Feature summary | InDesign | 2018 releases

Learn about the new features and enhancements in March 2018 (13.1 &13.2) and October 2017 releases of InDesign CC.

New features in October 2018 release (14.0)

The October 2018 release of InDesign CC (14.0) has the following new features and enhancements: 

Layout adjustment

Layout adjustment

Layout adjustment in InDesign is now quick and easy. If you need to change the page size of a document after text and images have been added, you no longer need to manually adjust the text, images, or other elements.  

The new Adjust Layout feature automatically adjusts all elements in the layout when the page size, page margin, or bleed of a document is changed.

For more information, see Layout adjustment.

Import PDF comments

Import PDF comments

You can now import any marked up PDF into InDesign and easily track the feedback and comments noted in the PDF. You can accept comments and mark them resolved or unresolved. Selecting a comment also highlights the section in the document where the comment is applicable.

For more information, see Import PDF comments.

Properties panel

Properties panel

The new Properties panel in InDesign lets you view settings and controls in the context of your current task or workflow. This new panel has been designed with ease of use in mind, ensuring that you have access to the right controls when you need them.

The Properties panel is available by default in the Essentials workspace. You can also enable it from Window > Properties.

For more information, see Properties panel.

Visual font browsing

You can now browse thousands of fonts from hundreds of type foundries from within InDesign, activate them instantly, and use them in your documents. The Fonts panel includes various new options to provide you an enriched experience while working with fonts. You can apply a filter to view only the recently added fonts. You can also select a sample text from the list of predefined text for font preview or select your own text as well. You now also have the option to change the font size while previewing the font.

For more information, see Using fonts.

OpenType SVG fonts support

With the support for OpenType SVG fonts in InDesign, you can now provide multiple colors and gradients in a single glyph.

OpenType SVG fonts: Multiple colors and gradients

Using OpenType SVG emoji fonts, you can include various colorful and graphical characters, such as smileys, flags, street signs, animals, people, food, and landmarks in your documents. You can also create composite glyphs. For example, using the EmojiOne font, you can create the flags of countries or achieve skin tone diversity in your glyphs.

Combine glyphs to form the flags of countries

Combine single-person characters with diverse skin tones

For more information, see Using fonts.

Add footnotes in tables

You can now insert footnotes in a table in InDesign. The footnote text appears at the bottom of the text frame.

The reference number of a footnote in a table will be in continuation with the reference number of footnotes in that story.

Table footnotes are retained while importing Word documents and are exported to formats that support footnotes, such as PDF, EPUB, and HTML.

For more information, see Footnotes.

Other enhancements

  • You can now retain the filename while exporting a document. When you select the Use InDesign Document Name as the Output Filename option , the exported PDF will have the same name as the name of the document from the next export. Else, it will have the name previously entered by you.

  • You can now convert endnotes to footnotes and footnotes to endnotes in InDesign.

  • Now, while creating a package, you have an option to choose whether you want to create printing instructions for that package.

    • Select Create Printing Instructions from the Summary tab in the Package dialog box. 
    • Click Package. 
  • Now, every document will remember its last export format. If the document is shared with another user or accessed from another machine, it will still retain the format in which that document was last exported.

  • The Index panel now has larger area to display index entries, so you can locate them.

    Also, you will find a new search box to search for an index entry. Simply type the text you want to search and use next and previous arrows to search in the index entries.

  • Now, with custom fonts you can customize the look of forms in an exported PDF.

New features in March 2018 release (13.1 & 13.2)

The March 2018 release of InDesign CC (13.1 & 13.2) has the following new features and enhancements: 

Space between paragraph styles

You now have the ability to choose whether the spacing before or after affects the text of the same style. The Space Between Paragraphs Using Same Style option in the Styles dialog lets you specify a value for space between paragraphs having the same style. This value is used only if two consecutive paragraphs have the same paragraph style. If the paragraph styles of consecutive paragraphs are different, the value for the Space Before and Space After options are used.

For more information, see Format paragraphs.

Merge paragraph borders

New in the March 2018 release

Merge paragraph borders and shading

You can now create borders that enclose multiple paragraphs using Paragraph Border feature. Select Merge Consecutive Borders And Shading With Same Settings option while creating a paragraph border to merge the paragraph borders of two consecutive paragraphs, if they have same paragraph border and shading properties.

For more information, see Format paragraphs.

Richer analytics for Publish Online documents

New in the March 2018 release

Now you can track analytics, such as read time, average read time, and device breakup of user views for each Publish Online document.

Use Photoshop and Illustrator shortcuts in InDesign

New in the March 2018 release

You now have an option to use Photoshop or Illustrator keyboard shortcuts in InDesign. If you have Illustrator or Photoshop installed on your system, you will also get a message to use Photoshop or Illustrator shortcuts when you launch InDesign and create a new document.

To select Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop shortcuts or to revert to InDesign default shortcuts, go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

Photoshop and Illustrator shortcuts in InDesign

Export document as separate PDF pages

New in the March 2018 release

Now, while exporting an InDesign document as PDF, you have an option to create separate PDFs for each page or spread. Select Create Separate PDF Files while exporting as Adobe PDF.

Create separate PDF files

For more information, see Dynamic PDF documents.

New mobile presets

New in the March 2018 release

New mobile presets

New presets for mobile and tablet have been added in the New Document dialog. You can now use mobile presets for iPhone X, iPhone 8, Google Pixel, and more.

Other enhancements (March 2018 release)

  • You can now edit the hex value directly from the Color panel without opening the Color Picker dialog box.

    Edit hex value from the Color panel

  • While creating a cross-reference, you can search a particular paragraph from the list of paragraphs with the help of a search bar. The following types of search are supported:

    • Search from start - Match the sequence from the beginning of the paragraph.
    • Search anywhere - Match the sequence from anywhere in the paragraph.
  • While creating a new document, you now have an option to preview the document as you make changes in the New Document dialog. Select Preview in the New Document dialog box to view how your document will look based on the current settings before you click Create.


  • IDML file retains its file name when you open it in InDesign.

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