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InDesign CS6 New Features
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Understanding flexible layouts


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InDesign CS6 New Features

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Understanding flexible layouts

A major thrust or goal of InDesign CS6 is making our life easier, by making it easier to be flexible with the different layout projects that we're working on. If you're doing any kind of publications, you must be flexible and nimble in this market. So if you're doing a catalog for print, for example, like here we have a student catalog that's going to be printed, we might also want this to be available on the iPad for people to download, we might want to put it on a Kindle, we might want to make an interactive PDF, and up until now, to do that kind of work, you'd have to create multiple InDesign documents and copy and paste, and if you updated text in one, you have to update it in all the other ones, and so on.
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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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InDesign CS6 New Features
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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.

Topics include:
  • Working with the Conveyor tool to link objects and map styles
  • Applying Liquid Layout rules
  • Using flexible columns
  • Creating auto-sized text frames
  • Accessing recently used fonts
  • Fitting frames to more types of text content
  • Exporting to EPUB 2 and 3 using new controls
  • Inserting HTML and Edge content into a layout
  • Creating a PDF form with interactive text, radio, and checkbox fields
  • Mapping text styles in linked objects
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign EPUB
Author:
Anne-Marie Concepción

Understanding flexible layouts

A major thrust or goal of InDesign CS6 is making our life easier, by making it easier to be flexible with the different layout projects that we're working on. If you're doing any kind of publications, you must be flexible and nimble in this market. So if you're doing a catalog for print, for example, like here we have a student catalog that's going to be printed, we might also want this to be available on the iPad for people to download, we might want to put it on a Kindle, we might want to make an interactive PDF, and up until now, to do that kind of work, you'd have to create multiple InDesign documents and copy and paste, and if you updated text in one, you have to update it in all the other ones, and so on.

Now, you saw in a previous video how you can now link content between different documents or between pages in the same document. So that is one way that we're moving toward a more flexible kind of workflow. That kind of concept of linked objects actually is just part of the whole environment that InDesign CS6 is in, when it comes to flexible layouts. In addition to linked objects and linked content, we also have alternate layouts. We have something called liquid layouts and liquid layout rules.

We have auto resizing text frames. So the idea is that you would create a starting layout by spending a few minutes with the objects here. You can then easily create different versions of that layout or renditions for different output devices. So I know there are a lot of different concepts that are combined and that work together in this whole goal of creating what we call flexible layouts, and in this chapter, I want to talk about a couple of the major new features in InDesign CS6 that contribute to this: alternate layouts and liquid layout rules.

In this first video, I'm just going to give you the overall concept so you understand what I am talking about, and then we'll dive in to each one of these in specific detail in different videos in this chapter. So what is an alternate layout? An alternate layout is simply an alternate of a single page, or any subset of pages, or all the pages in this document, that are saved in the same document. If I wanted to do a second version of the cover, for example, I wouldn't have to do a Save As and create a whole new document of just the cover; I could actually embed it right here in this document.

So to create an alternate layout, I can go to the Layout menu and choose Create Alternate Layout, or I can come right here in the Pages panel and choose Create Alternate Layout. When I create an alternate layout, I can give it a name. I can give it the size. Let's say that I just want to have the same exact size, I just want a different look to it. So I will just call this Cover1, and we're going to use this, the original layout, as a source page. And I still want it to be Landscape. It is a tabloid page.

By the way, I've changed some of the settings in this dialog box, and I will be talking about the settings in later videos, but if you're following along with your own files, just change your settings to match. I am going to leave all of this as is and just click OK. But first, I am going to say I only want page 1, so I just put a colon and then the number of the page. Otherwise, it will create an alternate layout of the entire document, which is often what you want if you're doing an article for a magazine that's going to be on a tablet. So if we resize this a bit, you can see there is Cover1.

So here is the original and Cover1. And so in Cover1, we can say oh, you know what, we don't want--let's look at it in normal view, and we'll get rid of some artwork. Let's see. I think I will just do something like this, get rid of that, and that. There you go! So now we have two versions of the cover. So I will size it, and then you can see there's Cover1. There's original. And you can move these alternate layout names around. You can make as many alternate layouts as you want.

We could create another one that is maybe smaller. So I could say I want another one that's actually letter size, but I still want it to be landscape. And we'll call this Cover3. And now because I didn't specify a page, it just made an alternate layout of the entire document, and there is my letter-size page at the top. And so I'd come to this page and then I could manipulate the items on this page, just as though while working in a separate document.

But notice that the text frames are linked, because that was one of the settings when I created an alternate layout. So if I edit any of the text in the parent frame here, that's going to automatically cause the other ones to be out of date, and I can update them. Now, when I created that alternate layout, the last one that's a letter-size-- let's take another look at that-- obviously it's not fitting. If you look at this in Preview, a lot of it was cut off. But one thing that I could have done that I didn't when I created that was I could have applied what's called a liquid layout rule.

And that means telling InDesign what to do with the elements on this page when I tell it to create another page that's a different size. You maybe familiar with Layout Adjustment which still exists in CS6, but liquid layout rules are like the big brother, and I have a better example of what I mean. Here we have a brochure from the graphic design department at Roux Academy, and it is laid out as a horizontal brochure. Let's zoom in a little bit. So it's one page with some color blocking, graphics, and so on.

And let's say that we want it to look like this, a vertical one. So this is what we have in mind. I just did this so you could picture it, but we want to do a letter-size brochure that looks like this. Now, to change the orientation, we can go to the File menu and choose Document Size, or we can just use the Page tool. The Page tool was introduced in CS5, you may remember. So if I select the Page tool and now I just change the orientation from landscape to portrait, it doesn't do much good; it sort of looks like what a layout adjustment might look like.

The elements are still here and I still have a lot of work to do. But here's another example of the brochure that is in horizontal, and here I've done a little bit of work to it with some liquid layout rules. So let's take a look at that. If I go to the Page tool, here you see Liquid Page Rules. And I am going to be going over all of these in the upcoming videos. But this one is Object-based and now with this one, if I go ahead and switch it to portrait, the objects look much closer than the other one did.

So we're trying to get to this. So if I ended up with this, then all I'd need to do is--let me switch to Normal mode--we could move this over, and get this out over here, move this text frame over here, and maybe widen it a little bit, like that, and here it was, what we're trying to get to. Now, let's go back to the original version of my landscape brochure that was prepped, so I am going to choose Revert. And this is what it looks like in Preview, just one page.

Now, these two things, these two concepts can be combined: alternate layouts and liquid layout rules. This time, instead of doing a version that's called vertical, I am just going to make an alternate layout in this document that is vertical. So I will say Create Alternate Layout. So I will just accept letter V. I want it to be vertical. But look at here, look at Page Rule. I could combine these two new features-- alternate layouts and liquid layout rules--so that when I create an alternate layout that is a different size of the page, InDesign will help me along by manipulating the objects there according to the liquid layout rules that I have set. And again, I am going to go over these in detail in other videos in this chapter.

Let's just click OK, and there it is. So now I can see one right next to the other, and I can edit both of them in the same document and the stories are linked as well. Now that you've seen an overview of where Adobe is going with liquid layout rules and alternate layouts and combining them, let's take a look at each one of these aspects in detail in other videos in this chapter.

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