And you can now turn off optical margin alignment for individual paragraphs. Table and cell styles make table formatting easier to apply and change. Style groups help you manage the many styles a complex document can have. Nested styles—a way to apply a series of styles within a paragraph based on rules you specify—can now repeat rules, making them more flexible. They can even attach scripts to menu options and other interface elements so the scripts run automatically when users choose a menu option or click on a button.
The Glyphs panel now shows recently used special characters, providing easier access to them. And helping to ease the importing process, InDesign CS3 lets you set the defaults for how graphics are fit to frames. The automatic bulleting and numbering feature has been enhanced to support these features in Microsoft Word and to provide more control over bullet and number formatting and positioning.
And you can override nonprinting layers in the Print dialog box, so you no longer have to cancel the print job first. There are dozens of similar improvements, all of which are useful to at least some users. But a few enhancements are still partly baked. For example, you can now add nonprinting notes to text, using a feature that was previously part of the InCopy workgroup editing add-on program.
Similarly, InDesign can now set up layouts for use by InCopy users; previous versions required that you buy your own copy of InCopy to do that. But that also adds more interface elements to wade through.
This is likely a bug, as the Open Recent option in the File menu returns after I opened a file, but the previously opened files no longer appear in the menu. Still missing No program is ever complete, it seems. Assuming the products are the same in the U. Now you can. By setting up two conditions—U. If you enable the U. The fourth major new specialty feature is the ability to export InDesign documents to Flash format.
Actually, to two Flash formats. FLA file format. I see few uses for publishing a SWF version of a layout, other than to get print-like viewing of your documents on the Web or to create a slideshow directly from an InDesign layout, though you could use InDesign to design a SWF for Web viewing from the outset. But the XFL export capability has broader utility. Almost every object in the exported InDesign document can be manipulated in Flash Pro, so you can take a complex, print-quality document and take it to a whole new level by applying Flash animation and programming features to whatever objects you wish.
The Flash export does have some odd limits, though, such as not retaining hyperlinks and stripping out video and audio objects. And the workflow is one-way: If you change your InDesign file, you have to re-export to Flash and then redo the Flash work in Flash Pro to conform with the overall programming of the Flash project.
InDesign lets you create preflighting profiles in which you specify what to keep an eye out for lower left by checking the appropriate options. As you work, InDesign keeps a running tally of violations, and the Preflight panel upper right lets you delve into the details of each one —and even jump to each offense in your layout.
Interface and under-the-hood changes Adobe usually plays with the user interface at each release, and InDesign CS4 is no exception.
This time, most of the changes are fairly minor. For example, the controls for expanding and closing panels have been moved further away from the control to open flyout menus, reducing the chances of clicking the wrong one.
And panel names are now all caps which are a bit harder to read, at least for my middle-aged eyes. But a few interface tweaks are more pronounced. Of these, the use of tabbed panes for document windows is the biggest change.
The tabbed approach means you can now have multiple documents even Story Editor windows open at once and not worry about them obscuring each other. But InDesign also supports the previous interface style, so you can switch between them as you prefer. Several controls, such as the View and Zoom controls, have moved to the new application bar, which groups together menus and controls into one section of the window. This takes up more screen real estate, but makes them easier to find.
Introduced in InDesign CS3, workspaces are collections of panels, with the idea that you can create your own workspaces to present just the panels you commonly use for a specific task. So a copy editor might want the various styles panels, the Index panel, the Cross-Reference panel, and the various tables panels to display in the dock, while a layout artist may want the Pages, Swatches, Links, Styles, and Preflight panels to display in the dock.
With workspaces, you can save these sets and easily switch among them. InDesign CS4 comes with several predefined workspaces, with the Essentials workspace being what appears when you first use it. But the Essentials workspace presents a stripped-down set of panels, way fewer than a professional or even an amateur would use. So, at first blush, InDesign seems to have few abilities. So at least all the menu capabilities are available in the Essentials workspace.
And once you switch to a useful workspace, that choice sticks until you change it again. My continued beef is that this oversimplification is unnecessary. InDesign CS4 comes with several predefined workspaces, with the Essentials workspace being the default. But this workspace presents a stripped-down set of panels, way fewer than most people would use.
Version Cue operates pretty much as it has before, despite a welcome change that has its folders look like network drives to the user, so they are easier to work with. The change is that the separate Version Cue version of the Open and Save dialog boxes is gone. That simplifies the user interface considerably; the Version Cue management features that had resided in those dialog boxes are now centrally provided in Adobe Bridge instead and via the Adobe Drive application, which you access by right-clicking in the Finder and choosing Adobe Drive CS4 from the More contextual menu.
Either way, you can set up projects and connect to Version Cue servers, so you can access and work with Version Cue-enabled files as if they were on a shared drive. At this writing, Version Cue has been disabled because of bugs found just before Creative Suite 4 shipped, according to Adobe.
Nor does the new version extend the program into new areas, as InDesign CS2 did with its bevy of additional text-management functions. InDesign CS3 will grow on you as its improved utility becomes more obvious in day-to-day work. The new docks keep the layout window inside of them, so there are fewer objects to overlap your document window, and the ability to collapse panels previously called palettes into small icons on the dock really frees up space. And thanks to a new glyph-oriented pane, the new dialog box also makes working with special symbols effortless. Designers will also like the expanded special effects features, which invokePhotoshop-style effects such as Bevel and Emboss and Inner Shadow. Publishers of specialty documents such as catalogs and research papers will get a lot of use out of the new Text Variables feature.