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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Illustrator CC | What’s new

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics, illustration, and art software. A brand new version of Illustrator CC is available now. It’s faster, better, part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and loaded to the brim with new awesome features!

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To install Illustrator 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 Illustrator icon.
  4. On the Illustrator product page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What’s new in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC comes with several enhancements and new features.

  • Create and use image-based brushes
  • Special Touch-enabled tools: Touch Type tool, OS gestures etc
  • Automatic corner generation for paths
  • Place multiple files at a time
  • Sync Colors via Creative Cloud and Kuler
  • Support for Indic fonts
  • Package file for production
  • …and some more…

For more information, see What’s new in Illustrator CC.

Additional resources

Illustrator Help page

Getting started with Illustrator

Learn Illustrator CC (Adobe TV videos)

 

 

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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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What’s new in Creative Cloud

totem-creative-cloud-80x80The latest refresh to Creative Cloud is now available! You can read the announcement  on the Creative Cloud blog.

With this release, Creative Cloud becomes even better. Several app and services have significant updates, loads for features to make your creative endeavors faster and more efficient.

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There are significant updates to the Creative Cloud.

  • A gazillion new features in your favorite apps, such as Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and many many more
  • A new intuitive Creative Cloud app for your desktop
    • To  install apps and manage updates without leaving your desktop
    • Connect and keep up with your creative network on Behance
  • Share your work on Behance from within apps, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom
  • A redesigned, more intuitive, Download Center on http://creative.adobe.com
  • Sync Colors with Kuler app
  • Sync settings and app preferences across multiple computers via the Creative Cloud

To read all about these and other information, see What’s new in Creative Cloud.

What Next

If you’re already a Creative Cloud customer, get started and download the latest apps and start creating! We’ve made it a little simpler for you. Your existing Adobe Application Manager will auto-update to the new Creative Cloud app for your desktop. Once the update is complete, you can download and update your apps.

If you’re impatient enough to not wait for the auto-update and want the new app at once, head over to the Download Center, and install the Creative Cloud app.

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In case you need help, see Creative Cloud Help.

Not a Creative Cloud member yet?

And wonder what all the fuss is about. Don’t worry, head over to https://creative.adobe.com/plans/ and join as a free member. You can download and use the apps for a free trial period of 30 days.

 

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