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InDesign CC 2014 | What’s new and changed

June 2014

June 2014

Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard publishing application for print publications, interactive PDF documents, digital magazines, and EPUBs. A new version of InDesign CC (2014) is available now. It comes with several enhancements and critical bug fixes.

 

 

 

To install InDesign CC 2014

  1. Go to www.adobe.com, and Sign in with your Adobe ID – click Sign In in the top global navigation bar.
  2. In the left navigation panel, click Desktop under Apps.
  3. In the Desktop Apps page, navigate to InDesign and then click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the download and installation.

What’s new and changed in InDesign CC 2014

Seamless update

InDesign now supports automatic as well as manual migration of local settings from previous release to current release.

EPUB enhancements

Enhanced support for Fixed Layout and Reflowable EPUB Export:

  • Fixed Layout:  InDesign now supports this format that is interesting and interactive. This format is used widely for children’s eBooks and for complex non-fiction like cookbooks and textbooks.
  • Customizable object width and height in CSS: You can now customize the height and width of an object in a CSS file in the Object Export Options dialog box.
  • Improved CSS support for table and cell styles: Table and cell styles now get mapped appropriately to the CSS.
  • Enhanced metadata controls: You can update the file info or metadata of your InDesign file and the same EPUB data gets populated in both Reflowable/Fixed Layout tabs.
  • New EPUB type markup: Additional accessibility support in EPUB through epub:type attribute.

To see the list of all EPUB enhancements in InDesign CC 2014, refer to InDesign_EPUB_Changes_CC_9.2_to_10.0 pdf.

Drag and drop table columns and rows

You can now simply drag-and-drop table rows and columns from one position to another within the same table.

Color groups

You can now create and manage color groups in InDesign. Simply create Color Groups from the Swatches panel through the new Color Group icon or from the flyout and context menu.

Find previous

The Find/Change dialog in InDesign now has two search direction buttons – Forward and Backward. As search forward is enabled by default, you can switch to Backward to reverse the flow of the search. .

Footnote enhancements

You can now apply text wrap to an anchored or floating object that is part of a footnote. This enhancement works on both rectangular and non-rectangular text frames.

Scale effects

Effects such as drop shadows properly scale as you change the scale of an object or text. With the new Scalable Effects feature, an option to scale the transparency effects while scaling an object has been added in the Control panel and Transform panel flyout menus.

Behance integration

InDesign now makes it possible to share your creation on Behance by click of a button. The sharing happens in form of spreads exported as images.

Enhanced package with IDML and PDF

You can now include a PDF and IDML file in any package created from InDesign for individual documents.

QR Code support within data merge

You can now place a data source containing a QR code in a merged document. The QR code workflow is integrated with the merged document.

HiDPI support for Windows

InDesign now supports HiDPI for Microsoft Windows across a wide variety of DPI display settings.

What’s new dialog

Now an in application what’s new dialog greets you with content that provides information about the new features in this release. You can click a link to learn more about the feature.

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- Prabhat Singh

 

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Get started with InDesign CC | Top 10 things for beginners

indesign-100x100In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White shows you how to get started with Adobe InDesign CC and the 10 things beginners want to know how to do.

In a little less than 44 minutes (a bit long, but worth every second), Terry White will take you through:

Creating a new document, placing graphics, fitting graphics in frames, adding text, formatting text, working with swatches, creating and applying styles, adding page numbers, wrapping text, and exporting to PDF.  In addition, there are lots of tips and tricks thrown in.

If you’re new to InDesign and just getting started, these are probably the best 44 minutes you can invest in.

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InDesign CC 9.2 | What’s new and changed

Adobe InDesign CC

Jan 2014

Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard publishing application for print publications, interactive PDF documents, digital magazines, and EPUBs. A new version of InDesign CC (9.2) is available now. It comes with several enhancements, bug fixes, and a brand new feature.

 

 

 

 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 9.2

Typekit Desktop Font Integration

Typekit desktop fonts are now fully integrated with InDesign. With this seamless integration, Creative Cloud customers can now easily:

  • Find missing Typekit fonts in your documents and sync those fonts from Typekit.
  • Browse and add new fonts from the Typekit Website.
  • Find your synced Typekit fonts quicker in the Font menu with the new Typekit font filter.

Hyperlinks Simplification

The major pain points around creating, editing, and managing hyperlinks have been addressed in this release of InDesign:

  • Creating a hyperlink in InDesign is now incredibly simple. You can create a hyperlink with just a right-click gesture.
  • Hyperlinks now have a separate Hyperlink character style – blue and underlined.
  • Edit hyperlinks from right-click menu.
  • Quickly identify errors in your hyperlinks with traffic light indicators.
  • Quickly navigate to the hyperlinks within your document from the hyperlinks panel.

 EPUB enhancements

  • You can now create footnotes that popup over the page you’re reading.
  • InDesign now provides more accurate representation of exported text color, tables, and nested styles in the exported doc and the CSS.
  • The CSS handling of native InDesign objects, images and groups has also been improved.
  • New support for additional list types and text align last within CSS properties.
  • Create books for the Japanese market with improved support for Ruby, J Vertical Composition which includes TCY and Auto TCY.
  • Create books for the Arabic market with more complete handling of right to left direction languages.

Critical bug fixes

  • Marked improvement in cross-references performance.
  • Text selection or highlight behavior is restored (similar to CS6).
  • Active preflight profile appears in the document status bar.
  • The Color Theme setting now does not automatically get reset to Medium Dark on updating InDesign.

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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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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.

- Prabhat Singh, Senior content & community lead

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