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Exploring interface tweaks

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Video: Exploring interface tweaks

Let's gently enter the world of InDesign CS6 by a very interesting little video that just shows some of the subtle interface tweaks that the Adobe team has done with our friend, InDesign. If you're a longtime InDesign user, I think that as soon as you open CS6, the first thing you're going to notice is the upper and lower case of the panels. Look at that! Yay! It no longer says Pages, Layers, in all uppercase, yelling at you. So I'm really happy to see that. Also notice a couple of other interesting features about the panel dock.

Exploring interface tweaks

Let's gently enter the world of InDesign CS6 by a very interesting little video that just shows some of the subtle interface tweaks that the Adobe team has done with our friend, InDesign. If you're a longtime InDesign user, I think that as soon as you open CS6, the first thing you're going to notice is the upper and lower case of the panels. Look at that! Yay! It no longer says Pages, Layers, in all uppercase, yelling at you. So I'm really happy to see that. Also notice a couple of other interesting features about the panel dock.

If I click on the Pages tab to open it, now I can actually come here to the Pages tab again to close it. This is something that we had a couple versions ago, but then starting in CS5, they turned that off, and the only way that you could collapse a panel was by clicking the double arrows. So now, you can still do that, but it was just a natural thing to click the tab to close it as well. You'll see also we have a little grab bar at the top of each Panel group, so you can drag the Panel group by that drag bar. There you go! And we can put it back.

And when we open up a panel, we see another little grabber bar at the bottom of the panel, making it easier to enlarge. You don't have to come over here and try and get your cursor right over this grow bar here; you can just get this guy right here. What they forgot to do though was add one on the side, so it's still kind of a pain to get your cursor in the right exact place here. Ahh! There you go! I'll bring it out. But that's progress, right? While we're over here on the right- hand side, let me close this up and talk about the Application bar. The Application bar is the same as before except that they removed CS Live, which was a service that they dropped, that they announced a while ago.

And in the workspaces, we still have the same workspace switcher, but we are missing the workspace that was called Interactive. We still have Interactive for PDF, but the Interactive by itself workspace has been renamed to Digital Publishing. So Digital Publishing is the workspace that you would use to create tablet apps, like putting wired on the iPad or something. If you switch to Digital Publishing, you'll see that there are a whole bunch of the interactive panels here, but also the ones specifically having to do with digital publishing, or DPS, Digital Publishing Suite.

Now, you may not have both of these panels. You actually have to install a separate download called the DPS Update. When you go to Digital Publishing, you probably will only have Folio Builder and then you'll have a little link that says, "Please download the latest version," because they're still not installing it by default with InDesign. I've already gone ahead and installed this, and I'll be talking about this a little bit more in the next video when I talk about new tools and new panels. We are going to switch back to Essentials for now. Ooh, wait, let me show you one more thing about workspaces.

Here under Essentials, if you choose New in CS6, which is always a good way to learn the new features, and you start looking at the menus, you'll notice that some are in blue and some are in purple. What's that about? Well, this is actually something they started last version. The items in blue all have something new in CS6. The items in purple were from the previous version, CS5. So if you skipped an update, if you went directly CS5 to CS6 and you missed CS5.5, these things were modified in the last version, in 5.5.

I thought that was nice and helpful for them to do. I'll go back to Essentials here. Then let's go all the way over to the left and look at the toolbar. We have a couple of new tools that I'll be talking about in the next video, but the main reason I want to put your attention here is that if you happen to have an earlier version of InDesign installed, you should start it up and look at what they've done to the toolbar. It's very subtle, but they have redesigned it somewhat so that all of the tools, they are in a line. They all point the same way.

They used to point different directions. I think the Line tool used to go the other way, which I thought was kind of funny. They didn't tilt the Scissors tool for some reason. I am not sure about that one. Also, you might notice, because you're a graphic designer and you have an eye for these things, that as you move your cursor over the tools, we have lost the color overlay that used to appear, indicating which tool your cursor was on top of. It used to be subtle but very elegant. And I don't know why they dropped that. Maybe the person quit who was in charge of designing that; I am not sure. But that's gone.

