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InDesign CC boosts ePub features, font menus

Jay J. Nelson | July 1, 2013
When Adobe transformed the way it releases software--from selling its Creative Suite software in a box to releasing Creative Cloud software as a service, it also started featuring regular upgrades to InDesign and the rest of Adobe's slate of professional creative applications. InDesign programmers have been rewriting InDesign's underlying code for several years to best leverage the most current operating systems and hardware. The result is a speedier InDesign CC with support for Apple's Retina and other similarly high-resolution displays, a new interface, a font-menu overhaul, a new QR Code generator, and significant ePub improvements.

When Adobe transformed the way it releases software--from selling its Creative Suite software in a box to releasing Creative Cloud software as a service, it also started featuring regular upgrades to InDesign and the rest of Adobe's slate of professional creative applications. InDesign programmers have been rewriting InDesign's underlying code for several years to best leverage the most current operating systems and hardware. The result is a speedier InDesign CC with support for Apple's Retina and other similarly high-resolution displays, a new interface, a font-menu overhaul, a new QR Code generator, and significant ePub improvements.

Speed and interface updates
The most profound changes to InDesign are under the hood. If you have one of Apple's new Retina displays, you'll notice a much sharper-looking interface. Also, because InDesign is now a 64-bit application, it can take advantage of more than 3GB of RAM, which boosts performance when you're working with very large or complex files. Launching the application takes about the same amount of time as with the previous version, but the familiar welcome screen is gone; instead, you're taken directly to the main InDesign interface.

InDesign's new, darker interface brings it into visual alignment with Photoshop and Illustrator, but you can control the color of the app in the preferences.

The New Document dialog box boasts several improvements: Icons near the top let you save or delete presets, the bleed and slug settings are more obvious, and a new preview button tells InDesign to display the new document in the document window before you click the OK button.

One general improvement is more effective navigation of dialog boxes--pressing the Tab key moves you from field to field and from button to button.

Font-menu updates
The font menus in InDesign CC are packed with new features. In previous versions, you could type the first few characters of a font's name to find it, but now InDesign displays fonts that contain that string of characters anywhere in their name. This makes finding bold, extended, or pro fonts much easier, and it helps with finding fonts that have similar names, such as ITC Garamond and Adobe Garamond.

Previewing how text will appear in various fonts is easier too, as you can now click on a font name to see selected text in that font, or use the up and down arrows on your keyboard to navigate from one font to the other.

Adobe also changed how font family members are displayed. For example, the bold and italic versions of a font are now indented under the main font name instead of in a submenu to the right of the font family name. Clicking the disclosure triangle next to the font family name lets you show or hide family members.

 

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