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How to install Adobe Bridge CC

Adobe_Bridge_CC_mnemonic_RGB_128px_no_shadowAdobe Bridge provides you with centralized access to all the media assets you need for your creative projects. Batch edit with ease, add watermarks, and even set centralized color preferences—Bridge simplifies your workflow and keeps you organized. The newest version of Adobe Bridge CC is available now.

This version: Adobe Bridge CC has native 64-bit architecture to harness all the power of your computer. There is a slight change in the installation process though. It does not get installed by default when you install other apps such as Photoshop or Illustrator. You need to download and install it. After that you’re on familiar ground again.

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To install Bridge CC:

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

 

Other resources

Bridge Help and Support page

Bridge Help page

What’s new in Bridge CC

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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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Adobe Kuler: new and improved, and for the iPhone

What is Adobe Kuler?

Kuler is a cloud-based application for creating color themes or color palettes using an iPhone or your browser. You can search, explore, and browse thousands of color themes in the Kuler community, and be inspired to create more color themes.

I never got around to talk in detail about Kuler. And when I did, I found that my colleague Mallika has already written an excellent piece. I might as well send you over to that excellent piece.  Without much ado:

Adobe Kuler – capturing color inspiration!

I love colors and love to paint, so it’s no surprise that Adobe Kuler is my go-to app for color inspiration. Last week, Adobe announced the availability of the free Kuler iPhone app, and the new, revamped Kuler website. I’ve been playing around with the new website and the iPhone app, and I’m absolutely loving it!

Let’s do a quick tour of Adobe Kuler, its top features, and why I think every artist will enjoy Kuler.

Read on at Adobe Kuler – capturing color inspiration!

Learn more at www.adobe.com/products/kuler.html

 

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Adobe InDesign CC | Font menu enhancements

There are several Font menu enhancements that are coming your way in InDesign CC. Terry White shows you exactly what to expect, when you get InDesign CC.

 

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Add headers and footers | InDesign

InDesign is a powerful, layout design program, that you can use to create professional publications. InDesign does not demarcate any fixed space for headers and footers, but lets you decide where to place content. Based on your layout design requirements, you can place content anywhere on the page. This flexibility is good, but can leave beginners a little confused.

In this blog post, we’ll take a quick look at how to add content that we want on pages across the document: such as headers, footers, and page numbers. It is fairly easy, but  some theory first.

Master pages

The secret ingredient, (if it ever was a secret), is placing content on master pages.

You may consider a master page to be a background that you can quickly apply to many pages. Any objects placed on a master appear on all pages to which that master is applied. In Design, objects on master pages that appear on document pages are surrounded by a dotted border. All changes you make to a master are automatically applied to associated pages. Masters commonly contain repeating logos, page numbers, headers, and footers. They can also contain empty text or graphic frames that serve as placeholders on document pages. You can’t normally select a master item on a document page.

For more information, see Master Pages in InDesign.

Special characters and text variables

The other ingredient is variables. InDesign provides a large array of  variables that you can use. Variables are placeholders whose value depends on the context. InDesign also provides some commonly used variables, called Markers, so that you don’t have to take the trouble to define them. For example, the Current Page Number marker displays the current page number. As you navigate to other pages, the marker is updated accordingly.

For more information, see Text Variables.

Adding Headers and Footers

You must have figured out the rest. Add a variable on the master page and you’ve created running headers and footers. To add headers and footers, we need to place content on the master pages. InDesign does not care where you place this content on the master page. The software lets you decide and gives you complete freedom on placement of content. Headers and footers

For the sake of this example, let’s place page numbers in the footer, and a title on the header.

  1. In InDesign, create a new document (File > New > Document ) or open an existing document.
  2. Open the Pages panel (Window > Pages). The Pages panel displays a list of existing pages, as well as master pages in a document. See Pages and Spreads.

    Pages panel in InDesign

    Pages panel in InDesign

  3. Double-click a master page to open it. The selected master page is highlighted as shown above.
  4. Select the Text tool and draw a text frame(s) on the page, and let the blinking text cursor be inside the frame.
  5. To add content:
    • Choose Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number.
    • Choose Type > Text Variables > Insert Variable > File Name

      Page number marker on master page (left), and page number on document page

      Tip: You can use a combination of Markers and Variables to get effects like Page x of y.

  6. Move the text frames on the page, and format text, or apply styles change the visual appearance of the text.
  7. In the Pages panel, double-click a document page. The items you placed and styled, will appear on all the document pages, to which the master page is applied. (In the above image, the letter A displaying on the top-right of page 1 thumbnail, shows that master page A is applied to document page 1.

 More Reading

That covers the basics of adding headers and footers. See Add basic page numbering, to see an overview adding page numbers. Links from the help article also point you to other advanced topics.

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