How to install Adobe Output Module in Bridge CC

Adobe_Bridge_CC_mnemonic_RGB_128px_no_shadowWhen we shipped Adobe Bridge CC, it did not include the Adobe Output Module (AOM), which allowed you to create PDF Presentations and Web Galleries.  The team has worked some magic and the Adobe Output Module is now available for Bridge CC. Use the instructions in the following document to install it:  How to install Adobe Output Module in Bridge CC.

In addition, make sure you have the most recent version of Bridge CC installed. To check for updates, in Bridge, choose Help > Updates, and then follow the instructions to install any updates.

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InDesign CC | Generate QR Codes

Download TrialYou can now generate and edit high quality independent QR code graphics from within InDesign. The generated QR code is a high-fidelity graphic object that behaves exactly like native vector art in InDesign. You can easily scale the object and fill it with colors. You can also apply effects, transparency, and printing attributes, such as overprinting, spot inks, and trappings to the object. You can copy-paste the code graphic as a vector graphic object into a standard graphics editor tool such as Adobe Illustrator.

To generate QR code in InDesign

  1. From the menu, choose Object > Generate QR Code. The Generate QR Code dialog box is displayed.
  2. In the Content tab, select any one of the following data types in the Type drop-down list: Web Hyperlink, Plain Text, Text Message, Email, or Business Card.
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  3. The Color tab shows Swatch List. If you want to apply a specific color to the QR code, switch to the Color tab and select a specific color. By default, the generated QR code is Black with transparent background.
  4. Click OK. If you have selected a Frame before generating the QR code, the code is placed directly in the selected Frame replacing its content. Otherwise, the QR code is loaded on the Place Gun and you can place it just like a traditional EPS object.

Once placed inside a document, the QR code is treated as a traditional EPS object, except that a tooltip appears on hovering over the object, revealing the content details in the form of the embedded code.

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Modifying the QR code’s frame attribute

The default background of a QR code frame is transparent. However, you can change the Frame’s Fill and Stroke attributes such as Color, Line Style, and Thickness using the traditional controls.

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Transforming the QR code object

You can move, resize, or rotate the placed QR code object with the Selection tool. When you drag the frame’s box, only the frame resizes. However, while dragging:

  • If you press the Shift key, the aspect ratio of the frame is preserved.
  • If you press the Ctrl (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) key, both the frame and the content scales with preserved aspect ratio.
  • If you press the Shift + Alt (on Windows) or Option (on Mac) keys, the frame scales from its center with unpreserved aspect ratio. You can press the Shift key to preserve the aspect ratio.

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- Prabhat Singh, Senior content & community lead

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InDesign CC | New Adobe Exchange panel

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The new Adobe Exchange panel is now an in-app experience for you to explore, discover, and install content, plug-ins, and scripts that you can purchase or download for free. If you produce scripts, templates, plug-ins, or anything that can enhance the functionality of Adobe’s Creative applications, you can quickly package, submit and make them available to a larger community.

Adobe Exchange even lets you privately share products. For example, you can package up a series of images, InDesign templates, and other files. Anyone with who you have privately shared the products can install the content and see any updates you make. The experience is very much like an app store.

To open the Exchange panel, go to Windows > Extensions > Adobe Exchange.

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You can become a producer for free. Get started here: https://www.adobeexchange.com/producer

For the latest updates on Adobe Exchange, like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AdobeExchange or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdobeExchange

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Creative Cloud | Learn the apps

totem-creative-cloud-80x80Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to several several tools. It includes all the creative tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and many other tools and services that you’ll need to make a mark in the  competitive and meritocratic industry creative design is shaping up to be.

Whether you’re already a seasoned pro or a beginner, you may need some resources to get you started on the journey to create the most compelling designs and artifacts. Now, we’ve tried to make it a little easier for you to get started.

How to get started with Creative Cloud

Want to start using your Adobe Creative Cloud apps, but don’t know where to begin? That’s where we come in. We’ve provided a few basic, entry level tutorials that help you use the apps in a real-world fashion, to a create real world deliverable.

