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InDesign CS6 is dedicated to improving workflow, document distribution, and flexibility. This course provides in-depth exploration of the new features in InDesign CS6, showing not just where they are and how to use them, but also tips, workarounds, and practical applications of the features. Author Anne-Marie Concepción introduces the Liquid Layout tools and Alternate Layouts for creating flexible layouts for both print and digital publishing; the enhanced tools for creating and updating linked objects within and between documents; the Content Collector and Content Placer tools; and the introduction of EPUB 3. The course also covers creating interactive PDF forms, using the new primary text frame, previewing and exporting color layouts to grayscale, and utilizing the new production aids such as aligning selections to a key object and using smart math in panel fields.
Here is a nice little feature in InDesign CS6 that makes working with type a little bit easier, and that is it now has a recent fonts list. You can see the recent fonts in the Type menu, go to the Font menu, and these are the fonts that I used recently, a la Microsoft Word. How about that? You can also see them, if I select the Type tool, at the top of this list. So if, let's say that I am editing this type and I'd think I like the change the first line to, let's say Bank Gothic > Medium-- oh, yes, that looks very classy. I like that.
Then we go to the Type menu and we see Bank Gothic and Myriad Pro. Apparently, I am using both here. Now your list of recent fonts stays active, even after you quit the program, and as you test new fonts, like in a new document--I'll put a new document up here just for fun, drag out a frame and then let's try Apple Casual, baby. This is casual. And then we go to the Type menu > Fonts, you see Apple Casual has been added.
You might wonder about what order they're in. They're not really chronological, because I know when I was testing this, I used Myriad Pro and then later I used Calibri and just now used Apple Casual. But if you do want to have some sort of power over the order of your recent fonts list, you can go to Preferences, which on my Mac is under the InDesign menu and on a PC, under the Edit menu. Go to Preferences. Let's just start out in General, under Type Options, down here next to Font Preview Size, which has been here for ever, in this field you can choose the number of recent fonts to display, up to 50 different fonts. And it is the main typeface; it doesn't include all the styles. So, Myriad Pro is one and then all the different styles for Myriad Pro still come as one.
And you can choose to sort the recent fonts list alphabetically. Let's go ahead and do that. So they are now sorted alphabetically, and let's try it again. Up to Type menu > Fonts. Ah! Some order, that's what I like. So the recent fonts list, a nice interesting little feature in InDesign CS6.
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