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InDesign CS5 New Features

with Anne-Marie Concepción

Video: Balancing columns

Here's another way that InDesign CS5 makes our lives easier when we're laying out documents. And that is with the new Balance Columns command. Again, this only applies to single text frames that are set up in multiple columns, sort of like how the new Span Columns command only applies to multiple-columned single text frames. So here we have an example on the left. I'm going to hide Guides just by choosing Hide Guides up here so that we can see for sure how this is working. Now this is a two-column text frame. And you can see how it's uneven at the bottom.
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  1. 4m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. The differences between InDesign CS4 and InDesign CS5
      3m 0s
    3. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 22m 48s
    1. Working with the Selection tool
      9m 54s
    2. Learning the live corner effects
      4m 11s
    3. Working with the enhanced Layers panel
      5m 57s
    4. Using Auto-Fit to set images
      2m 46s
  3. 40m 51s
    1. Exploring Mini-Bridge
      12m 59s
    2. Using the Gridify technique
      5m 0s
    3. Working with the Gap tool
      4m 24s
    4. Using Live Distribute
      1m 42s
    5. Getting into Live Captions
      8m 50s
    6. Mixing page sizes with the new Page tool
      7m 56s
  4. 19m 55s
    1. Working in Presentation mode
      2m 51s
    2. Understanding document-installed fonts
      5m 53s
    3. Using multithreading for faster PDF exports
      3m 0s
    4. Managing tracked changes in a document
      8m 11s
  5. 8m 4s
    1. Spanning and splitting columns
      6m 8s
    2. Balancing columns
      1m 56s
  6. 26m 20s
    1. Creating documents with interactive features
      7m 59s
    2. Using the new Preview panel
      6m 51s
    3. Exploring new FLA export options
      6m 19s
    4. Using the Export to Interactive PDF command
      5m 11s
  7. 11m 1s
    1. Using the Media panel
      6m 58s
    2. Creating and using navigation points
      4m 3s
  8. 23m 36s
    1. Animating objects with the Animation panel
      8m 57s
    2. Creating and editing motion presets
      5m 16s
    3. Controlling animations with events and actions
      4m 24s
    4. Managing multiple animations with the Timing panel
      4m 59s
  9. 9m 55s
    1. Creating multistate objects with the States panel
      6m 10s
    2. Navigating states with button actions
      3m 45s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Watch the Online Video Course InDesign CS5 New Features
2h 47m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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Author Anne-Marie Concepción gives a comprehensive demonstration of the latest features in Adobe InDesign CS5, including desktop publishing tips, workarounds, and practical applications of each feature. InDesign CS5 New Features covers creating interactive documents, tracking text changes with Word, a number of object selection and transformation enhancements, and the ability to mix page sizes. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding spanning heads over columns and splitting columns
  • Using the revamped Layers panel
  • Editing and customizing motion path presets
  • Adding interactive features
  • Controlling and managing multiple animations
  • Mixing page sizes in a single document
  • Publishing to a variety of Flash formats using the enhanced Export dialog
  • Creating multi-state objects
  • Using the new Gap tool and Gridify techniques
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Anne-Marie Concepción

Balancing columns

Here's another way that InDesign CS5 makes our lives easier when we're laying out documents. And that is with the new Balance Columns command. Again, this only applies to single text frames that are set up in multiple columns, sort of like how the new Span Columns command only applies to multiple-columned single text frames. So here we have an example on the left. I'm going to hide Guides just by choosing Hide Guides up here so that we can see for sure how this is working. Now this is a two-column text frame. And you can see how it's uneven at the bottom.

Let's zoom in a bit to fit this better. Now, there are some people and some workflows where this is completely forbidden. You would either have to fill out the text with additional text to bring it all the way to the bottom or you'd have to do things like find a good breaking point and pressing the Enter key or something to try and even up the text. Let me delete that, alright. But what we can you instead in CS5 is simply select the entire frame with the Selection tool and then go to Text Frame Options in the Object menu and turn on this wonderful little command called Balance Columns.

Let me turn on the Preview command so we can see what it does immediately. Look at that. So it just evens up the text as much as it can. Apparently, we have an odd number of lines, and it keeps it that way. So we're going to click OK and then I'll just go ahead and select some text here and copy it. Then I'll click here and paste. And you can see how it just resets the paragraphs to keep it as even as possible. So it's pretty neat. That's called the Balance Columns command and again that's in the Text Frame Options. You can include that in an Object Style.

So if I select this text frame and Option+ Click or Alt+Click on New Object Style command, you can see that under Text Frame General Options, we have the Balance Columns command. So you can just make that part of your style for all of your multi-column text frames.

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