Looking for a complete listing of what's new in Adobe InDesign CC 2018 and earlier? Here is a summary of the new features in InDesign across several versions that are sure to make your design projects easier, faster, and more integrated with the rest of Creative Cloud.

InDesign CC 2018


You can add endnotes and 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 control the numbering, formatting, and layout of the endnotes. The numbering auto-adjusts based on the rearrangements of the endnotes in the text. You can import a word document having endnotes using Show Import Options.

Paragraph border

Paragraph border enables you to create a border stroke around one or more paragraphs on one to four sides. You can customize corner designs, as well as have a shaded fill color.

Object Style height, width, position

This option is available as Size and Position Options in Object Style Options dialog. Resize the width and height and reposition multiple frame objects across a document using Object Styles. The Object Style dialog box provides an option to choose and set values for position (X and Y coordinates) and size (height and width) for an object.

Creative Cloud Libraries improvements

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.

PDF Accessibility tagging

The following tagging support has been introduced in PDF exports: Alt-Txt: With the 2018 release, you can tag InDesign native objects and graphics as figures. 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. Master pages tagging: Any page object on master page is not tagged in exported PDF and has an artifact tag in contents panel of Acrobat. Overriding master 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. TOC: 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

A new option in the HTML export dialog 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.

Gradients in color groups

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.

InDesign CC 2017

Footnotes that span columns

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. The option is disabled by default for an existing document created in an earlier version.

OpenType enhancements

With the 2017 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 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.

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.

Hyperlinks panel performance

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

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.

Control Panel customization

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.

Panel tab height preference

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.

In-app search of Adobe Stock assets

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.

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Cleaner and bigger UI

Users often complain about eye strain after using InDesign for a long time, mostly due to small UI elements in InDesign. With this release, the following areas have been enhanced: More than 100 panels have been redesigned in InDesign by increasing the size of various controls in panels, font size, inter-spacing between controls (both vertical and horizontal). More than 500 dialogs have been redesigned by increasing the height of UI controls. Panels and dialogs now look bigger, cleaner, and less cluttered.

Network file stability

Users often work on documents that are on network locations. Earlier, when network connectivity was lost, InDesign used to perform a protective shutdown to protect the document from corruption. Users could no longer continue working on the document. However, with network locations becoming more common, more users are running into this issue. In this release, for network documents smaller than 100 MB, if connectivity is lost, InDesign continues to function normally.

GPU Performance (Mac only)

InDesign can now significantly improve the rendering performance of documents on your Mac, by using the GPU of your computer. GPU acceleration is available only on supported Mac machines that have a GPU card with a minimum 1 GB of dedicated VRAM. The enhanced performance from using the GPU enables preference features like Animated Zoom.

Sort Swatches panel

In the Swatches panel, you can now sort swatches by Name and Color Values.

PDF language accessibility

The Export to Interactive PDF dialog has been modified to make it more organized. Various options have been categorized and arranged in tabs. Also, a new accessibility option is now available under the Advanced tab while exporting to Adobe PDF (Interactive): Language: Choose the document language for the exported PDF.

CC Library Read-only

While inviting others to collaborate on a Library, authors can mark the Library as Can View, to indicate that it is in read-only mode. The person with whom a Library is shared in read-only mode can use the assets from this Library but will not be able to add or modify any assets. Whenever the author updates the content of the Library, users who have read-only access get the updated content.

Adobe Stock integration

In-app purchase for Adobe Stock images: When you search for an image on Adobe Stock via CC Libraries panel and place it in your document, you now have a shopping cart icon that enables you to initiate the purchase process right from the asset. Additionally, the Links panel also displays a shopping cart icon next to un-licensed Adobe stock images placed in your layout. Clicking the cart icon also initiates the purchasing process. Open-in from Adobe Stock: While searching for an asset on Adobe Stock, in addition to downloading the asset to your Desktop or CC Library, you can directly place the asset in your document. If there is an open document with a frame selected, the Stock asset is added to the frame. If there is an open document with no frame selected, a new frame is created and the Stock asset is added to the frame. If no document is open, a blank document is created in the default format and the Stock asset is added in a new frame.

