Help > Online Help.  This  page replaces the Table-of-contents page, and does away with the “Tree” navigation and multiple clicking that was necessary in the earlier versions. (If you have stubby fingers like mine, this works quite nicely on tablets and phones too)



  • All help articles are at the same level, and clubbed under Topics
  • Small chunks of content have been consolidated into larger articles so that you get the entire context in a single page.
  • Articles that fall under multiple topics, appear multiple times so that you can find content from your natural workflow
  • Not all links are displayed under each topic. To view a complete list of the articles under each topic, click the More link next to the topic heading.
  • Clicking on the InDesign Help title/link (top-left of the page) will take you one level up to the Help Hub page.

Whats new in CS6

The What’s New in InDesign CS6 page lists the new features in InDesign CS6 in one place. Provides basic information about the features and helps you find the new features in the product. We have tried to add enough information so that you don’t have to look elsewhere to get started. However, hyperlinks take you to more detailed information for complex features.

  • Clicking on the InDesign Help title/link (top-left of the page) will take you one level up to the Topics page.

Getting Started

The Getting Started page lists resources that you can use to quickly learn the product. Whether you’re completely new to InDesign or just moved to CS6, you’ll find links to videos, blog posts, help articles that will help you get started. This page is frequently updated with new information as and when it becomes available.


The CS6 PDFs are not available yet. As soon as they are available, I’ll update this post to add the links.

The Offline PDFs are now available for download.

You can also download these using the Adobe Help Manager.

See the following post by my colleague Mallika for details: 5 FAQs about offline help in CS6.

Previous versions

If you need PDFs for the previous versions, such as CS5.5/5, you can access the PDFs for the previous versions from the Archives page.

InDesign Archive

InCopy Archive


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Changes to Save for web in Illustrator CS6

There have been some changes in the Illustrator CS6 Save for Web dialog box. For one, its not called Save for Web and Devices anymore.

Ivan David rounded up all the changes and put them in one place. Have a quick look, to see what the changes are.

The Save for Web feature is used, chiefly, to optimize artwork and images for the purpose of using it in web browsers and applications. This was achieved by optimizing image size and color. However, as the web evolves and bandwidth becomes increasingly and easily available, the Save for Web feature has also evolved to keep up with the times. The feature has been reworked, and the changes include availability of certain formats from different menu options, removal of the WBMP format and automatic HTML generation, and modifications to the slices feature.

Read the complete post here:

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InDesign CS6 | Export to PNG

You could always save your layouts as JPEG, but sometimes the results were less then pristine because JPEG, by design, is a lossy format. In today’s web and device dominated world, if anything you need a lossless format such as PNG. And in InDesign CS6, you can do just that. Read on to figure out how to save from InDesign as PNG. This is the Save as PNG capability that you’ve been waiting for.


Export as PNG

  • To export as PNG, choose File > Export (Ctrl/Command + E)  and then select PNG from the Save as Type drop down list.

Export options

PNG Export options dialog box

PNG Export options dialog box

You can export a selection, a range, or All pages/spreads in your document. Additional options lets you specify, quality, resolution (ppi), color space etc.

Download Trial

Download Trial

Have you taken the PNG export for a spin yet?  Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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