Update to InDesign CC available
For more information, see the New features summary.
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:
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.
More on working with Typekit fonts (article) | Typekit desktop fonts and Font Menu Enhancements (video)
Enhanced in InDesign CC
The major pain points around creating, editing, and managing hyperlinks have been addressed in this release of InDesign.
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:
Right-click the selected text or object, and then choose Hyperlinks > New Hyperlink. The New Hyperlink dialog box is displayed.
Specify an appropriate URL destination.
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.
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.
We have revamped the Hyperlinks panel to make it more convenient for you to manage your hyperlinks using the panel.
Also, Hyperlink and Cross- References panel are now separated. More on Hperlinks (article) and Cross-References (article).
More on Simplified Hyperlinks (video)
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 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.
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 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:
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
-webkit-transform:translate(0.000px,0.000px) rotate(330.000deg) skew(0.000deg) scale(1.000,1.000);
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.
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.
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.
The Object Export Options is now available in the context menu.
More on EPUB enhancements (video)
Enhanced in InDesign CC
InDesign now displays the name of the currently active preflight profile in the document status bar, allowing you to change it from right there.
The Protect When Applying Fonts setting now applies to Roman fonts as well.
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.
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.