Start  & Recent Files workspace

When you launch InDesign or when you close all InDesign documents, a new Start workspace is displayed. You have convenient access to your recently used files, CC Libraries, and Presets with the Start workspace. You can open the New Document and Open dialogs using the regular shortcuts Ctrl/Cmd + N or Ctrl/Cmd + O. If you have a document open, you can view the most recent files that you have worked on using the Recent Files workspace (Ctrl/Cmd + O, or Window > Workspace > Recent Files.). Note: The above Recent Files workspace functionality is switched off by default.

Publish Online

The Publish Online button at the top right of the InDesign application allows you to export an EPUB3 up to Adobe's hosting servers. It also, optionally, will upload a companion PDF that a viewer can choose to download. The automated process returns a link that can be pasted into social media, or your website. The webpage dashboard provides some basic analytics and allow you to remove or update an EPUB3 that you have published.

Style Override Highlighter

This is a new button on the upper right of both the Paragraph Styles panel and the Character Styles panel. When pressed in, the program will highlight all text with manual overrides attributes applied to the text. This allows you to make sure that text is cleanly controlled by styles that can then map cleanly to code tags in EPUB and PDF exports.

Save As dialog default location

With the 2015 release, the default location opened in the Save As dialog will be the location from where the original document was opened.

Touch workspace for Windows

Support for the Microsoft Surface Pro and Windows 8, 8.1, 10, and higher. InDesign has a touch workspace that simplifies the tools and controls for touch-only work sessions. It can easily be workspace switched back to the full InDesign interface at any time.

Start and Recent Files workspaces

When you launch InDesign or when you close all InDesign documents, a new Start workspace is displayed. You have convenient access to your recently used files, CC Libraries, and Presets with the Start workspace. You can open the New Document and Open dialogs using the regular shortcuts Ctrl/Cmd + N or Ctrl/Cmd + O. If you have a document open, you can view the most recent files that you have worked on using the Recent Files workspace (Ctrl/Cmd + O, or Window > Workspace > Recent Files). Note: The above Recent Files workspace functionality is switched off by default.

CC Libraries enhancements

Add selected group to CC Library. Add multiple assets from the following CC library categories to a document or the corresponding panel: Colors, Character Styles, Paragraph Styles, Graphics. Right-click on the selected assets and choose the appropriate option from the right-click menu to add them to a document or the corresponding panel. Add Color theme as a group: Now add the Color themes from the CC Libraries as a color group in the Swatches panel. Add multi-selected CC library assets. Now right-click on multi-selected assets from the following CC library categories and choose the appropriate option from the right-click menu to add them to a document or the corresponding panel: Colors, Character Styles, Paragraph Styles, Graphics. Searching for assets in your Creative Cloud libraries: Just choose whether to search the current library or all libraries, and then type your search criteria. The results appear in the CC Libraries panel. Search Adobe Stock from CC Libraries Panel. You’ll see the same search results in the CC Libraries panel that you see on the Adobe Stock website. Download a preview or license an image. Edit Original: You can now edit images and graphics that are in your CC Library, no matter which Adobe application they are created in. Simply double-click (or right-click and choose Edit) any image or vector illustration, and Illustrator will launch with the asset opened for editing. Make your changes, then Save and the asset is updated in your CC Library, so the updated version is available in any Adobe application. CC Libraries linked assets. Graphic assets from CC Libraries (created in other applications such as Illustrator and Photoshop) can now be placed as linked or copied objects in InDesign. If a linked object is updated in the CC Library, the update is reflected in the InDesign document. However, in the case of copied objects, updates to the objects in the CC Library are not reflected in the document. The links to these placed graphics from CC Libraries will be displayed in the Links panel

Paragraph Shading

Fill color can be added behind paragraphs as part of a paragraph style with this new feature that also works with textframes that have rounded corners.

Images in Table Cells

Now when you place an image in a table, InDesign considers the cell an image frame. All frame and fitting options apply, making it much easier to create tables that include both text and graphics. You can drag or drop images into table cells, or place them using the content collector. Images can be placed inside empty cells by simply dropping them on the cells with the loaded place cursor or the content collector tool.

