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I think it's kind of funny that Adobe spent some time in supporting even more file formats in InDesign CS6. I mean the program already supports just about everything known to man--text and GIFs and JPEGs and movies and QuickTime and Photoshop-native files, Illustrator- native files. I could go on forever. But now we have two new file formats that we can work with: one is RTFD and the other one is PNG. RTFD stands for Rich Text Format Directory, and there is, basically as far as I know, only one program on the planet that can save out as our RTFD, and that is the Mac OS X program called Text Edit.
You can't really save out from Windows to RTFD and you can't really open anything in Windows from RTFD, but you can place the RTFD into InDesign. So, what is an RTFD? It is essentially an RTF file, Rich Text Format file--I think we are all familiar with that--that also has images, because with an RTF file in Text Edit, you can choose to attach files, which will actually be saved with this file kind of like a PDF portfolio. And then it's one file, but inside, it's got a bunch of files.
And also you can use drag and drop images right from the Finder right in here. It's pretty neat. So I've got one already. I have saved it in the Exercise folder and I also have it on my desktop, called brochure intro.rtfd. And the idea is, here is the text with the logo, and here in InDesign, I am the designer waiting to place this. And so the writer who has a Mac is working on this, and they might say, "You know, this text looks a little small. Let me make it a little larger." So it's, you know, a pretty well equipped little word processor here, and I think maybe I will make this bold and italic.
So I'm going to save it and close it, and I will go over to InDesign and we'll place it. So I go to File > Place, and there it is on the desktop. Now the RTFD itself you can't open our place, but notice that when I select it, it automatically gives us a peek at the contents. An RTFD file is divided into at least two files. One is the text itself. So if I select it, our friendly little preview window will show us the text we were working with. And then the rest is all the attachments.
You can include movies, pictures. Even PDF files can all be placed into an RTFD file. First, let's place the text. Let's grab that, and I am going to keep Show Import Options on. So it's the usual RTF Import Options. Just click OK. There is the text. Let's now get that graphic. So I will go to File > Place again or press Command+D or Ctrl+D, get that JPEG. Not many options here. Place that. There it is, Just a JPEG that's got a white background.
That is a new file format that you can import, and now the other one that actually could be more useful to people is the ability to export to PNG. So we know that we can export graphics already to EPS and to JPEG, but now if I select a graphic and go to File > Export, another option is PNG. And what's so great about PNG? Well, PNG is a web format that's also used in tablet publishing and other places. What makes it better than JPEG is that PNG supports transparency.
So if I want to use this selected graphic and I want it to be transparent, just like it appears here--I think this was the native Illustrator file that I placed-- and I want to be able to retain the transparency when I use it in another InDesign document or you know, I am going to send it to our web developer, then I want to export it as PNG. So we'll call this flower.png and click Save, and we get the little dialog box with our options. Now I just want to export this selected thing, so I am going to remember to keep Selection turned on; otherwise, it's going to export the entire page as one big PNG.
So, be careful of that. Down here under Image Quality, I want it maximum at 300, and remember to turn on Transparent Background if that's what you want, and then click Export. Now let's turn right around and place that PNG file. I pressed Command+D. There is flower. That looks pretty. Show Import Options. We do want to use the transparency information, and then just click Ok. If we just place it and then bring it over here, you can see that it is definitely transparent.
So two new file formats: RTFD and PNG.
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