One of the features of InDesign CS6 that will be
a key time-saver: Recent fonts are placed
at the top of your fonts list.
InDesign CS6: The best
gets even better
THOSE WHO KNOW ME—and those of you who have attended any of my presentations in the past dozen years or so—know I’m an absolutely unabashed fan of InDesign.
I’ve often stated: “InDesign is a choice…Quark is a chore.” I’ve also characterized those who use Quark as “dinosaurs…and the meteor is on its way!”
Those comments may seem brash but time and again Adobe’s InDesign team comes up with more and better ideas to make the software work easier and faster for newspaper designers.
InDesign CS6, recently released, is no exception. Here are some of the reasons why:
RECENT FONT LIST: Finally! Someone at Adobe took pity on those poor page designers who have to keep a bazillion fonts in their computers, just so they can import ads to pages without a hassle. The recent fonts list may be considered a minor upgrade to most InDesign users, but this is a big deal for my many small newspaper clients. For them, it will mean no more wasted time finding those five or six fonts (you can list up to 12 either alphabetically or chronologically by use) they work with on deadline. Over the course of a week, this can save them hours of searching and frustration.
MULTIPLE PAGE SIZES: This will be very useful to those of you who are in a tabloid configuration and want to create a special advertising or editorial package in your centerspread. It’s a cinch: all you do is create another master page and place it where you want it in your document.
SPLIT SCREEN: Working on a detail on your front page and want to see how that’s going to affect the rest of the page? Not a problem. Just use the split screen function and you can work on a very tight magnification on that pull quote on the right-hand page, while watching (at a lesser magnification) how it’s going to change the design of the package on the left page.
ALIGN TO KEY OBJECT: Select one element as your “key object,” and you can have all others align to it. This is a great help, for example, when trying to align a batch of mug shots of graduating seniors on a page. Another time saver.
LINKED CONTENT: Those editors and designers who work on multiple editions are going to love this one. With linked content active, changes that are made to a story can be updated to other versions of the same story—even across separate documents.
ALTERNATE LAYOUTS: This will come in very handy for those who want to take a design and redo it for the web. With this feature, you can create two or more layouts in the single InDesign file. The advantage is that you can use other features like Liquid Layout (following) to keep the content current in all versions.
LIQUID LAYOUT: The new feature will cut the time it takes to rework your pages for different sizes. If you’re thinking of taking an ad from a broadsheet to a tab, for example, Liquid Layout can help you turn the trick.
There are other new features to the new InDesign—lots of others. More than can be detailed here. But those I’ve outlined are more than enough for you to look seriously at upgrading to the new InDesign CS6. The best is, well…even better.