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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.
I know whenever I upgrade an important piece of software one of the first things I do is do a quick scan of the menus, toolbars, and panels to see what new toys are there for me to play with. And of course you can always go to your workspace and choose New in CS6 and then anything highlighted in special colors you can explore. But if the tiniest little tweak was made to something here, then it gets colored, and so it's a little difficult for me to spend all day trying to figure out what's new with each one of these.
So I like to include a movie that just shows you, to me, what are the major new tools and new panels in the program. And of course I'll be talking about all of these in detail in other movies in this title. But for a quick tour, let's start over here on the left, at the toolbar. These first three tools, actually first four tools, are still the same. If you have skipped from an earlier version of InDesign, you should know that we have a Page tool that lets you change the size of pages, and we have a Gap tool that lets you manipulate gaps in between objects.
But what is new in CS6 is this tool right here called the Content Collector tool, whose shortcut is B. And if I click it once, I get this other thing called the Conveyor. And I'll be talking about the Conveyor toolset in a chapter in this video. That is actually the only new tool, is right here, the Content Collector tool, in the toolbar. Now, if you create a new document--I'll go to File > New > Document--you'll see that a subtle change right here, it's no longer called Master Text Frame. It's called Primary Text Frame. And there is an important difference.
Your master pages will still act the same as before from your current documents, but when you create new documents with the Primary Text Frame, they have special new abilities, which I devote a movie to later. And then we have in Intent. We still have Print of course. Yay! And we have Web as before, but we have a new one called Digital Publishing, and let me show you the difference. If I say I'm going to create a new document for the web, then the page sizes appear in pixels, and if I clicked OK, the swatches would be in RGB, and so on.
If I choose Intent > Digital Publishing, everything is still in pixels, but look at the Page Size, which I thought was interesting. They have the size for iPhones, iPads, Androids, and so on. I don't know if that's the right path to follow to design for certain pixel sizes, but that's what they decided to do. You may be wondering, well, why is Letter and A4 in here? Actually, Letter and A4 is in there for Web as well. Apparently that has to be there. Something has to be in those categories, according to their underlying programming.
But let's go back to Print. I'll just go ahead and create a new document. Let's get off of the Content tool. For the most part, you are not going to find any huge differences in menu items, but I will call your attention to the Layout menu, because we have two new very powerful new features called Alternate Layouts and Liquid Layouts, and I'll be talking about these two features in depth in upcoming videos. What is missing here is Layout Adjustment, and you can get to Layout Adjustment in a couple of different ways.
One of them is from the Margins and Columns dialog box. You can turn on Enable Layout Adjustment. And when I talk about Alternate Layouts and Liquid Layouts, I'll be showing you another way that you could get to it, along with the settings for Layout Adjustment in the Pages panel. Now, Liquid Layout also has a panel devoted to itself. So if you go to the Window menu and go down to Interactive, you'll see Liquid Layout, which is kind of interesting to me, because you can use Liquid Layouts for more than just interactive things.
Think of it like Layout Adjustment on steroids. So if you're ever changing the page size for any document, you might want to use Liquid Layouts. And as I said, we'll be talking about that in more detail, but for now, just known that if you can't find the panel, look under Interactive. Under the Object menu, we have this very interesting new command called Insert HTML, and I have a video on it. But if you select it, you'll see that you can actually insert HTML and it will render right here in the document. I am going to cancel out of there.
In Object > Text Frame Options--let me quickly drag out a text frame and go to Text Frame Options. Now, this is not new. Obviously this has been around forever. But look over here. Next to Baseline Options we have another panel called Auto-Size, because now you can set your text frames to automatically change their size as you add or remove text. That's very cool! And yes, I'll be covering that in a video on new text abilities later on in this title. Let's take another trip back to the Object menu. And down here in the Interactive flyout menu--oh, look at these.
They are dim now because I don't have the right tool selected. But you can design your forms in InDesign, including the fields themselves. So you can create your check boxes, your list boxes, your signature fields, text fields. This is really cool. And I have a chapter devoted to showing you how to use these new tools as well, in InDesign. So that's under Object > Interactive, all of the forms-building buttons. In the View menu, if you come down here under Extras, you'll see the ability to hide the Conveyor, and that was that weird panel that opened up when you choose any of the Content Collector tools.
This is called the Conveyor. So you can actually close it, or you can always have it hidden, and that's what that command is for. And I'll be talking about that, again, in an upcoming video. One other new feature that I talked about in a previous video, up here under Extras, is called the Link Badge, and that's the little tiny link that appears on any placed image. And that's a shortcut for you to jump to the Links panel entry for that object. And you can choose to hide the Link Badge, like I know a lot of people choose to hide the Content Grabber or hide the Live Corners, or all of those other cool little adornments that can adorn frame edges.
Finally, you'll see a couple of new panels and new commands in the File menu if you have installed the optional DPS, or Digital Publishing Suite, tools. If I go to the Window menu, you'll see that I have Folio Builder and Folio Overlays. And if I switch to the workspace which everybody will have called Digital Publishing, I can see my panels there as well: Folio Overlays and Folio Builder. When you just install InDesign out of the box, you only get the Folio Builder panel.
When you first open up the Folio Builder panel, there will be instructions on how to download the latest version of the DPS tools, which will install the latest version of Folio Builder, Folio Overlays, and it will also add a couple of commands to your File menu called Folio Preview and Folio Preview Settings. Now, I'm not going to be teaching how to use the DPS tools in this video, but as I'm showing other new features, if you happen to say, oh, how come she has Folio Preview and I don't, I'm just giving you a heads-up now: it's because I installed those optional features.
InDesign, out of the box, is still completely able to create all sorts of great new documents. You do not need to install those if you don't want to, but I just want to show you where they appear when you do install them. So that's it for our short tour of one of the most significant new tools and menu items and panels in InDesign CS6.
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