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InDesign CS6 | HunSpell dictionaries

Back in  CS5.5, InDesign added support for open-source Hunspell dictionaries to verify spelling and hyphenation.

In InDesign CS6, HunSpell is the default dictionary provider. Several dictionaries are shipped with the software, but you can also download additional spelling and hyphenation dictionaries from the OpenOffice website.

Using Hunspell to verify spelling and to hyphenate words, you are no longer limited by the number of languages shipped within the product. Dictionaries for over 90 languages are available for integration at the Open Office website. Several other sites also provide Hunspell dictionaries. You can download language dictionaries of your choice and add them to InDesign CS6.

InDesign CS6 Dictionary Preferences (Edit > Preferences > Dictionary)

InDesign CS6 Dictionary Preferences (Edit > Preferences > Dictionary)

To view the instructions, from within the product, click HunSpell Info in the dictionary preferences dialog box.

The instructions are also available at http://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/add_cs_dictionaries.html

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InDesign CS6 | Online Help

I thought that I’ll compile a list of all the links at one place, and also try and explain the role each page plays. If you’ve installed the CS6, then you probably know this already; not sure how helpful this will be, but here it is.

  • Launching help from InDesign open the help content in your default web browser
  • The Adobe Help Manager lets you download offline help and notifies you when updated content is available.

See What’s new with Adobe Community Help for more detailed information.


Online Help

Help Hub page

The Help Hub page is a central page that contains information about getting started with the product and where to access the help from. Most of the links in this post can be accessed through the Help Hub page. It provides a single launch point from where you can access various resources.

Topics 

The Topics page is displayed when you press F1 or choose Help > Online Help.  This  page replaces the Table-of-contents page, and does away with the “Tree” navigation and multiple clicking that was necessary in the earlier versions. (If you have stubby fingers like mine, this works quite nicely on tablets and phones too)

 

 

  • All help articles are at the same level, and clubbed under Topics
  • Small chunks of content have been consolidated into larger articles so that you get the entire context in a single page.
  • Articles that fall under multiple topics, appear multiple times so that you can find content from your natural workflow
  • Not all links are displayed under each topic. To view a complete list of the articles under each topic, click the More link next to the topic heading.
  • Clicking on the InDesign Help title/link (top-left of the page) will take you one level up to the Help Hub page.

Whats new in CS6

The What’s New in InDesign CS6 page lists the new features in InDesign CS6 in one place. Provides basic information about the features and helps you find the new features in the product. We have tried to add enough information so that you don’t have to look elsewhere to get started. However, hyperlinks take you to more detailed information for complex features.

  • Clicking on the InDesign Help title/link (top-left of the page) will take you one level up to the Topics page.

Getting Started

The Getting Started page lists resources that you can use to quickly learn the product. Whether you’re completely new to InDesign or just moved to CS6, you’ll find links to videos, blog posts, help articles that will help you get started. This page is frequently updated with new information as and when it becomes available.


PDFs

The CS6 PDFs are not available yet. As soon as they are available, I’ll update this post to add the links.

The Offline PDFs are now available for download. http://helpx.adobe.com/en/pdf/indesign_reference.pdf

You can also download these using the Adobe Help Manager.

See the following post by my colleague Mallika for details: 5 FAQs about offline help in CS6.

Previous versions

If you need PDFs for the previous versions, such as CS5.5/5, you can access the PDFs for the previous versions from the Archives page.

InDesign Archive

InCopy Archive

 

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InDesign CS6 | Export to PNG

You could always save your layouts as JPEG, but sometimes the results were less then pristine because JPEG, by design, is a lossy format. In today’s web and device dominated world, if anything you need a lossless format such as PNG. And in InDesign CS6, you can do just that. Read on to figure out how to save from InDesign as PNG. This is the Save as PNG capability that you’ve been waiting for.

 

Export as PNG

  • To export as PNG, choose File > Export (Ctrl/Command + E)  and then select PNG from the Save as Type drop down list.

Export options

PNG Export options dialog box

PNG Export options dialog box

You can export a selection, a range, or All pages/spreads in your document. Additional options lets you specify, quality, resolution (ppi), color space etc.

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Have you taken the PNG export for a spin yet?  Have you tried InDesign CS6 ? Download a trial. Incase you need it, see the instructions to install a trial.

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InDesign CS6 | Grayscale preview and export

Among the various new features in InDesign CS6, Grayscale Preview and Export should come in really handy to all print designers. For any print jobs that also need a grayscale output, you no longer need to maintain a separate file. You also don’t need to send the full color PDF to the printer and cross your fingers that they’ll do a proper conversion. This feature gives you proper control on your design, and reduces extra work for maintaining different layouts.

 

Grayscale Preview

Several Dot Gain profiles are available with InDesign CS6 that you can use to preview your layouts. Using this feature you can avoid maintaining different layouts for full-color and grayscale outputs.

  1. Use Proof Setup (View > Proof Setup) to specify grayscale proof options, and choose a Dot Gain or Gamma destination.
  2. After you’ve setup the proof, choose View > Proof Colors to toggle between grayscale and color output.

Export Grayscale PDF

When you export a grayscale PDF all page items, irrespective of their original color space, are converted to grayscale while exporting to PDF.

  1. Export document to PDF (Print)
  2. Click the Output tab in the PDF export options dialog box.
  3. From the Color Conversion list, choose Convert To Destination.
  4. Under Destination, choose a Dot Gain or Gray Gamma destination.
PDF Export Options dialog box

PDF Export Options dialog box

Have you tried out this feature yet?  Let us know what you think. Do you think that you can use it for other workflows as well?

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InDesign CS6 | Indic support and preferences

With InDesign CS6, you have the ability to create documents using indic text. Adobe World-Ready Composer (WRC) provides correct word shaping for many of the non-Western scripts, such as Devanagari. Adobe World-Ready composers in the International English version of InDesign, support several indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam, and Kannada.

 

Hunspell spelling and hyphenation dictionaries are included in InDesign CS6, and so is the Adobe Devanagari font family.

Adobe World-Ready Composer

Enable the Adobe World-Ready Composer through a paragraph style (Paragraph Style >Justification > Composer) or using the Paragraph panel menu.

Indic preferences

InDesign CS6 also provides a script that you can use to set Indic preferences. This script does the following:

  • Sets Adobe World-Ready composer as the default composer.
  • Specifies using Adobe World-Ready Composer for [No Paragraph Style]. This enables you to import content into InDesign.
  • Sets the font locking preferences. This means typing in Indic script in a font that doesn’t support Indic will switch to one that does.
  • If you try to change text that has Indic to a font that doesn’t support those glyphs will bring up a warning.
  • In addition, it also changes the default page size, and snap zone

Set Indic preferences

Set Indic preferences to work on indic scripts, and correctly import content into InDesign.

  1. Choose Window > Utilities > Scripts
  2. Double-click indicPreferences.js
  3. Open a new document or restart InDesign

To dump indic preferences, simply revert to the default preferences.

  • On Windows, press Shift +Ctrl+Alt and then start InDesign CS6
  • On Mac OS, press Shift+Command+Alt and then start InDesign CS6

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

 

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