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InDesign CS4 New Features

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Welcome

Provides a comprehensive explanation of new features, including time-saving tips and workarounds for typical publication workflows.
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  1. 2m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 34s
    2. Using the example files
  2. 36m 9s
    1. Getting familiar with the new interface
      8m 39s
    2. Working with tabbed windows
      6m 22s
    3. Exploring the new workspaces and panels
      5m 13s
    4. Navigating with Power Zoom, Speed Scroll, and gestures
      4m 54s
    5. Using new file formats
      11m 1s
  3. 18m 41s
    1. Working with the Smart Cursor
      4m 34s
    2. Using Smart Guides to align objects
      7m 39s
    3. Using Smart Guides for dimension, spacing, and rotation
      6m 28s
  4. 12m 8s
    1. Auto-flowing text with Smart Text Reflow
      4m 20s
    2. Using Smart Text Reflow with any story
      7m 48s
  5. 40m 6s
    1. Developing multipurpose layouts with conditional text
      7m 6s
    2. Creating conditions and applying them to text
      7m 51s
    3. Applying conditions quickly and creatively
      10m 37s
    4. Making images and frames conditional
      7m 43s
    5. Combining conditional text with Smart Text Reflow
      6m 49s
  6. 30m 54s
    1. Discovering the new features in the Links panel
      5m 38s
    2. Customizing with panel options
      11m 21s
    3. New commands in the Links panels
      13m 55s
  7. 17m 42s
    1. Using Auto-Fit to place images
      3m 27s
    2. Placing via Contact Sheet Cascade
      6m 46s
    3. Reviewing updated image commands
      7m 29s
  8. 37m 55s
    1. Getting familiar with cross references
      6m 22s
    2. Creating cross references
      12m 24s
    3. Cross-referencing multiple documents
      7m 25s
    4. Customizing cross reference formats
      11m 44s
  9. 29m 4s
    1. Creating nested line styles
      4m 39s
    2. Dynamic GREP styles
      11m 0s
    3. Editing tables in the Story Editor
      7m 27s
    4. Working with rotated spreads
      3m 6s
    5. Creating styles on the fly
      2m 52s
  10. 45m 30s
    1. Creating hyperlinks with the streamlined Hyperlinks panel
      10m 52s
    2. Creating interactive buttons with the new Buttons panel
      11m 37s
    3. Creating page transitions for PDFs and SWFs
      5m 55s
    4. Exporting layouts to SWF files
      10m 16s
    5. Exporting layouts to XFL (editable Flash format) files
      6m 50s
  11. 23m 52s
    1. Checking and correcting layouts with Live Preflight
      6m 27s
    2. Creating and sharing custom preflight profiles
      9m 50s
    3. Generating preflight reports
      4m 45s
    4. Preflighting a book
      2m 50s
  12. 17m 19s
    1. Finding support in the InDesign community
      5m 30s
    2. Using the Adobe Kuler panel to share swatches
      4m 20s
    3. Sharing your InDesign screen on
      7m 29s
  13. 31s
    1. Goodbye

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InDesign CS4 New Features
Video duration: 0s 5h 12m Intermediate


InDesign CS4 New Features is much more than a list of what has changed since CS3. Anne-Marie Concepción provides a comprehensive explanation of major and minor differences, including time-saving tips and workarounds for typical publication workflows. She shows how to publish to editable or web-ready Flash files; use conditional text and cross-referencing features for structured documents; collaborate via Adobe online services like Kuler and; and much more. Example files accompany the course, plus a 12-page guide to the new IDML format.

Topics include:
  • Using the new workspaces, panels, and navigation options
  • Working with Smart Guides, the cursor, and text reflow
  • Placing images with Auto-Fit and the contact sheet cascade
  • Formatting text with dynamic GREP helpers
  • Refining layouts with live preflight
  • Finding support in Community Help


(Music playing.) Hi! I'm Anne-Marie Concepcion. And guess what? They've done it again. Adobe's put out a new version of InDesign with lots of new features to thrill and amaze you. If you are already an InDesign user this course, InDesign CS4 New Features, is just what you need to get up to speed on all the changes. Whether you're a print person, interactive designer, production editor, or just someone who likes to layout, there are powerful new features for you.

I cover all the new features, great and small, including the new file format, cross-referencing, conditional text and even exporting to interactive SWF files with just a click. I love teaching people how to get the most out of Adobe InDesign. I'm a longtime Adobe certified expert in the program as well as an Adobe certified instructor. With InDesign CS4, Adobe has taken care of both the little things like fitting images automatically when you place them or making the Links panel much more useful to big things, like Smart Text free flow and cross-referencing.

Even built-in screen sharing to show your clients what you are working on right from within InDesign. What you are about to see is one of the most comprehensive tutorials on the new features of Adobe InDesign CS4 with over 40, 40! Count 'em! 40! 40 videos to give you the tools to succeed and help you discover the new features that will turbocharge your workflow. So let's dig in and get to know the new features of Adobe InDesign CS4.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about InDesign CS4 New Features .

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Q: Is there a way to create an interactive table of contents in InDesign CS4 that would retain the hyperlinks after the file is exported, so that users could click in the table of contents and be taken to the corresponding chapter?
A: There are two methods to create a table of contents with interactive links in InDesign.

Method 1: Export a PDF and prompt InDesign to copy the table of contents into the PDF's Bookmarks panel. To have InDesign export the TOC as bookmarks, open the TOC dialog box and be sure to turn on the Create PDF bookmarks option before the TOC is placed in the document. When exporting to PDF, turn on "Hyperlinks and Bookmarks" in the PDF export options.  The PDF can be set to open with the Bookmarks panel displaying by default so users know the TOC links exist there. Go this in Acrobat's File menu > Properties > Initial View.

Method 2: You can create a page in InDesign that looks like a TOC and is linked to the interior document pages, but it must be built manually. First, generate the TOC and place it on the page in InDesign and format it. Then select each page number and replace it with a live cross-reference by going to Type > Hyperlinks & Cross-References > Insert New Cross-Ref. Select the destination text paragraph in the Cross-Reference dialog box, and choose the Page Number cross-reference format. Again, when exporting to PDF make sure to include hyperlinks.





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