Shortcuts and preferences are retained when you update to the latest version of InDesign, ensuring that you can easily and quickly get to work with the latest version.
- The InDesign preferences and presets from an earlier version are retained. You can also manually trigger local migration of presets and preferences from Edit > Migrate Previous Local Settings.
- Previous version settings are migrated from Creative Cloud in the following scenarios:
- No local settings are available for migration
- No current version (10.0) settings are available on Creative Cloud
This ensures that you don’t have to change your settings every time you update InDesign CC. Once settings are migrated, make sure that sync settings is initiated for the current version so that all the latest settings are now stored in the cloud.
In application - What's New dialog
On the first installation of InDesign CC 2014, a What's new dialog greets you with content that provides information about the new features in this release. Click a link to learn more about the feature.
In this release, InDesign provides support for Fixed Layout EPUBs. You also get control over adding epub:type markups. The enhancements made in this release also provide improved CSS support for table and cell styles. You can update metadata in the fixed layout and reflowable layouts, in addition to, configuring the exported outputs in the Viewing Apps tab.
Fixed Layout: InDesign now supports this format that is interesting and interactive. This format is used widely for children's eBooks and for complex non-fiction like cookbooks and textbooks. Unlike standard eBooks, fixed layout eBooks retain the same page layout and design, as their print book counterparts. You can export your InDesign document to a fixed layout EPUB format. You can control the way the layout would appear on a digital reader using this feature. Select File > Export > EPUB (Fixed Layout) from Save as type, to explore this format.
Customizable object width and height in CSS: You can now customize the height and width of an object in a CSS file in the Object Export Options dialog box (reflowable layout only).
New EPUB type markup: A new EPUB type helps improve the accessibility of components in EPUB export design. This new epub:type (Object Export Options > EPUB and HTML) helps you define the elements in a publication and design the intended reading order for the reader of the EPUB file.
Writing improved CSS for table and cells styles: Table and cell styles now get mapped appropriately to the CSS. If a table is not used, InDesign creates no unnecessary CSS files.
Metadata: You can update the file info or metadata of your InDesign file and the same EPUB data gets populated in both Reflowable/Fixed Layout tabs.
Viewing Apps (Export): A Viewing Apps tab has been introduced in both Reflowable and Fixed Layout EPUB export options. Viewing Apps displays the applications that you can configure to open or view the EPUB files.
Many significant improvements and enhancements have been made to the EPUB capability of InDesign. (To see the list of all changes, refer to InDesign_EPUB_Changes_CC_9.2_to_10.0 pdf.)
Improvements to tables
As part of enhancements to tables in InDesign, you now get the ability to simply drag-and-drop table rows and columns from one position to another within the same table. Select the rows you want to copy or duplicate, hover over the selected rows, a unique cursor indicating that the selection can be moved is displayed. The item row can be simply dragged and dropped (or copied with an 'Alt' key pressed).
You can also copy the contents from header and footer rows to body rows (by pressing Alt/Opt key). Likewise, body rows can also be duplicated and converted to header and footer rows.
For more information, see Creating tables.
You can now create and manage color groups in InDesign. Simply create Color Groups from the Swatches panel through the new Color Group icon or from the flyout and context menu. You can also share the color groups with another application using Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) files. For example, load color swatches from another project in Illustrator.
For details, see Applying color.
Enhanced search - Find Previous
In previous InDesign versions, users could only search in forward direction. It meant that if you skipped over an item too fast and wanted to go back, the only way was to complete the find operation and start over again. This workflow has been improved now.
The Find/Change dialog in InDesign now has two search direction buttons - Forward and Backward. As search forward is enabled by default, you can switch to Backward to reverse the flow of the search. The new functionality helps you search strings in Text, GREP, and Glyph tabs.
For more information, see Find/Search.
Showcase and discover creative work on Behance. As a member, you can create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it widely and efficiently. Or, explore the latest creative work on a global scale by browsing featured or popular work across fields.
You can upload spreads as work-in-progress to Behance directly from within InDesign. Spreads are converted to images and shared on Behance for review and feedback.
At a time, you can upload only one spread from InDesign. To share a complete document, you can share as many times as the number of spreads in the document. Each spread goes as a separate upload and posting on Behance.
For more information, see Share your InDesign work on Behance.
From this release, you get the ability to include a PDF and IDML file in any package created from InDesign for individual documents. An InDesign package now includes INDD, linked files, fonts, IDML, and a PDF (Print).
For more information, see Package files.
Enhanced data merge for QR code
Now, you can place a data source containing a QR code in a merged document. The QR code workflow is integrated with the merged document. The following types of QR code can be linked via data merge in InDesign documents:
- Plain Text
- Web Hyperlink
- Text Message
- Business Card
Today, if you’re creating business cards for multiple people (in an organization, for example), you can use data merge. If you want to add a QR code, you would have to manually create a QR code for every unique business card. With this new update to data merge, you don't have to create a QR code manually for each card; the QR code can be automatically created during the data merge.
For more information, see Data merge.
You can now apply textwrap to an anchored or floating object that is part of a footnote. This enhancement works on both rectangular and non-rectangular text frames.
If a floating object (not anchored or inline) on which textwrap is applied interacts with footnote text, text wrap takes effect.
For more information, see Textwrap with footnotes.
HiDPI support for Windows
InDesign now supports HiDPI for Microsoft Windows across a wide variety of DPI display settings. You can view sharp and clear User Interface elements, visually appealing under various scaling factors. HiDPI support enables the display of text and complex artwork in greater clarity, and in colors and hues that are more vibrant.
For more information, see HiDPI support for Windows.
Earlier, transparency effects applied on an object in InDesign did not scale with the object. Now, all effects get applied. Effects such as drop shadows properly scale as you change the scale of an object or text. With the new Scalable Effects feature, an option to scale the transparency effects while scaling an object has been added in the Control panel and Transform panel flyout menus. You can activate scaling using this option.
For more information, see Scalability of an effect.
Modernization - Changes to panels
As part of modernization, the Tool Hints panel has been converted from Flash technology to HTML5. This panel (Windows > Utilities > Tool Hints) displays information about tool name, toolhint, and tool icon of the selected tool. It was earlier APE (Flash) based extension, the panel is now a CEP HTML5 based extension.
The Background Tasks panel (Window > Utilities > Background Tasks) is used to monitor the progress of ongoing background tasks. It also allows the user to cancel an ongoing background task. This panel was earlier APE (Flash) based and has now been converted to run on the drover User Interface technology.