InDesign CS6 New features roundup

InDesign is a versatile page layout software that provides pixel-perfect control over layout and design. In addition to the print, InDesign coupled with Digital Publishing Suite provides one of the easiest and most efficient methods of publishing on tablets.  This new release: InDesign CS6 carries new features and tools that will change the way you work. You can leverage and adapt content for different page sizes, devices and screens.

There are so many new features, that it’s easy to get confused. created a pretty comprehensive list for all of us.

While most of the features can be used to create multiple types of outputs, some are quite specific. I’ve made an attempt to list down (most?) of the InDesign new features, and categorized them as per the workflow they’re most likely to be used in.#1



Content Collector tools

Alternate layouts

Liquid layouts

Linked content

PDF Forms


Any media



EPUB/HTML export

Custom Style mapping

Grayscale preview

Place HTML

for DPS & EPUB3

Preserve local edits while updating links

Grayscale PDF Export

Place Adobe Edge designs

for DPS & EPUB3

Recently used fonts list


accessibility enhancments

Persistent text frame fitting


Publishing workspace

Pages panel enhancements

Enhanced packaging support

Primary text frame

Split window

Flexible column width

Align to Object

Hunspell enhancements


Any media

Export interactive PDF as pages

IDML option in File > Save


document intent

100% is 100% for cm and inches

Buttons and

Forms library

Complex calculations in dialog boxes

Keeps with spans and splits

Multilingual placeholder text

Export to PNG

Enhanced Zoom to Link

Extension Manager enhancements

Support for Arabic and Hebrew scripts

Support for Indic scripts

I wonder if I missed any? Over the next few weeks, I’ll add links to the table above to lead you to the detailed information about these features.

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

#1Your mileage may vary, but we’ll probably be heading in the same general direction.

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  1. #1 by Amy Adams on June 12, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    When exporting to epub, is a format suitable for iBooks through iStore for repurchase available? I am using a PC and want to get my books into the iStore.

  2. #2 by tali on July 11, 2012 - 5:10 pm

    i would like to know if at the new version there is:

    1. support for RE-FLOW in hebrew for PDF. untill now the re-flow was not good with Hebrew and RTL.
    2. will EPUB creation will have clean code and not need for more adjustments after Exporting?


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