Feature summary | InDesign CC | 2017 releases


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2017 releases of InDesign


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New features in August 2020 release (15.1.2)

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


You can now add endnotes and quickly reference annotations within long documents. You can either insert endnotes in the document or in a story, a single endnote frame is created for the document. You can also control the numbering, formatting, and layout of the endnotes. The numbering auto-adjusts based on the rearrangements of the endnotes in the text.

Now, you can also import a word document having endnotes using import option. All the endnotes are imported and added in a new text frame.

For more information, see Endnotes.

Paragraph border

Paragraph border enables you to create a border around one or more paragraphs. You can customize corner designs to highlight the paragraph with beautiful effects.

For more information, see Format paragraphs.

Object height, width styles

Set and modify object size and position across pages in a document with Object Styles. Easily resize the width and height and reposition multiple objects across a document using Object Styles.

The Object Style dialog box now provides an option to choose and set the desired values for position (X and Y coordinates) and size (height and width) for an object.

This option is available as Size and Position Options in Object Style Options dialog.

Object height, width styles


There are three options available for size:

  • Width only
  • Height only
  • Height & Width

You can modify height and width based on the selection made from these options.

For example, if you choose Width only then you can modify width only. The option to modify height will be unavailable.


Similarly, there are three options available for position:

  • X only
  • Y only
  • X and Y

You can modify X and Y based on the selection made from these options.

For example, if you choose X only then you can modify X only. The option to modify Y will be unavailable.

You can also apply size and position of an object to other object by using the Eyedropper tool. Double click the Eyedropper tool and select Transform Options (disabled by default). Now, if you click any object, the Eyedropper tool also picks the size and position of the object which can then be applied to any other object.

Transform Options

Duden Integration (German only)

Duden, a trusted German brand for dictionaries, is now integrated natively in InDesign. Now, you can use Duden for more accurate German hyphenation and spell checking.

For more information, see Duden dictionary.

Add and share text assets using Creative Cloud Libraries

Now, you can add text objects from your InDesign documents to Creative Cloud libraries and then share them with other users and across applications. Text assets in a library retain the character/paragraph styles and other attributes originally applied to them. You can reuse text assets in libraries across InDesign or Illustrator documents. However, if a text object has effects and appearances applied to it, you must add it to the library as a graphics asset to preserve them.

For more information, see Creative Cloud libraries in InDesign.

Font-related features

While searching for fonts, you can narrow down the results by filtering fonts by classification, such as Serif, Sans Serif, and Handwritten.

You can also search for fonts based on visual similarity. Fonts closest in visual appearance to the font you're searching for appear on top of the search results. A status strip in the font menu displays the information about the applied filters.

For more information, see Organize and filter fonts.

PDF Accessibility enhancements

In this release of InDesign CC several enhancements have been made in PDF accessibility at export. Following tagging support has been introduced in PDF exports.


Earlier, you couldn't tag InDesign native objects and graphics as figures. Now, the alternate text added to graphics is exported to tagged PDF and the corresponding alternate text is read by screen reader for the graphics.

Group level tagging:

InDesign now supports group level tags when alt-text is provided to a group. You can now add alt-text to a grouped entity in InDesign and it is tagged as a figure in the exported PDF.

Support for footnote:

Proper footnote tagging is now supported in tagged PDF.

Anchored text frames and anchored groups tagging:

Support for anchored objects tagging, which was not available earlier, has been added. Now, you get tags for anchored text frames and anchored groups in exported PDF.

Parent pages tagging

Any page object on parent page is not tagged in exported PDF and has an artifact tag in contents panel of Acrobat. Overriding parent page items shows the tags of page items in exported PDF.

Index tagging:

Earlier, you were able to create index but the index tag was not exported to PDF. Now, this can be done and index tagging, which was previously role mapped to paragraph, is now mapped to index only.

List tag language:

Earlier, list tag language was set to English by default in the exported PDF. Now, the correct list language gets exported in the tagged PDF as set by the user.

List tagging:

Earlier, nested list tag structure was contained in LBody of primary list which was read incorrectly. Now, the correct structure of nested list tagging is implemented.

Caption tagging:

InDesign now supports Live Caption tagging. Figure captioned with live caption gets a caption tag as a child of figure tag.


Support for TOC tagging structure is implemented, which was previously mapped to paragraph tagging. Also, now it is mandatory for a TOC containing hyperlinks to have tags.

HTML export improvements

Now, there is an option in the HTML export dialog which tells InDesign to not include classes in the HTML. It removes the class and id attributes present in the tag during HTML Export. Any redundant div tags present in the HTML are also removed to provide a clean looking HTML and remove unnecessary grouping of content.

For more information, see Export content to HTML.