Print PDF Export viewing options

The Export Adobe PDF dialog now includes the ability to choose the View and Layout defaults.

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CC Libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries, now available in InDesign, allow you to organize, access and share creative assets, such as colors, type, brushes, and graphics. You can add character attributes as text styles. You can also copy your native InDesign library assets your Creative Cloud Libraries..

Welcome Screen

The 2015 release of InDesign CC has a new feature to help you discover, learn, use, and promote comprehensive use of features. The Welcome screen is a single location that displays content relevant to you. The screen is displayed each time you start InDesign, or when you click Help > Welcome. The Welcome screen displays InDesign-related tutorials, videos, Help content, and much more. A tab-based approach helps you find interesting content, be it on new features, getting started launch-boards, or nifty tips and techniques.

Version Conversion

You can now send documents to anyone using older versions of InDesign without extra steps like manually exporting to IDML. Compatibility is built right in, ensuring that your documents always open just as you would expect. If you open a document created in a newer version of InDesign and click OK in the following message, InDesign uses a Creative Cloud service to convert the document to the InDesign version that you are running. InDesign then saves the converted document back to your computer.

Create New Table

In previous releases of InDesign, to insert a table in a document, a user first needed to create a text frame and then insert the table within the text frame. This implied that if the current cursor was not inside a text frame the table menu options were disabled and users who were not aware of the workflow, were not able to proceed. To address this, InDesign now allows you to create a table without first requiring to create a text frame.

Ungroup Remembers Layers

In previous releases of InDesign, when a user selected multiple items from multiple layers and groups them, the group (containing the items) was created in the topmost layer. If the user chose Ungroup, the items did not move back to the layers where they came from - they remained in the topmost layer. The new Ungroup Remembers Layers feature addresses this pain point. The feature ensures that after ungrouping, all the items of a group are restored back to their original layers (the layers where they came from).

Print Current Page

Now you can print the current page in a document using the Print dialog. In addition,you can use the menus in the Pages panel to print a spread or range of selected pages. Previously, in the Print dialog, if you did not know the current page, you would first need to dismiss the dialog, determine the page, fire off the print command again, and then enter the correct page number in the appropriate field. Now, you can simply select the option to print the current page from within the Print dialog.

Color Themes panel

Adobe Color: Access all the Adobe Color themes you have created directly in InDesign. New Adobe Color themes panel - previously called Kuler panel. Quickly and easily access your Adobe Color themes. Regardless of where you created the color themes (in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Color web service, or Adobe Color app), access the color themes directly from within InDesign and apply immediately to your design projects. Access Color themes that you have marked as favorites.

Color theme tool

Extract color themes from your InDesign document. Extract color themes from any selected area, image, or object in your InDesign document using the Color theme tool. Save color themes to Adobe Color, which allows you to access them in other apps with Adobe Color integration. Add themes to the Swatches panel.

EPUB enhancements

Richer interactivity features for fixed layout EPUB are available in this release: Add more interactivity to your fixed layout EPUB, including slideshows, animations, trigger buttons, and more. Interactivity created directly in InDesign. EPUB Interactivity Preview: You can now preview the EPUB fixed layout output before exporting to an EPUB file. This feature is accessible from Windows > Interactive > EPUB Interactivity Preview. Reflowable EPUB enhancements: Hyperlinks and cross-references now supported, resulting in improved navigation. Ability to preserve the appearance from a layout in the EPUB files you create.

Typekit enhancements

InDesign now indicates whether font syncing is turned on or off in the Creative Cloud application. When turned off, you can use the option in the Missing fonts dialog to turn Typekit on.

Seamless Updates

Shortcuts and preferences are retained when you update to the latest version of InDesign, ensuring that you can easily and quickly get to work with the latest version. The InDesign preferences and presets from an earlier version are retained. You can also manually trigger local migration of presets and preferences from Edit > Migrate Previous Local Settings. Previous version settings are migrated from Creative Cloud in the following scenarios: No local settings are available for migration. No current version (10.0) settings are available on Creative Cloud. This ensures that you don’t have to change your settings every time you update InDesign CC. Once settings are migrated, make sure that sync settings is initiated for the current version so that all the latest settings are now stored in the cloud.

