Learn what's new in the 2019 releases of InDesign.

The latest release of InDesign is August 2019 (version 14.0.3), which brings to you an improved application performance, better stability, smoother workflows, and enriched user experience. Over 50+ issues have been fixed in this release. To learn more, visit Fixed issues in InDesign.

Top new features

October 2018 release (version 14.0)

Content-Aware Fit

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With Content-Aware Fit, InDesign can now intelligently fit the best part of an image when you place it inside a frame. The best part of the image is determined based on the dimensions and aspect ratio of the frame as well as by evaluating various parts of the image.

Content-Aware Fit
Content-Aware Fit

For more information, see Fit objects to frames.

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.

Layout adjustment
Layout adjustment

For more information, see Layout adjustment.

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.

Import PDF comments

For more information, see Import PDF comments.

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.

Properties panel
Properties panel

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
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 glyphs to form the flags of countries
Combine single-person characters with skin colors
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.

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.

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.