Another tiny, little tweak is that the X in the title bar for closing the document used to be larger, with a circle around it, and apparently they had people complain about it, because now they've made it even harder to find, and it's a tiny little X to close the document. Now, in the document itself--and here I've just opened up one from the exercise files. You can open up any document, but open up one that has a placed image in it, because we also have another little interface change, and that is we have another icon or badge or adornment or affordance or whatever it is that you'd like to call the little doohickey that is sitting on top of a frame, we have a new one.

It's this little link icon. It will appear on any placed object in your layout. So anything that has an entry in the Links panel will have this little Link icon. And you can see from the tooltip-- let me put the cursor over it again-- that if you hold down the Alt key on a PC, or the Option key on a Mac, and click this, it will open up its entry in the Links panel. So I'll hold down the Option key and click, and boom, there is the link. So I thought that was kind of cool. Now, if you don't like all these little declarations on your frames, you can come up here to the View menu, go down to Extras, and choose Hide Link Badge, and that will make them all go away, and then they will just be normal. They're still placed.

They're still links of course, but you don't have to look at the cute little link icon anymore. But I'm going to turn it back on because I kind of like that. One final subtle little change has to do with the anchored object indicator that you see on different frames. Now, this was added in CS5.5. It's a little square at the upper right-hand side of most objects that lets you drag and drop to anchor this object in a text flow. And in CS5.5, when it was added, this was always blue; and in CS6, now it has been updated so that it matches the color of the frame. And the frame, as you know, is an indicator of which layer this object is on.

So if I look at the Layers panel, this is on the callout layer, which is colored orange, and that is why it's an orange frame. And now our little anchored object indicator is also orange. These are just little, tiny tweaks that I find interesting as a designer. What did the designers do at Adobe? So let's look at some of the other little bit more significant new features in InDesign in upcoming videos.

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InDesign CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 14m 23s
    1. Exploring interface tweaks
      6m 56s
    2. Examining the new tools and dialog boxes
      7m 27s
  3. 32m 41s
    1. Working with the Conveyer tool
      10m 7s
    2. Linking objects
      12m 11s
    3. Mapping styles
      10m 23s
  4. 50m 5s
    1. Understanding flexible layouts
      8m 16s
    2. Working with Alternate Layout
      12m 52s
    3. Understanding Liquid Layout rules
      7m 30s
    4. Using the basic Liquid Page Rule options: Scale, Re-center, and Based on Master
      6m 52s
    5. Applying guide-based Liquid Layout rules
      8m 10s
    6. Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules
      6m 25s
  5. 14m 51s
    1. Working with flexible columns
      3m 27s
    2. Auto-sizing text frames
      5m 28s
    3. Exploring the primary text frame
      5m 56s
  6. 8m 15s
    1. Accessing recently used fonts
      2m 9s
    2. Applying Keep settings to spans and tables
      2m 45s
    3. Fitting frames to different types of text content
      3m 21s
  7. 28m 27s
    1. Using advanced EPUB 2 export controls
      9m 12s
    2. Exporting an EPUB 3
      9m 16s
    3. Inserting HTML and Edge content
      9m 59s
  8. 28m 4s
    1. Reviewing the new Form tools
      7m 21s
    2. Creating and previewing a basic form
      14m 40s
    3. Testing the form in Acrobat
      6m 3s
  9. 21m 24s
    1. Aligning selections to a key object
      2m 17s
    2. Using Save As to create a file for earlier versions of InDesign
      1m 40s
    3. Retaining table headers and footers
      2m 58s
    4. Importing RTFD and exporting to PNG
      4m 38s
    5. Using smart math in fields
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting interactive PDFs as pages
      1m 9s
    7. Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs
      2m 22s
    8. Using the new world language support
      4m 7s
  10. 1m 6s
    1. Next steps
      1m 6s

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