EPUB enhancements

In this release, InDesign provides support for Fixed Layout EPUBs. You also get control over adding epub:type markups. The enhancements made in this release also provide improved CSS support for table and cell styles. You can update metadata in the fixed layout and reflowable layouts, in addition to, configuring the exported outputs in the Viewing Apps tab. Fixed Layout: InDesign now supports this format that is interesting and interactive. This format is used widely for children's eBooks and for complex non-fiction like cookbooks and textbooks. Unlike standard eBooks, fixed layout eBooks retain the same page layout and design, as their print book counterparts. You can export your InDesign document to a fixed layout EPUB format. You can control the way the layout would appear on a digital reader using this feature. Select File > Export > EPUB (Fixed Layout) from Save as type, to explore this format. Customizable object width and height in CSS: You can now customize the height and width of an object in a CSS file in the Object Export Options dialog box (reflowable layout only). New EPUB type markup: A new EPUB type helps improve the accessibility of components in EPUB export design. This new epub:type (Object Export Options > EPUB and HTML) helps you define the elements in a publication and design the intended reading order for the reader of the EPUB file. Writing improved CSS for table and cells styles: Table and cell styles now get mapped appropriately to the CSS. If a table is not used, InDesign creates no unnecessary CSS files. Metadata: You can update the file info or metadata of your InDesign file and the same EPUB data gets populated in both Reflowable/Fixed Layout tabs. Viewing Apps (Export): A Viewing Apps tab has been introduced in both Reflowable and Fixed Layout EPUB export options. Viewing Apps displays the applications that you can configure to open or view the EPUB files. 

Table improvements

As part of enhancements to tables in InDesign, you now get the ability to simply drag-and-drop table rows and columns from one position to another within the same table. Select the rows you want to copy or duplicate, hover over the selected rows, a unique cursor indicating that the selection can be moved is displayed. The item row can be simply dragged and dropped (or copied with an 'Alt' key pressed). You can also copy the contents from header and footer rows to body rows (by pressing Alt/Opt key). Likewise, body rows can also be duplicated and converted to header and footer rows. 

Color Groups

You can now create and manage color groups in InDesign. Simply create Color Groups from the Swatches panel through the new Color Group icon or from the flyout and context menu. You can also share the color groups with another application using Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) files. For example, load color swatches from another project in Illustrator. 

Find Previous

In previous InDesign versions, users could only search in forward direction. It meant that if you skipped over an item too fast and wanted to go back, the only way was to complete the find operation and start over again. This workflow has been improved now. The Find/Change dialog in InDesign now has two search direction buttons - Forward and Backward. As search forward is enabled by default, you can switch to Backward to reverse the flow of the search. The new functionality helps you search strings in Text, GREP, and Glyph tabs.

Behance integration

Showcase and discover creative work on Behance. As a member, you can create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it widely and efficiently. Or, explore the latest creative work on a global scale by browsing featured or popular work across fields. You can upload spreads as work-in-progress to Behance directly from within InDesign. Spreads are converted to images and shared on Behance for review and feedback. At a time, you can upload only one spread from InDesign. To share a complete document, you can share as many times as the number of spreads in the document. Each spread goes as a separate upload and posting on Behance. 

Improved Packaging

From this release, you get the ability to include a PDF and IDML file in any package created from InDesign for individual documents. An InDesign package now includes INDD, linked files, fonts, IDML, and a PDF (Print).

QR code data merge

Now, you can place a data source containing a QR code in a merged document. The QR code workflow is integrated with the merged document. The following types of QR code can be linked via data merge in InDesign documents: Plain Text, Web Hyperlink, Text Message, Email, Business Card. If you’re creating business cards for multiple people (in an organization, for example), you can use data merge. If you want to add a QR code, you would have to manually create a QR code for every unique business card. With this new update to data merge, you don't have to create a QR code manually for each card; the QR code can be automatically created during the data merge.

