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Adobe InDesign has transformed into InDesign CC, a sleek 64-bit application with an ever-evolving toolset. But how do these changes impact designers? In this course, get an insider's take on the new feature set and performance enhancements that ship with the latest update to Creative Cloud. Author Justin Seeley reviews the most compelling features in InDesign, including HiDPI and retina display support, the modern dark interface, EPUB enhancements, and QR code generation.
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One of the more basic things that we do, almost every single day as InDesign users, is create files. And the process for creating files has actually been the same for quite some time now. However, in the latest update to Adobe InDesign, the new document dialogue box sees some significant changes, an we're going to explore that in this movie. I'm going to go up to the File menu and choose New, and select Document. You can also get to there by pressing Cmd or Ctrl > N on your keyboard. When you first open up the New Document dialog box, you're not going to immediately notice what has changed in here, but there are some subtle things that make some really big differences. First, and foremost, is going to be the Live Preview button, at the bottom left of the screen.
If I check this box, you'll notice that an actual document is created directly behind my new document dialogue box. As I make changes to this, for instance if I select something like Digital Publishing, and I select something like an iPad, the screen automatically changes in the background to show me exactly what this document's going to look like. I can change the orientation. I can also change the presets. Something like iPhone, or Kindle Fire. I can make any of these changes that I want, and the Live Preview updates in the background.
I can also make custom changes to this. So if I wanted this to be something like, 630 pixels, wide. That's okay, it makes an adjustment automatically for me on the fly. You'll also notice, as I do that, that I see Custom appear in the top for the Document Preset and also for the Page Size. So, if I'm doing this for a specific device, maybe it's some sort of specialized device, I could then set this up as its own Preset. And I now have the ability to Save that Preset using this button right here. So, I could save this Document Preset as something like Mobile Device, for instance, and hit OK. Once I do that, I now have a new document preset called Mobile Device. If I ever need to navigate back to it I can just choose that from the drop down list.
If I switch back to default it goes right back to the default letter document preset that we started off with. So again inside of the new document dialogue box I really think this is a great lead forward because we get a live preview of what the document's going to look like, all parameters. Columns, margins, bleeds, slug, whatever it is, everything's going to show up and give you a full preview of what it looks like before you ever create the document. And then you also have the ability now to save any custom presets that you want as a document preset, and then instantly jump back to that any time you want Inside of this Dialog Box. It's going to save you time and going to save you some headaches when you're setting up new Documents.
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