InDesign CC | What’s new and changed


Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard publishing application for print publications, interactive PDF documents, digital magazines, and EPUBs. A brand new version of InDesign CC is available now. It’s faster, sharper, and part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

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To install InDesign CC

  1. Go to http://creative.adobe.com and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click Download Center in the top navigation bar.
  3. Click Download icon next to the InDesign icon.
  4. On the InDesign product page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What’s new and changed in InDesign CC

InDesign CC comes with several enhancements and new features:

  • Modern UI: InDesign is now available with a dark theme by default. This theme enables a more pleasant visual experience, especially while working with rich colors and designs.
  • Faster performance: InDesign, InCopy, and InDesign Server are all now 64-bit applications. This speeds up processes, and makes it easier to work with several large files at a time.
  • HiDPI and Retina display: InDesign now includes native support for high-resolution displays. This feature is currently available for the Mac OS (for example, the MacBook Pro with Retina display).
  • Quick access to fonts: Search fonts by any part of the name, see fonts with families in a sub-menu, apply font selection by arrow keys to the selected text, and manage your favorite fonts.
  • EPUB enhancements: EPUB Export workflows have been simplified: several improvements in the existing features, additional control while authoring, and a few brand-new features. Now you have greater control over the table of contents and CSS export, and CSS editing is simpler.
  • QR Code generator: You can now generate and edit high quality independent QR code graphics from within InDesign. These are vector codes, and you can resize them without compromising quality and copy them into applications like Illustrator.
  • Adobe Exchange panel: The new Adobe Exchange panel is now an in-app experience for you to explore and discover content, plug-ins, and scripts that you can purchase or download for free.

For more information on what’s new in InDesign CC, see What’s new in InDesign CC.

Additional resources

InDesign Help page

Getting started with InDesign

Learn InDesign CC (Adobe TV videos)

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  1. #1 by Ellen on July 12, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    So disappointed that Adobe is using that user-unfriendly “dark theme” that spoiled Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC for Indesign CC.

    The tiny type on the dark background is so hard to read and use. I’m going to stick with InDesign CS6 as long as possible.

    • #2 by Roger on July 30, 2013 - 1:01 pm

      But you can change that to the original sweet light grey under preferences.

  2. #3 by Ed G on October 31, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    InDesign CC is NOT faster on the things I would like most: page layout redraw, PDF distilling, opening and closing. This was the major reason I updated but luckily kept CS6 so that I would be converting everything if it didn’t work out. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!

  3. #4 by Don on October 31, 2013 - 11:11 pm

    InDesign CC files created on a Mac running Mavericks will not open on another Mac running an older OS but also running InDesign CC. This is causing hate and discontent. Why can’t we all just get along?

  4. #5 by becky on November 26, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    InDesign CC is running very slowly on my new iMac. Everything I do, including simply clicking in a text box causes a delay. It’s extremely frustrating. Any tips out there?

    • #6 by Vikrant on November 26, 2013 - 6:30 pm

      I’m sorry, I don’t have much details. A few customers have reported this issue. There is a discussion over in the forums (http://forums.adobe.com/message/5794547) but you’ve probably seen it already. Two suggestions, from there:
      1) Try trashing your preferences 2) Disable 3rd-party extensions and retry. Some folks had issues with Extensis.
      The team is already looking at this issue. I’ll keep you posted as they find something.

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