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Adobe Creative Suite and Windows 8

Adobe Creative Suite  CS6, and CS5.5 applications are expected to work on Windows 8.

As per the Creative Suite FAQs:

At this time, none of the CS5.5 or CS6 applications require updates to be compatible with Windows 8.

In our testing, we have found no significant issues with running CS5.5, CS6 or Acrobat products with Windows 8.

For more information, see Microsoft Windows 8 compatibility section the Creative Suite FAQs.

For a list of products and OS compatibility, see Adobe product operating system compatibility.

 More Help

The product forums are good place to Read about, Start , or Contribute to discussions about any issues that you might be facing.

If you encounter any issues, please report them to us using the bug reporting form.

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Learn InDesign CS5.5 new features with Video2Brain

A new course on InDesign CS5.5 presented by Chad Chelius was published recently by

InDesign CS5.5 New Features Workshop

CS5.5, only the second “dot” release in InDesign’s history, includes a variety of large and small additions and enhancements. For example, you can now drag and drop anchored objects and create linked text that’s updated when a change is made to the original text. There are also many new, powerful options related to exporting, including the ability to map styles to export tags and control how content is displayed when you export to EPUB, XHTML, and accessible PDF. In this workshop, Adobe Certified Instructor and InDesign expert Chad Chelius walks you through all these and more, so you can quickly incorporate the new features of InDesign CS5.5 into your workflow.


The nice folks at Video2Brain have posted some clips for all to see. Check the details below and head over to watch the videos.

PDF Enhancements

Print and prepress professionals will appreciate the fact that InDesign CS5.5 incorporates the latest PDF/X-4 standard. Watch this video to see how to take advantage of this latest standard when generating PDF files.


InDesign CS5.5 makes it easier than ever to add alternate text to images and graphics. In this video you’ll learn just how easy it is.

Drag and drop anchored objects

InDesign CS5.5 simplifies how in-line and anchored objects are created. This video shows you how to create in-line and anchored objects using the new drag-and-drop method!



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Drag-and-drop to create anchored objects in InDesign CS5.5

The words “easy” and “anchored objects” are rarely found in the same sentence. InDesign CS5.5 makes it possible. Anchored objects are common in EPUB/HTML workflows, and easy drag and drop of anchored frames has the potential to make life a lot simpler.

In InDesign CS5.5,  every selected frame (both text and graphic) shows a blue square near the top right corner.

Handle to drag objects to anchor them

Handle to drag objects to anchor them



  • Click the blue-square and drag it to the position in the story where you want the anchor it. The UI shows a bold “I” beam as you move the mouse through the text. Release to create the anchor.
Drop object at anchoring point

Drop object at anchoring point


  • Use the Shift key as a modifier to change the behavior to create an inline object. This action duplicates the cut and paste gesture you used in previous releases.
  • Use the Alt key as a modifier to open the Anchored Object Options dialog box.

InDesign CS5.5 also makes it easier for you to identify anchored objects. Anchored objects display an “Anchor” icon instead of the “blue square”.

Anchored object displays an "Anchor" icon

Anchored object displays an "Anchor" icon

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Reading order for accessible PDFs using InDesign CS5.5

InDesign CS5.5 has several features that make it easier for you to create accessible content. I’ve already posted about some under the hood enhancements. But there are more.

So, is there a way to easily specify the reading order in InDesign CS5.5? Articles might be the answer you’re looking for. See an earlier post about Articles.

Test Drive

In 1961, the IBM 704 became the first computer to sing, singing the song Daisy Bell. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews. This performance was the inspiration for the famous scene in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the HAL 9000 computer sings the song as it is deactivated. If you’re interested in more trivia, see Wikipedia article.

So, I thought it’s only fair that I use “Daisy Bell and her bicycle-built-for-two”  to demonstrate the Reading Order. I created a one page PDF document, set up articles, and exported as a tagged PDF. This PDF was created using InDesign CS5.5 and has not been post-processed or retouched.

Right-click and Save As to download the PDF

Right-click and Save As to download the PDF

  1. Download the PDF file and open it in Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  2. Choose View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud.
  3. Choose View > Read Out Loud > Read this Page.
  4. Compare the reading order with the Article structure in the figure below.

    Articles panel and options

    Articles panel and options

Try reading the PDF with Acrobat,  the free Adobe Reader, or other screen reader software that you use. See Acrobat help for more information on Read out Loud.

Let me know how it works.

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Articles in InDesign CS5.5

Yesterday, I posted about a host of features in InDesign CS5.5 that streamline your EPUB workflows. Today let me try and add some details.


All the buzz about Articles in InDesign CS5.5 probably makes you believe that this feature will only come in handy if you are creating EPUBS. Articles can be used for more than that!

Articles provide designers and production artists an easy way to create relationships among page items. These relationships can be used to define:

  • Content to be included for export to EPUB, HTML, or Accessible PDFs
  • Define the order of the content

You can create articles from a combination of existing page items within a layout, including images, graphics, or text. Once an article has been created, page items can be added, removed, or re-ordered. While you can create articles manually by dragging one or more page items to an article in the article panel, you also have mechanisms for adding bulk content to an article including adding all selected content to an article, or adding an entire document to an article.

The XML structure panel within InDesign provides another mechanism to decide the order of the content to be exported to the EPUB, HTML and Accessible PDF exports workflows. The article panel is designed to be simpler, easier to use, and more accessible option, for users not inclined to use XML. However, the ability to use the XML structure panel has NOT been removed, but is now an option alongside the use of the Article Panel during the export process.

Articles panel

Articles panel in InDesign CS5.5

Articles panel in InDesign CS5.5

Articles panel popup menu

Articles panel popup menu

Article panel with a few articles

Article panel with a few articles


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