New Document dialog for MENA versions

Now, while creating a document in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) version of InDesign, instead of beginning with a blank document, you can choose from a wide variety of templates which were earlier available for Roman feature set.only. This includes Arabic, Hebrew, and French (Morocco) locales.

To access the new dialog, do one of the following:

  • Select File > New.
  • Use the following keyboard shortcut:
    • (Mac) Cmd+N
    • (Windows) Ctrl+N

Other enhancements (October 2017 release)

  • InDesign now has the capability to add or move gradient swatches in a color group. You can create a gradient swatch directly inside a color group or drag an existing swatch to a color group.

  • The option to remove forced line break while generating a Table of Contents is now available.

    Remove Forced Line Break

Quick-start to your projects

New in InDesign CC (April 2017)

Now, while creating a document in InDesign, instead of beginning with a blank document, you can choose from a wide variety of templates, including templates from Adobe Stock. Templates include assets that you can build on to complete your project. When you open a template in InDesign, you can work with it just as you would work with any other InDesign document.

In addition to templates, you can also create a document by selecting one of the numerous presets available in InDesign.

For more information, see Create documents.

Modern user experience

New in InDesign CC (April 2017)

InDesign now has a brand new user interface that is flat, modern, and easy on the eyes. The tools and panels have new icons. You can change the interface to one of the four available color options designed for optimal user experience: Dark, Medium Dark, Medium Light,and Light.

For more information, see Workspace basics.

User interface: then versus now with brightness set to Light

A. Previous user interface B. Current user interface (InDesign CC April 2017 release) 

Available Color Themes

Footnotes that span columns

New in InDesign CC (November 2016)

Now, while working with a multi-column text frame, you have the option to insert a footnote that spans across multiple columns on specific text frames or across entire documents. Select the Span Footnotes Across Columns option in the Document Footnote Options to enable this feature. Based on the selection, this option makes all the footnotes in the document either span across the columns or revert to the original behavior.

The option to span footnotes across columns is enabled by default for a new document created in InDesign CC 2017. However, the option is disabled by default for an existing document created in an earlier version.

For more information, see Footnotes.

OpenType enhancements

New in InDesign CC (November 2016)

With this release of InDesign, OpenType properties are now more discoverable. When selecting text or a text frame, you can click a badge that contextually displays the OpenType properties applicable to the selected text. Additionally, you can now preview how a particular OpenType property looks. If mixed fonts are present in the selection, then OpenType properties for all the fonts is displayed.

In-context menu for text frame selection

Apply OpenType properties to more than just one character. Now, when you select a text frame or text in a text frame, InDesign identifies the applicable OpenType properties for the selected text and provides an option to apply them.

In-context menu showing a list of applicable OpenType properties

For more information, see Using fonts.

In-context support for Ordinals and Ligatures

The support for in-context menu, which was earlier available for Alternates and Fractions, is now extended to Ordinals and Ligatures (discretionary/standard). So now, when you select 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on, InDesign automatically suggests applying the Ordinal property to it. The ordinals are restricted to the English ordinals as of now.

Also, if you select ‘st’ from the word Start and a discretionary ligature exists for the characters, InDesign suggests that you apply that property. The same is applicable for standard ligatures.

In-context support for Ordinals and Ligatures

For more information, see Using fonts and Format characters.

Stylistic sets

OpenType fonts usually have stylistic sets in them. InDesign displays these stylistic sets as Set 1, Set 2, and so on. It may be hard to figure out from the name what kind of stylistic set this may be. With this feature, the name of the stylistic set is used and is shown at various places in InDesign wherever they are referenced.

For more information, see Using fonts.

New in InDesign CC (November 2016)

In previous versions of InDesign, if your document included multiple hyperlinks connected to the hyperlinks panel, it would load slowly. With this release, the Hyperlinks panel loads faster and gives much improved performance over previous versions.

Stroke arrowhead scaling

New in InDesign CC (November 2016)

This release of InDesign provides support for arrowhead scaling. Now, you can scale start and end arrowheads independently of line stroke weight, and switch them with a single click using controls provided in the Stroke panel.

Stroke arrowhead scaling options

For more information, see Apply line (stroke) settings.

UI enhancements

New in InDesign CC (November 2016)

Discoverability of Control panel customization option

The Customize Control panel functionality is now available in the Control panel. Also, when you click that option, the relevant tool widgets are expanded by default.

Customize Control Panel

Preference for Panel tab height

The preference to turn off the large tab height is now available in InDesign. You can find the preference under Preferences > Interface > Panels > Large Tabs.

Preference for Panel and Document tab height

For more information, see Workspace basics.

New in InDesign CC (November 2016)

In addition to searching for Adobe Help, you can now search for Adobe Stock assets from within InDesign. Select Adobe Stock from the drop-down next to the search box to search for assets in Adobe Stock.

Search Adobe Stock

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