Footnote enhancements

You can now apply textwrap to an anchored or floating object that is part of a footnote. This enhancement works on both rectangular and non-rectangular text frames. If a floating object (not anchored or inline) on which textwrap is applied interacts with footnote text, text wrap takes effect.

HiDPI for Windows

InDesign now supports HiDPI for Microsoft Windows across a wide variety of DPI display settings. You can view sharp and clear User Interface elements, visually appealing under various scaling factors. HiDPI support enables the display of text and complex artwork in greater clarity, and in colors and hues that are more vibrant.

Scalable effects

Earlier, transparency effects applied on an object in InDesign did not scale with the object. Now, all effects get applied. Effects such as drop shadows properly scale as you change the scale of an object or text. With the new Scalable Effects feature, an option to scale the transparency effects while scaling an object has been added in the Control panel and Transform panel flyout menus. You can activate scaling using this option.

Tool Hints panel

As part of modernization, the Tool Hints panel has been converted from Flash technology to HTML5. This panel (Windows > Utilities > Tool Hints) displays information about tool name, toolhint, and tool icon of the selected tool. It was earlier APE (Flash) based extension, the panel is now a CEP HTML5 based extension.

Background Tasks panel

The Background Tasks panel (Window > Utilities > Background Tasks) is used to monitor the progress of ongoing background tasks. It also allows the user to cancel an ongoing background task. This panel was earlier APE (Flash) based and has now been converted to run on the drover User Interface technology.

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Typekit Desktop Fonts

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. 

Hyperlinks enhancements

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: 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. 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. 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. 

EPUB enhancements

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. 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. 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. 

Other enhancements

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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Opening a newer version document

You can now receive and immediately open documents sent by anyone using a different version of InDesign CC without extra steps like manually exporting to IDML. Compatibility is built right in, ensuring that your documents always open just as you would expect. If you open a document created in a newer version of InDesign CC and click OK in the following message, InDesign CC uses a Creative Cloud service to convert the document to the InDesign CC version that you are running. InDesign CC then saves the converted document back to your computer. 

InDesign CS5.5

Articles panel

Articles provide an easy way to create relationships among page items. These relationships are used to define the content to export to EPUB, HTML, or Accessible PDFs; and to define the order of the content.

Linked stories

Adobe InDesign CS5.5 linked stories makes it easier to manage multiple versions of the same story or text content in the same document.

Object Export options

Object export options are used to specify export parameters required when you export to different formats such as EPUB, HTML, or accessible PDFs. Object export options are applied to both text frames and graphic frames, as well as groups. Object export options are specified to individual objects or groups and can override the global export settings. Choose Object > Object Export Options.

Map styles to export tags

The Paragraph and Character styles have a new subfeature—Export Tagging. Export Tagging lets you define how text with InDesign styles should be marked up in HTML/EPUB or in the tagged PDF output.

Integration with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

To create richly designed, interactive publications for tablet devices, InDesign includes Folio Builder and Overlay Creator panels. You can use these panels to create digital publications called folios.

Improved EPUB and HTML export

InDesign CS5.5 contains a re-engineered EPUB and HTML export solution that offers several improvements to the EPUB export workflow. Some of the features: General export options: Define book margins, use article order to specify reading order. Image export options: Define image resolution PPI settings, size, and added support for PNG images. You can also specify image alignment settings, space before and after images, and insert page breaks. Content export options: Break document by paragraph styles, enhancements to footnotes, remove soft returns. Audio and video tags in HTML: Placed audio and h.264 video files are enclosed in HTML5 <audio> and <video> tags. An increasing numbers of hardware and software vendors now support HTML5 audio and video tags. J-language features: Support for vertical text and Ruby characters. Added support for sublists: Sublists formatted using the InDesign auto-bullet and auto-number features are represented as nested ordered and unordered lists. Table headers and footers: Table headers and footers are exported to EPUB and HTML. Table of contents: InDesign table of content is now included in the EPUB export instead of the NCX manifest. Publish date: Publish date metadata value is automatically inserted. Other data such as author and keywords, that you provide using the File > File Info are also exported to the EPUB file

