Archive for May, 2012

InDesign CS6 | Grayscale preview and export

Among the various new features in InDesign CS6, Grayscale Preview and Export should come in really handy to all print designers. For any print jobs that also need a grayscale output, you no longer need to maintain a separate file. You also don’t need to send the full color PDF to the printer and cross your fingers that they’ll do a proper conversion. This feature gives you proper control on your design, and reduces extra work for maintaining different layouts.


Grayscale Preview

Several Dot Gain profiles are available with InDesign CS6 that you can use to preview your layouts. Using this feature you can avoid maintaining different layouts for full-color and grayscale outputs.

  1. Use Proof Setup (View > Proof Setup) to specify grayscale proof options, and choose a Dot Gain or Gamma destination.
  2. After you’ve setup the proof, choose View > Proof Colors to toggle between grayscale and color output.

Export Grayscale PDF

When you export a grayscale PDF all page items, irrespective of their original color space, are converted to grayscale while exporting to PDF.

  1. Export document to PDF (Print)
  2. Click the Output tab in the PDF export options dialog box.
  3. From the Color Conversion list, choose Convert To Destination.
  4. Under Destination, choose a Dot Gain or Gray Gamma destination.
PDF Export Options dialog box

PDF Export Options dialog box

Have you tried out this feature yet?  Let us know what you think. Do you think that you can use it for other workflows as well?

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 | Indic support and preferences

With InDesign CS6, you have the ability to create documents using indic text. Adobe World-Ready Composer (WRC) provides correct word shaping for many of the non-Western scripts, such as Devanagari. Adobe World-Ready composers in the International English version of InDesign, support several indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam, and Kannada.


Hunspell spelling and hyphenation dictionaries are included in InDesign CS6, and so is the Adobe Devanagari font family.

Adobe World-Ready Composer

Enable the Adobe World-Ready Composer through a paragraph style (Paragraph Style >Justification > Composer) or using the Paragraph panel menu.

Indic preferences

InDesign CS6 also provides a script that you can use to set Indic preferences. This script does the following:

  • Sets Adobe World-Ready composer as the default composer.
  • Specifies using Adobe World-Ready Composer for [No Paragraph Style]. This enables you to import content into InDesign.
  • Sets the font locking preferences. This means typing in Indic script in a font that doesn’t support Indic will switch to one that does.
  • If you try to change text that has Indic to a font that doesn’t support those glyphs will bring up a warning.
  • In addition, it also changes the default page size, and snap zone

Set Indic preferences

Set Indic preferences to work on indic scripts, and correctly import content into InDesign.

  1. Choose Window > Utilities > Scripts
  2. Double-click indicPreferences.js
  3. Open a new document or restart InDesign

To dump indic preferences, simply revert to the default preferences.

  • On Windows, press Shift +Ctrl+Alt and then start InDesign CS6
  • On Mac OS, press Shift+Command+Alt and then start InDesign CS6

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


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Adobe Creative Cloud | How it can change the way you work

This blog post is about why I think Adobe® Creative Cloud™ has the potential to change the way we work, the problems it solves, and effect it may have on the way the traditional digital media businesses operates.


What is Creative Cloud?

Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine.

Adobe Creative Cloud

A lot has already been said about the offering:

At the heart of it, Adobe Creative Cloud it offers compelling value to designers.

But the more I think about it, I see it as an agent for change. As it rolls out and touches other parts of the digital media ecosystem, it has the potential to simplify business and streamlines operations. So that you can concentrate on doing what you do best: Design!

Offers compelling value

Typically, you use several tools and platforms in your day to day lives: Creative Suite Software, tablet applications, cloud storage such as DropBox or Google Drive etc. If you add up the cost of all software that you use, you’ll be way over the subscription cost for Adobe Creative Cloud.

So, in brief, Creative Cloud is:

  • Creative Suite applications. All of them. You can install as many (or as few) as you want.
  • Access to latest software. For example, Adobe Muse and Edge Preview.
  • Adobe Touch tools for tablet devices
  • Services such as  TypeKit, and Digital Publishing Suite
  • Cloud storage
What makes it even more compelling is:
  • Multi-platform. Yes, both Mac OS and Windows
  • Integration between the various components. For details see the Creative Cloud product page.

For more information, head over to the Buying Guide and see how it stacks up.

Access to latest software

In today’s fast paced world where technology changes in the blink of an eye, you need the latest tools. The speed with which you adapt to new technologies plays a crucial role in how successful you are. Adobe Creative Cloud ensures that you’ll always have the latest and greatest software. As updates are released, they’ll reach you. If new software is added to the offering, it’ll reach you. You’ll never have to fork over extra cash for these new features, or wait for the next upgrade.

If you operate your own business, or talk to your accountants, you’ll also appreciate the simplicity of this model. No mores accounting hassles. No more additional purchase orders or invoices to track. No planned budget overruns.

Expand service offerings

Traditionally, folks specialized in particular arts or mediums. The video people are different from print guys, and web guys are ones with long beards in the basement hacking away at the keyboards, and tablet folks are geeks with all the Objective C and stuff.

Adobe Creative Cloud, in its own way erases these boundaries. (OK, does not erase them but lowers the barriers to entry.) You can now expand into adjacent markets, and offer services in areas that you earlier were not operating in. As there is no upfront cost of acquiring new software, it is less expensive for a print specialist to move into digital publications for tablet devices. (and maybe later evolve into video production). This also empowers you to create true multi-media deliverables that were expensive due to upfront software costs.

Adobe Creative Cloud, by leveling the field, will probably hot up some competition. All providers in the market will have access to the same tools.  And talent will shine through sooner, rather than later.

Remove fragmentation

If you’ve ever sent a file to the printing service, and have them call back and say that they can’t open the file, you already know what I’m talking about. Adobe Creative Cloud has the potential to standardize the entire ecosystem to the same version of software tools. You can continue to push the boundaries and operate on the cutting edge, safe in the knowledge that your designs can be opened by others. No one will ever complain about not being able to open the files, or god forbid open the file in a version higher than yours and effectively lock you out.

As the Creative Cloud concept picks up, I suspect that the entire tools and plugins ecosystem will also adopt this model. Your favorite plugin vendor will probably move to the subscription model and you’ll have access to the latest and greatest plugins. As software vendors won’t really have to spend all that time and effort maintaining old code, you’ll probably get more features and a bigger bang for your buck.

Training will also evolve, and your training partners will offer updated courses as new features are released.

It’ll probably happen. It’s just a matter of time.

So, what do you think?

I’ve tried to elaborate on what I think the value proposition is—value to designers, and the industry as a whole. I’m sure there is more to think about, but this is enough for now.

  • For questions you haven’t even thought of yet, see Creative Cloud FAQs. You’ll probably find an answer there.
  • Looking for some more information, join the conversation at the Creative Cloud Forum.
  • To receive a notification, when Creative Cloud is available, Sign-up.
  • You could Pre-order now.
  • Share your opinion. Leave a comment below.



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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