Alongside the many great features already included in InDesign CS6 there are some real improvements in InDesign CC , Ive picked out my top five features that really make it worth upgrading… Tables Creating tables in InDesign has never been easier with great new drag and drop features. Working with tables in InDesign was a fairly long and frustrating process, there was a lot of copying and pasting, selecting and deleting to get your tables in order. InDesign CC has addressed this issue making it much easier to just drag and move columns to get them exactly where you want them.
Colour Groups Organising your swatches and finding specific colours just got much much easier InDesign CC has finally caught up with its sister programme Illustrator adding colour groups to your swatches panel, now rather than all your swatches being in a long list you can organise your swatches in to small folders within your swatches panel, you can even import colour groups that you have previously created in Illustrator!
Do you use Kuler colour themes? Well you will be very pleased to know that you can easily automatically create a colour group from a Kuler theme. You can even recoulour entire spreads with the click of a button to incorporate a new colour theme from a group in your swatches panel. Colour Groups are our favourite new feature!
Traditionally with an eBook the text content would reflow for different devices, this is useful for long text documents but not very good for a designer or someone who has spent a lot of time incorporating images to a design. With a fixed layout ePub you export your design and it stays exactly how you wanted it, much like generating a PDF.
The fixed layout ePub also supports audio, visual and all the interactive elements that InDesign CC has to offer.
Similarly, fonts from Typekit are available for additional fees beyond the cost of InDesign. InDesign CC is subscription-based, requiring a monthly or annual fee, while InDesign CS was available as a perpetual license which could be purchased and used forever with a one-time fee. While InDesign CC may not have received significant updates since the creative suite versions, related Adobe apps have been updated considerably.
InDesign CC is useful if using the most current Windows operating systems. The program began development long before this, with a different company known as Aldus that was based in Seattle and created desktop publishing software.
Aldus developed some of the first graphics and desktop publishing programs available for personal computers that were running early versions of the Windows and Mac operating systems. These included applications such as Superpaint and PageMaker. The first version of PageMaker was released by Aldus July and it provided a simplified graphical user interface that fit the Macintosh point-and-click user experience.
PageMaker became popular for early desktop publishing use as a result. At the company's height in , PageMaker 4. In , Adobe purchased Aldus and acquired most of their software apps, with the most notable being PageMaker. Quark had many more features and eventually pushed PageMaker out of the professional desktop publishing market. In , Adobe released the first version of InDesign with the intent to replace PageMaker and offer an application that was more competitive with QuarkXPress.
Adobe eventually bundled InDesign with Photoshop and Illustrator, and then added additional tools to deliver the Creative Suite. As many designers already used Photoshop and Illustrator, offering InDesign as part of these other applications caused it to be adopted more quickly.
How is InDesign Used InDesign is used to create flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, posters, business cards, postcards, stickers, comics, and many other types of documents or visual communication. InDesign is an industry-standard for publishing design and is used by graphics and marketing professionals. It may be used in conjunction with other applications that are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud including Illustrator and Photoshop, or it can be used on its own.
Images and illustrations are usually not created within InDesign, rather layouts using text, images, and drawings that often are built in other programs are assembled into a layout using InDesign. What Does Adobe InDesign Do InDesign provides the tools necessary to design pages and create visual layouts that can be used for both print and digital media. InDesign provides users a simplified way to create professional pages which can be published and distributed in print or online.
InDesign is especially useful for documents containing multiple pages, layouts that combine text and images, and those containing significant amounts of text. Academic discounts are available for Creative Cloud, including InDesign. There is no month-to-month option for the discounted fees. These include hands-on classes, private training, books, and online tutorials.
Live instruction can also help you decide whether you'd like to go with a single-app subscription or the full Creative Cloud.