PDF Enhancements

Support for PDF/X-4:2010 has been added. PDF/X-4:2010 is identical to the earlier PDF/X-4:2008, except that it relaxes certain restrictions on how layers can be specified in the PDF. This change allows InDesign CS5.5 to allow creating layers in the exported PDF, and provides PDF 1.6 compatibility. Apart from layers support, PDF 1.6 also allows JPEG2000 compression as an option for the color and grayscale images. If you earlier used PDF/X-4:2008 to certify files that you sent to printers, don’t expect any changes in your workflow.

Drag and drop anchored objects

You can now drag an existing object into a text frame to anchor it. Drag the blue square near the top right corner to the location you want to anchor it to. Shift-drag to make inline object. Alt-drag to open dialog.

Better PDF tag support

Create accessible PDFs for Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or other software such as screen readers. InDesign automatically adds tags for the following: Tables and nested tables, lists and nested lists, footnotes, and hyperlinks.

PDF enhancements

Support for PDF/X-4:2010 has been added. PDF/X-4:2010 is identical to the earlier PDF/X-4:2008, except that it relaxes certain restrictions on how layers can be specified in the PDF. This change allows InDesign CS5.5 to allow creating layers in the exported PDF, and provides PDF 1.6 compatibility. Apart from layers support, PDF 1.6 also allows JPEG2000 compression as an option for the color and grayscale images. If you earlier used PDF/X-4:2008 to certify files that you sent to printers, don’t expect any changes in your workflow

InDesign CS5

Multiple page sizes

You can define different page sizes for pages within a single document. This feature is especially useful when you want to manage related designs in one file. For example, you can include business card, postcard, letterhead, and envelope pages in the same document. To create multiple page sizes, use the Page tool to select a page, and then change the settings in the Control panel.

New Layers panel

The new InDesign Layers panel is now more similar to the Illustrator Layers panel. Each layer has a disclosure triangle that can be expanded to reveal the objects and their stacking order on that given layer for the active spread. By default, new page items are given generic names such as <rectangle> and <path>. You can give any page item a custom name by click-pause-clicking the item name in the Layers panel. You can change the stacking order of objects by dragging items in the list. The Layers panel also lets you show or hide and lock or unlock individual page items.

Custom page sizes

Instead of editing a text file to create custom page sizes, you can use the Custom Page Size dialog box to make custom page sizes available when you create documents.

Simplified transformations

InDesign includes several new selection and transformation features that simplify manipulating objects.

Content grabber: The content grabber appears as a circle when you hover over an image using the Selection tool. Use the content grabber to select and move the content of a frame with the Selection tool still selected. This behavior effectively replaces that of the Position tool, which is removed from InDesign CS5. If you rotate the content with the frame, a horizontal line appears in the center of the content grabber. This line mirrors the rotation angle of the content. The content grabber draws over each frame that is part of a group. Use the Selection tool to reposition content within a frame that is part of the group. If you don’t want the content grabber to appear when you hover over an image, choose View > Extras > Hide Content Grabber.

Double-click Frame edge highlighting: InDesign now temporarily draws the frame edges as you use the Selection tool to hover over items on a page. This method makes it easier to find the item you want before you select it. The color of the frame edge drawn matches the color of the layer the object is on. Groups are drawn with a dashed line. This feedback is especially helpful when working in Preview Mode or with Hide Frame Edges selected.

Path and point highlighting: When you hover over a page item with the Direct Selection tool, InDesign displays the path and display the path points. This feedback makes it easier to view the path point you want to manipulate. You no longer have to select the object with the Direct Selection tool and then select the path point. You can simply drag the point you want.

Rotate: As in Illustrator, you don’t have to switch to the Rotate tool to rotate a selected page item. With the Selection tool, you can simply position the pointer just outside a corner handle, and drag to rotate the item. When you stop dragging, the Selection tool remains the active tool.

