With Adobe's latest round of updates yesterday there are some nice new features added to InDesign CC. Below we have put together a reminder of some of the new features introduced into InDesign since the original InDesign CC release early last year.
InDesign CC (2014) - June 2014
The latest update to InDesign allows you to move rows and columns around within tables by simply selecting, dragging and dropping them. This will be useful for anybody regularly working with tables in InDesign.
InDesign CC now lets you make interactive EPUB books with live text — such as children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, and textbooks — that are rich with illustrations, photos, audio, video, or animations. Layout and design remain fixed no matter the size of screen they’re being viewed on thanks to support for the latest EPUB 3 standards.
Your presets and preferences, including shortcuts and workspaces, stay with you when you update to a new version of InDesign.
Similar to Paragraph Style folders, you can now manage and organize your color swatches to quickly find what you need. Whilst it's not an earth shattering change, these type of improvements can quickly add up and save you a lot of time.
Scaling of Effects
You can now scale any effects you have applied. For example drop shadows or gradient feathers, will automatically scale as you change the scale of an object or text.
InDesign's search capabilities have now been enhanced and when searching for text, glyphs, or GREP, you can now search backward with “find previous” in addition to being able to search forward with “find next.”
In addition to support for HiDPI Mac Retina Displays, InDesign is now also optimized for HiDPI Windows machines as well.
Changes to InDesign footnotes mean they will now support text wrap from the containing text frame and external page items.
Enhanced QR Code Creator
You no longer have to manually create a unique QR code when you’re doing a data merge. With this new feature, they’ll be created automatically. This could be a huge time saver for anybody that is using QR codes in a big way and using data merge to handle hundreds or thousands of products / items.
In addition to INDD, linked files, and fonts, you can now include PDFs and IDML files when you’re creating a package from InDesign. This ensures that your document can be opened and viewed by people on different versions. I have often come across people on CC sending their files to somebody on CS6 or CS5 who then can't open it. IDML files are a useful way to avoid this problem, and packaging them up can be a useful timesaver.
PDF Passthrough Printer
Print your documents directly to PDF Print Engine devices without having to convert your file to a PDF.
InDesign CC (9.2) - January 2014
InDesign is increasingly used to create digital documents, and creating and managing hyperlinks in these is now simpler, faster, and more intuitive. You can use right-click commands to create and test hyperlinks, and you can manage hyperlinks and edit their names in an improved panel. Automatic styling also helps you quickly spot every hyperlink in your layout, and can be easily adjusted in the character styles panel.
Desktop Fonts from Typekit
Typekit offers a nice collection of several hundred professional font families, this release allowed you to access Typekit’s rich library of desktop fonts directly from the InDesign font menu. To reduce the headache of documents with missing fonts, InDesign can now identify matching fonts from the Typekit library and sync them with a single click. You can also filter to see only Typekit fonts or favourite fonts in the fonts menu which is useful.
Enhance your digital books with elegantly formatted footnotes that pop up in context on the page being read with a simple tap. Give readers the additional information they need without interrupting their focus or reading flow. You can also benefit from smarter text handling on export, with more accurate presentation of text color, tables, and nested styles. You can even map object styles to tags for export and more easily edit CSS. These and other improvements give you greater control and fidelity for EPUB export.
Improved handling of native ID objects on EPUB export
Transforms applied on objects, such as rotation on an object containing a graphic, are now mapped to CSS. InDesign maps the transforms to the generated CSS for graphic, audio and video object content, and groups.
InDesign CC (9.1 & 9.0) - August 2013 and before
With Creative Cloud allowing you to work on two devices you can now synchronize your workspace settings to Creative Cloud — including keyboard shortcuts, presets, and workspaces — so they go where you go.
Under-the-hood improvements throughout InDesign keep you working quickly and smoothly. Harness all of your system’s RAM with native 64-bit support. See the greatest improvements in speed and stability when printing and when exporting PDF and INX files.
InDesign has a new look. The updated user interface is consistent with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, so it’s easier to work across your Adobe applications. And now you control the brightness of the UI so you can see your layouts more clearly.
Font Search and Filler
Find the perfect font, fast. Type any portion of a font name, such as “bold,” “semicondensed,” or “italic,” or any part of a font family name, and see only the fonts that match your criteria.
Instant Font Preview
Quickly see how different fonts look in your layout. Use the arrow keys to browse through fonts and see each one applied to your selected text. When you find the best fit for your design, just click its name or press Enter to make your choice.
QR Code Creator
Create crisp, clear QR codes right within InDesign. Because InDesign creates vector codes, you can resize them without compromising quality and copy them into applications like Illustrator. At any point, you can edit the QR code directly within InDesign.
Sharing with Creative Cloud
With the Save to Cloud command, your files (including layers) are accessible on any device. Share them with team members or clients. Changes are tracked, so you can always access previous versions.
New features made it easier to produce high-quality EPUB files from InDesign. You have greater control over the table of contents and CSS export, and CSS editing is simpler. You can also map object styles to tags so they export appropriately. Again there are other smaller improvements to features but this highlights some of the more prominent features within InDesign since the CC release. If you would like to learn more about InDesign, then please consider our training courses which are available on InDesign CC and CS6.