See the following tutorials to quickly get started with  the apps and get creating.

 

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How to edit a photo in Photoshop
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How to design a logo with Illustrator
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How to make a brochure with InDesign
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How to add effects, motion graphics in After Effects
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How to create a video story with Premiere Pro
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How to make and style a web page in Dreamweaver
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How to build a web banner in Edge Animate
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How to create a website with Adobe Muse

Get going

Not a Creative Cloud member yet? Sign up for a free account and try any of the new CC desktop apps for 30 days, as well as a selection of services. For any other information, see Creative Cloud Help

 

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InDesign CC | EPUB enhancements

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Adobe has made several enhancements to EPUB export workflows in InDesign CC. You have now greater control over TOC, Index, CSS export, and CSS editing. All these changes make it easier for you to produce high-quality EPUB files from InDesign.

Support for table of contents (TOC) stories

TOC Story has been redone so that any existing, possibly edited TOC story is now exported like any other story. If portions of these TOC stories are copied and pasted elsewhere, the hyperlinks back to the PDF page and the source paragraphs (in case of an EPUB Export) remain live.

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Support for Index stories

Index stories are now supported in the exported EPUB file. Live hyperlinks to indexed terms are displayed in the exported file. The terms retain their references to content at paragraph level. 

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Export without CSS

While exporting an InDesign document or book to EPUB/HTML, if you decide not to generate the CSS, only the classes associated with the styles are marked in the HTML tags; no overriding classes are created. The exported file is now much cleaner and ready for an external CSS.

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EMIT CSS control

The emit CSS control has been added under the Export Tagging of the Paragraph, Character, and Object Style edit dialogs. If you want to include this style in the CSS, select the Emit CSS check box. If you don’t select the check box, no CSS class will be generated for this style. If you have two or more styles having the same class assigned, InDesign displays an error or warning message while exporting.

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Object style to export tag mapping

Object Style Options now has the Export Tagging feature. In terms of mapping styles to classes and tags, the object styles now work more like paragraph and character styles.

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Object export options for object styles

Object Style Options now includes the Export Options for Alt Text, Tagged PDF, and EPUB & HTML. You can specify rasterization settings and custom layout options. Objects with the applied style are handled based on the export options.

Access to iBooks reader device fonts

iBooks Reader supports a wide number of device fonts (http://iosfonts.com/), and these fonts are not enabled by default when referenced via @font-face unless the special XML option file META-INF/com.apple.ibooks.display-options.xml is added to the package.

Now the option file is added to both the EPUB2.0 and EPUB3.0 packages.

Font embedding on iBooks reader now supported

EPUBCheck has been changed to accept the embedded font format as being acceptable for iBooks Reader.

Clean markup for Ordered and Numbered Lists

The generated markup for “Map to Unordered List” and “Map to Ordered List” options under the EBook Export > General > Text Options are now free from any extra classes. InDesign no longer inserts any characters or creates any spans, and lets the browser or device be responsible for composing the lists.

Improved heuristic for determining bullet and numbering structure

The heuristic for determining bullet and numbering structure has been improved significantly to detect the semantic structure of the bullets and numbers, and properly expressing it in the HTML.

For bullets:

  • InDesign treats two paragraphs which share ALL the same bullet related attributes, including left indent, as being part of the same list.
  • A paragraph which is not a bullet but follows a bullet paragraph and has the same left indent, is now considered a “nested” paragraph and becomes part of the list.

For numbers:

  • As designers can set the attribute for the “List” that it is part of, this setting has the highest priority relative to left indent or different number related attributes.
  • Although InDesign supports setting the value attribute on the tag, it is not possible to express a numbered list, which crosses Table and Story boundaries, in HTML.

For correct numbering, export to EPUB 3.0.

In addition to the changes listed above, Adobe has made a number of fixes and enhancements that make EPUB export much better. For a list of all EPUB changes from CS6 to CC, see InDesign_EPUB_Changes_from-CS6-to-CC.pdf.

Additional resources on EPUB enhancements in InDesign CC:

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