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Using multithreading for faster PDF exports


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InDesign CS5 New Features

with Anne-Marie Concepción

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InDesign CS5 now supports multithreading. Multithreading is a technical term that means if you have a modern computer that uses more than one processor like the Dual- Core or Macintoshes or Quad-Core PC, those kind of things, that's kind of like having multiple computers in one. When you're doing something that really needs a lot of computing power that's what's called Processor Intensive, if the program supports multithreading, it can say okay, let this processor take care of this job and then I'm going to return control of the document to the user using this other processor.
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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

Using multithreading for faster PDF exports

InDesign CS5 now supports multithreading. Multithreading is a technical term that means if you have a modern computer that uses more than one processor like the Dual- Core or Macintoshes or Quad-Core PC, those kind of things, that's kind of like having multiple computers in one. When you're doing something that really needs a lot of computing power that's what's called Processor Intensive, if the program supports multithreading, it can say okay, let this processor take care of this job and then I'm going to return control of the document to the user using this other processor.

And Photoshop CS4, which is you can imagine really relies heavily on processor intensive tasks for when it's doing things with these huge Photoshop files, it's been taking advantage of multithreading since CS4. CS5 is the first time that InDesign has taken advantage of it. It's not quite so critical in InDesign, we don't do a whole lot of things that really force the processor to crunch away at something. But there is one thing in InDesign where it is great to be able to offload the process to a processor, and that is exporting big files to PDFs.

You can see this happen in CS5 with whenever you choose Export to PDF, which I'm going to do right now really quickly with this document. I'm going to choose PDF Presets. I'll choose High Quality Print and just save it anywhere you'd like. I'm just going to save this right on to the Desktop. Click Save and see if you can tell what's different after I click Export. This is different. Look, I can immediately go to work. I don't see any progress bar here that sort of freezes the screen and prevents me from doing something.

It immediately hands off PDF exports to one of the other processors, assumming you're using one of those kinds of computers, which you very most likely are. Now you can actually see this at work through a new panel in InDesign. If you go to the Window menu, go down to this new Utilities category at the bottom, and choose the panel called Background Tasks. Well, let's go ahead and export this to PDF and let's see what happens there. So I'm going to choose PDF Presets again. We'll just do exactly what we did before. I'll call this 2 so it doesn't yell at me. Click Export.

You'll see that it appears here in the Background Tasks panel telling me the progress. So this is where you would cancel a PDF Export. Then the Alerts panel is just, if there is some sort of system problem like say it's running out of memory or something. This has nothing to do with preflighting like there is overset text or you're using RGB images. So that has nothing to do with preflighting, alright? It just has to do with system stuff. Well, let's say that I went ahead and exported this guy to PDF as well. All right.

And Export and then that appears. So they can all queue up here. So the support for multithreading means that we don't have to wait around for that progress bar anymore when you export files to PDF.

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