Transform multiple selected items: You no longer have to group multiple items before you can resize, scale, or rotate them with the Selection tool. Simply select the items you want to transform, and you see a transformation bounding box around the selected items. Dragging a handle resizes the selected elements; holding down Shift resizes them proportionally. Holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) scales them. Holding down Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Command+Shift (Mac OS) scales them proportionally. Including Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) performs the transformations from the center of the selected objects.

Live Screen Drawing: In InDesign CS5, you see the content draw as you drag it. In previous InDesign versions, you pause before dragging to see the content draw. You can change the Live Screen Drawing setting in Interface preferences to use the previous behavior.

Favor the selected object: If you select one of several overlapping page items and begin dragging, the selected object remains selected. To select a different item, simply click a portion of that different item that is not overlapping or intersecting the currently selected item.

Live Distribute: When transforming multiple selected objects, InDesign CS5 lets you proportionally resize the space between the selected items instead of resizing the actual items.

Reordering of the Transformation Tools: The Rotate, Scale, and Shear tools appear under the Free Transform tool in the Tools panel. You can rotate, resize, and scale objects without having to switch from the Selection tool.

Gap tool

The Gap tool provides a quick way to adjust the size of a gap between two or more items. The Gap tool is a one-step way to adjust your layout by directly manipulating the whitespace.

Paragraphs that span or split columns

In InDesign CS5, you can make a paragraph span multiple columns without creating separate text frames. You can also split a paragraph into multiple columns within the same text frame.

Keep with previous

The Keep Options dialog box now has a Keep With Previous option that keeps the first line of the current paragraph with the last line of the previous paragraph.

Balanced columns

The Balance Columns setting in the Text Frame Options dialog box lets you automatically balance text across columns in a multiple column text frame.

Vertical justification in non-rectangular frames

In previous versions of InDesign, applying a non-rectangular text frame causes vertical justification settings to be ignored. In InDesign CS5, you can apply both vertical justification and corner effects and other irregular-shaped frames.

Live corner effects

Click the yellow square that appears near the upper right corner of a selected frame to apply corner effects to rectangular frames. In addition, you can now apply a different corner effect and a different corner radius to each corner.

Swatches in Control panel

You can apply swatches to objects directly in the Control panel. Select an object and choose the swatch from the Fill or Stroke menu in the Control panel. You can also drag the current color swatch displayed in the Control panel and apply it to other objects.

Grid place enhancements

When placing multiple files, simply start dragging, and then use the arrow keys to change the number of columns and rows of the placed images. While dragging, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) and press arrow keys to change the gutter space.


Select the Auto-Fit option so that the image is resized automatically whenever you resize the frame.

Drawing multiple frames in a grid

When using frame creation tools such as the Rectangle or Type tool, you can press arrow keys to create equally spaced frames.

Duplicating objects into a grid

You can create a grid of objects while dragging a copy of a selected object.

Live captions from metadata

In InDesign CS5, you can generate captions based on image metadata using a number of methods. You can generate captions while you place images by turning on the Create Static Captions checkbox in the Place dialog box. You can generate captions from placed images. First, use the Caption Setup dialog box to identify which metadata is included in the image. Then choose an option from the Object > Captions menu to generate either a live or static caption. You can add a text variable to a text frame that display the metadata of the image that touches or is grouped with the text frame.

Mini Bridge

Mini Bridge is a subset of Adobe Bridge that is available as a panel within InDesign. Mini Bridge lets you navigate your file system and preview files as visual thumbnails without having to leave InDesign. You can drag-and-drop files from Mini Bridge to InDesign as an alternative way to place files into a document. Doing so loads the dragged images into the place cursor, just like dragging from Bridge. You can also drag selected items into Mini Bridge to create snippets.

