New features summary

Update to InDesign CC available

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Adobe InDesign CC 9.2 | An overview

Rufus Deuchler

Typekit Desktop Fonts integration

New in InDesign

As a paid Creative Cloud subscriber, you get access to Typekit library of fonts for the Web and the desktop. Generally, you use the Creative Cloud Desktop app to sync Typekit fonts on your computer, but now you can actually browse and sync Typekit fonts from within InDesign.

Typekit desktop fonts are now fully integrated with InDesign. With this seamless integration, you can now easily do the following from within InDesign:

  • Find missing Typekit fonts in your documents and sync those fonts from Typekit.
  • Browse and add new fonts from the Typekit Website by clicking the Add Fonts from Typekit button in the Type menu.
  • Find your synced Typekit fonts quicker in the Font menu with the new Typekit font filter.
Typekit font filter
A. Typekit font filter B. Browse and add fonts from Typekit website C. Typekit font indicator icon


Typekit fonts cannot be packaged with other fonts while creating an InDesign package file. However, they can be printed and used in digital documents, such as PDFs or EPUBs.

Enhanced in InDesign CC

The major pain points around creating, editing, and managing hyperlinks have been addressed in this release of InDesign.

Creating hyperlinks simplified

Creating a hyperlink in InDesign is now incredibly simple. You can create a hyperlink with just a right-click gesture. Hyperlinks now have a separate Hyperlink character style – blue and underlined. Also, InDesign now creates an affordance on non-text objects similar to the button affordance – dotted line around the object frame.

To create a hyperlink:

  1. Right-click the selected text or object, and then choose Hyperlinks > New Hyperlink. The New Hyperlink dialog box is displayed.

    New Hyperlink dialog box

  2. Specify an appropriate URL destination.

  3. By default, InDesign applies the Hyperlink style to the selected text or object. For text, you can easily select a different style from the Style drop-down. For a non-text object, InDesign applies a design time visual identifier to the links – dotted line around the object with the color inherited from layer color.

Hyperlink on text
The character style is added to the document character style list. The style will print and export.

Visual identifier applied to object links
A dotted outline is applied to the linked objects. It’s a visual identifier only and will not print or export.

Editing hyperlinks made easy

The Edit Hyperlink dialog used to default to the Shared Destination, and it was quite confusing. Now the Edit feature is available on right-click and the dialog automatically points to the type of hyperlink you are editing.

To edit an existing hyperlink, right-click the selected text or object and then choose Hyperlinks > Edit Hyperlink. The Edit Hyperlink dialog box is displayed with an appropriate type of link already selected.

Manage hyperlinks easily

We have revamped the Hyperlinks panel to make it more convenient for you to manage your hyperlinks using the panel.

Hyperlinks panel



  • Added traffic lights to quickly check and provide instant feedback on URL availability: Green indicates a valid URL and red indicates an invalid URL. Clicking the light icon takes you to the destination.
  • Added page numbers similar to the Links panel: Clicking a page number takes you to the page where the link is and selects the link.
  • Clicking on other icons, such as email or anchor, takes you to the destination.
  • Added refresh control to refresh URL availability manually.
  • Links pointing to the same destination are grouped together.

Also, Hyperlink and Cross- References panel are now separated. More on Hperlinks (article) and Cross-References (article).

Additional enhancements

  • The Delete Unused Destination deletes the destinations that were added earlier but are not in use currently.
Hyperlink destination and delete unused destination options

  • The Delete All button is replaced with Delete Unused.
Hyperlink destination options

More on Simplified Hyperlinks (video)

EPUB enhancements

Enhanced in InDesign CC

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_9.0_to_9.2.pdf.)

Create reflowable interactive books

Create footnotes that popup over the page you’re reading

You now have a new control for iBooks Reader pop-up footnotes – Inside a Pop-up footnote placement option for EPUB3. The Footnote Placement option on the EPUB export options dialog has been changed to display a drop-down listing the placement options.

Inside a pop-up footnote option

This new option changes the markup of the footnote reference and the footnote content wrapper to enable pop-up footnotes in iBooks Reader. The footnote text becomes visible only when a reader touches the footnote reference.

More control over EPUB export

More accurate representation of exported text color, tables, and nested styles

InDesign now successfully maps Color attributes including tint in Paragraph styles to CSS properties. Now the Gradient Colors are also supported when applied using a paragraph style.

InDesign now successfully emits the markup for an applied Cell Style including the class associated with the style. Also, regional cell styles, in addition to an applied Cell Style and Cell Attributes overrides, are now emitted and exported properly.

We have improved support for Nested Styles and Dropcaps by resolving important issues around them:

  • Nested Styles are now fully supported.
  • Font embedding for Dropcaps works fine now. Also, the dropcap’s float property now respects paragraph direction.

Improved CSS handling of native InDesign objects, images, and groups

Transforms applied on objects, such as rotation on an object containing a graphic, are now successfully mapped to CSS. InDesign now precisely maps the transforms to the generated CSS for graphic, audio and video object content, and groups.

Example: Transforms applied on a graphic and how it maps to CSS

Transform applied on an object




div._idGenPageitem-2 {

-webkit-transform:translate(0.000px,0.000px) rotate(330.000deg) skew(0.000deg) scale(1.000,1.000);

-webkit-transform-origin:50% 50%;





Improved handling of bullets and numbering

Custom bullets with GID and Font are now replaced with standard bullet character. Font embedding for custom bullets is also supported now. For EPUB3 exports, we now support additional CSS list-style-type values.

Support for additional list types and text align last within CSS properties

InDesign now supports additional CSS properties for CJK and ME - list-style-type(s), -epub-text-align-last, and gradients on paragraphs.

Create EPUBs for any market


InDesign now supports Pre-Character Ruby and Auto TCY. With the improved support for Ruby, and J Vertical composition including TCY and Auto TCY, you can now successfully create EPUBs for Japanese market.

Middle East

InDesign now supports Paragraph and Character direction though dir tag attribute. This improves the handling of right to left direction languages, and lets you successfully create EPUBs for Arabic market.

Changes to User Interface

The Object Export Options is now available in the context menu.

Object export option available in context menu

  • The Use Original Image option is added to the Object Export Options dialog box and the EPUB Export Options dialog box. This new control requests that the export must use the placed image rather than the rasterized image.
Use original image option in Object export

Use original image option in EPUB export

  • The Settings Apply to Anchored Objects option is removed from the Image options of the EPUB Export dialog box.

More on EPUB enhancements (video)

Other enhancements

Enhanced in InDesign CC

Seamless update

  • The recent document list will not automatically clear out when you apply updates.
    Note: This will take effect for updates done after InDesign CC 9.2.0.
  • The Color Theme setting does not automatically get reset to Medium Dark when you apply updates.

Active preflight profile in the document status bar

InDesign now displays the name of the currently active preflight profile in the document status bar, allowing you to change it from right there.

‘Protect When Applying Fonts’ for Roman fonts

The Protect When Applying Fonts setting now applies to Roman fonts as well.

Cross-references performance improvement

In the previous versions of InDesign, if you had a document with multiple cross-references to other documents, you would notice a lag in typing text in your document. This especially happens when the cross-references are pointing to multiple docs and those docs are not open.

This issue has been fixed now. You won’t notice any lag in typing text in your document even though all the referenced docs are not open.

Text selection or highlight behavior restored

The text selection or highlight behavior has been reverted to how it was in ID CS6. Now the system (OS) highlight color is not used to highlight text. This change has been made to Layout text selection/highlight only. In the Story Editor, behavior is still as it was in CC.


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