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InDesign CC 2014: Better e-book tools, easier workflows

Jay J. Nelson | Aug. 1, 2014
InDesign CC boasts improved ePub features, better font menus, and performance enhancements, but offers few truly new features.

InDesign CC 2014 searches your hard drive for the latest previous version of itself (CC or CS6) and offers to migrate its preferences and settings to the new version. If it doesn't find a previous version, InDesign will look to the Creative Cloud for settings you've synced from another copy of InDesign--a handy feature for Mac/Windows integration or when you buy a new computer.

Previous improvements

In January 2014, Adobe added several new features to InDesign CC, when they bumped the version number to 9.2 (The version number of InDesign CC 2014 is now 10.0). These features also carry over into InDesign CC 2014.

Typekit fonts can be browsed and added from within InDesign CC, a filter in the Font menu lets you see only Typekit fonts, and missing Typekit fonts in a document can be found and synced (downloaded).

Hyperlinks can now be created or edited with a simple right-click on the text, and their appearance can be customized by editing the new Hyperlink character style--but only one Hyperlink style per document. The Hyperlinks panel lets you navigate to hyperlinks, and it warns of errors in hyperlinks by displaying traffic light indicators.

ePub creators can now show footnotes that pop up over the page, and Adobe improved the quality of ePub export as well--including Japanese and Arabic language improvements.

Bottom line

If you or your clients have a new or old book to publish in ePub format, now's the time--the Fixed Layout ePub format allows any InDesign document to be exported as a digital book, without requiring any adjustment to its layout. This opens the digital book market to a giant new group of authors, and improvements to often-used features in InDesign will ease the workflow of a large number of design professionals.


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