Improved Adobe Bridge integration

InDesign CS5 and Adobe Bridge CS5 are more integrated in two ways: Page Thumbnails: A new File Handling preference option lets you generate page thumbnails for more than the first page of InDesign files. The default number of pages to generate thumbnails for is set to 2, but you can change it to 1, 2, 5, 10, or All. You can now see previews of the pages within an INDD file in the Preview pane of Bridge. Choosing more thumbnail pages may cause your InDesign document to take longer to save. View Links in an InDesign File while in Bridge: You can view the links inside an InDesign document while in Adobe Bridge, without having to open the document in InDesign. For example, suppose that you don’t remember the location of an image, but you remember placing it in an InDesign document. In Adobe Bridge, navigate to the InDesign file, and then display thumbnails of all the placed files contained within the selected InDesign file.

Interactive documents and presentations

FLV and MP3 import: You can import video files in Flash Video format (.FLV and .F4V), H.264-encoded files (such as MP4), and SWF files. You can import audio files in MP3 format. Legacy media file types like QuickTime (.MOV), .AVI, and .WMV are still supported. However, use FLV, F4V, MP4, and MP3 formats to take full advantage of the rich media support offered in the most recent versions of Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash Player. Use Adobe Media Encoder to convert older media file types to .FLV.

Media panel: The Media panel lets you preview SWF, FLV, F4V, MP4, and MP3 files directly in InDesign. For FLV, F4V, and MP4 files, you can choose any frame in the video as the placeholder poster image. You can choose which video playback controls you want the viewer of your interactive document to have. The Media panel lets you create navigation points, which are time-code markers that you can target with button actions.

Motion presets: The Animation panel lets you assign a motion preset to any page item as a way to quickly create an animation. These motion presets are the same motion presets found in Adobe Flash CS5 Professional. Furthermore, InDesign can import any custom motion preset created in Flash, enabling InDesign and Flash users to collaborate to create animation effects.

Animation panel: Use the Animation panel to create or edit animation effects. You can edit supported animation attributes such as Position, Scale, Rotate, and Opacity. Save any custom animation created in InDesign as a custom motion preset that can be shared with others. Use the Animation panel to specify when an animated object is played, such as when the page is loaded or clicked.

Timing panel: Use the Timing panel to change the order of when animated objects play.

Object States panel: Use the Object States panel to create multiple versions of an object. For example, you can create a single page object with 20 different states, and each state contains a different photo. Anyone who opens the PDF or SWF file can click forward and back buttons to browse the photo gallery.

Preview panel: In InDesign, you can preview interactivity and animation of the current selection, the current spread, or the entire document using the Preview panel. You can also test interactive elements in a web browser.

Pixels as unit of measurement: You can now specify Pixels for your unit of measure in Preferences > Units & Increments. You can override the current unit of measure by adding “px” to your values in edit fields in the Control panel, dialog boxes, and other panels. When using pixels, objects and X/Y coordinates snap to whole pixel values, and the line weights listed in the Stroke panel also change to pixels.

Convert URLs to hyperlinks: Use the Convert URLs To Hyperlinks command to search the current selection, story, or document for URL strings and convert them to hyperlinks. You can also assign a character style to the found URLs.

Improved export to Flash Player

SWF file export can now include animation, video, audio, and remote rollovers. In addition, several new options let you control the final SWF file output.

Improved export to Flash Professional

InDesign CS5 exports to FLA format rather than XFL format for editing the file in Flash Professional. FLA export options support rich media content and offer more ways to handle text.

Improved export to Interactive PDF

InDesign CS5 includes separate commands for exporting print and interactive PDF files. InDesign CS5 exports all rich media content to the Rich Media Annotation Layer when exporting to Interactive PDF, resulting in more reliable playback in Adobe Reader. For best results, video files must be in FLV or F4V format and audio files must be in MP3 format. A few new options are available when exporting to interactive PDF, including initial view options, presentation settings, and page transitions.

Improved XHTML export

Exporting to XHTML is a way to extract your content out of an InDesign document and hand it over to a web developer who can repurpose it using a web application such as Dreamweaver. InDesign CS5 enhancements include the ability to match the attributes of InDesign text formatting, preserve local formatting, and control the order of content. InDesign Tables are now assigned unique IDs, allowing them to be referenced as Spry data sets in Dreamweaver.

Improved JPEG export

The Export JPEG dialog box includes several new options, including the ability to specify the color space, use document bleed settings, and simulate overprinting.

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