InDesign CS4 New Features

with Anne-Marie Concepción
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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.

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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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