What's new in InDesign CS6

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What's new in InDesign CS6

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Find out what's new in InDesign CS6 with our run down on the latest features that have been introduced. The chances are these days you are developing content for a variety of different devices and screen sizes and InDesign CS6 makes it easier than ever to make that job simple.

Some of the new features introduced include:

 

Liquid Layout

Liquid Layout

Now you can apply liquid page rules to automatically adapt content when you create an alternate layout with a different size or orientation in InDesign. This makes it both quick and easy to design for multiple screen sizes and devices, something which is essential in today's environment.

 

 

Alternate Layout

Alternate Layout

Now you can efficiently create and design multiple versions of a layout for different devices all within a single InDesign file. This helps you avoid the clutter of maintaining multiple documents just for a single piece of creative work.

 

 

Linked content

Linked content

Link content within or across InDesign documents so that changes (including interactivity) made to the parent text or object are applied to all linked children objects. This is a great time saver helping you avoid hunting down all those instances of a particular item, when applying changes or updates to a document.

 

 

Content Collector tools

Content Collector tools

Grab text and objects from an existing layout using the Content Collector. In a new layout, use the Content Placer to add items in the order you want them to appear. This is a faster way to replicate pieces of copy and graphics across multiple layouts and documents, and a big improvement on the old copy and paste technique.

 

 

Content Collector tools

PDF forms within InDesign

If you have used InDesign to layout pdf forms, you'll know how you then need to use Acrobat to insert the form fields. Well CS6 makes the job easier and you can now create form fields directly within InDesign before you export to PDF. You can also assign the tab order in InDesign using the Articles panel. Much simpler.

 

 

Split window & Pages panel enhancements

Split window & Pages panel enhancements

With InDesign CS6 you can now view two side-by-side layouts within the same document, to compare the look and feel of the layouts and help ensure consistency throughout. Additionally pages panel enhancements allow you to display alternate layouts in the Pages panel to organize content more efficiently.

 

 

Persistent text frame fitting options

Persistent text frame fitting options

Set frames to grow with additional text, based on simple parameters. Expand and shrink frames automatically for headlines, callouts, or other variable content. This is a nice timesaver, and saves having to constantly change the frame size for documents you have to regularly update.

 

 

Persistent text frame fitting options

Grayscale preview

Preview your layouts in grayscale to see how they will look on a black-and-white device or when printed in black and white.

Export to PNG

Export your InDesign document to PNG, a lossless format, for use on the web. You can export the entire document, part of the document, or individual items.

Enhanced zoom for linked objects

Zoom in to a linked object from the Links panel to evaluate it more clearly.

Interactive HTML

Include interactive HTML — such as Google Maps and animation developed with Adobe Edge software — in InDesign layouts. Interactivity is retained when exporting to HTML, EPUB3, or .folio for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.

Live Preflight for digital publications

Preflight digital publications using EPUB and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite preflight profiles. Use Live Preflight to detect and fix any problems before exporting.

There are a number of other new features in InDesign CS6 all of which make it easier to design documents for multiple devices, saving you time and effort. Those on a current subscription will get InDesign CS6 at no charge once it is released. If you don't have a valid subscription you will need to upgrade to InDesign CS6 if your able or buy a new version if not.

If you are using InDesign to produce content for a variety of different platforms and screen sizes, then the CS6 upgrade is a must have. If not however it's still a worthy upgrade with numerous enhancements and time saving options that have been introduced.