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InDesign CS6 New features roundup

InDesign is a versatile page layout software that provides pixel-perfect control over layout and design. In addition to the print, InDesign coupled with Digital Publishing Suite provides one of the easiest and most efficient methods of publishing on tablets.  This new release: InDesign CS6 carries new features and tools that will change the way you work. You can leverage and adapt content for different page sizes, devices and screens.

There are so many new features, that it’s easy to get confused. created a pretty comprehensive list for all of us.

While most of the features can be used to create multiple types of outputs, some are quite specific. I’ve made an attempt to list down (most?) of the InDesign new features, and categorized them as per the workflow they’re most likely to be used in.#1



Content Collector tools

Alternate layouts

Liquid layouts

Linked content

PDF Forms


Any media



EPUB/HTML export

Custom Style mapping

Grayscale preview

Place HTML

for DPS & EPUB3

Preserve local edits while updating links

Grayscale PDF Export

Place Adobe Edge designs

for DPS & EPUB3

Recently used fonts list


accessibility enhancments

Persistent text frame fitting


Publishing workspace

Pages panel enhancements

Enhanced packaging support

Primary text frame

Split window

Flexible column width

Align to Object

Hunspell enhancements


Any media

Export interactive PDF as pages

IDML option in File > Save


document intent

100% is 100% for cm and inches

Buttons and

Forms library

Complex calculations in dialog boxes

Keeps with spans and splits

Multilingual placeholder text

Export to PNG

Enhanced Zoom to Link

Extension Manager enhancements

Support for Arabic and Hebrew scripts

Support for Indic scripts

I wonder if I missed any? Over the next few weeks, I’ll add links to the table above to lead you to the detailed information about these features.

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

#1Your mileage may vary, but we’ll probably be heading in the same general direction.

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InDesign CS6 and PDF Forms

Buttons and Forms Panel (Window > Interactive > Buttons and Forms)

Buttons and Forms Panel (Window > Interactive > Buttons and Forms)

Sample Buttons and forms

Sample Buttons and forms

The PDF Forms Song

At last year’s Pepcon
Tony Harmer did say:
Adobe, add PDF forms
to my InDesign tray.

Lo and behold!
Rejoice now hey!
Upgrade to CS6
PDF Forms at play.

Lay out your form,
add form fields and mix
from the Button and Forms library
in InDesign Cee Ess Six.

Customize the form,
as much you will,
font sizes for input fields
or a custom stroke or fill.

If default appearances please you not,
and you think they’re rather plain,
using different appearances ought
to jazz up your game.

Predefined actions for Buttons,
How well does this bode?
Clear Form, Submit, Reset:
All without writing code.

User friendly forms,
Are pretty hard to make,
Add Tool tips and Tab orders
Or the workflow just might break

Export to PDF,
And create a tagged one,
Test in Acrobat, distribute to users,
And you’re all done!

Upgrade to Cee Ess Six,
Forms and more await,
Or get a Creative Cloud subscription,
And be always up-to-date.

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Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 is here

Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite CS6 are here. Welcome the excitement, let’s get started.

What is the Creative cloud?

Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is the digital hub that lets you download and install every Adobe Creative Suite® 6 application; access online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing; and benefit from new apps and features as soon as they’re released — giving you the freedom to create anything you can imagine.


Read all about it.

Adobe InDesign CS6

In its newest avatar,  Adobe® InDesign® CS6 software,gives you pixel-perfect control over design and typography. Create elegant and engaging pages for print, tablets, and other screens. Use Adaptive Design Tools to easily repurpose layouts to look great on a variety of pages sizes, orientations, or devices. InDesign comes with several new features, all aimed to make you more productive. InDesign CS6 will do the heavy lifting, so that you can spend more time doing what you do best: design!

Here are the Top 4, according to me:

Alternate Layouts

Design for multiple screen-sizes, orientations, and aspect ratios. And keep all your designes within a single InDesign file. So if you’re planning a publication for the iPad, you can design for both the horizontal and vertical layouts in the same file. Want to add support for the Galaxy Tab: add another alternate layout. InDesign will also do the heavy lifting for you and create the basic layouts based on the source layouts. All you need to do is tweak and you’re ready.

Linked content

Link content within or across InDesign documents so that changes (including interactivity) made to the parent text or object are applied to all linked children objects.Content Collector tools

Content Collector tools

Grab text and objects from an existing layout using the Content Collector. In a new layout, use the Content Placer to add items in the order you want them to appear. You can even create links to the original when you place content, so that it gets updated when you update the original. Copy-paste on steroids

PDF Forms

Create form fields directly within InDesign before you export to PDF. You can also assign the tab order in InDesign using the Articles panel.

Read the complete list  here and let me know what your top 4 features are.


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Content Collector Tools in InDesign CS6

Grab text and objects from an existing layout using the Content Collector.Use the Content Placer to add items in the order you want them to appear, on a different spread or another InDesign document. Terry White shows you how.

Copy-paste on steroids!

Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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