Adobe InDe­sign CC 2017

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InDe­sign CC 2017 is Adobe’s first full ver­sion num­ber up­grade since InDe­sign CC 2015 three years ago. The improvements will be wel­comed by users who use ad­vanced OpenType fonts, use a Retina dis­play, cre­ate foot­notes, or open doc­u­ments from a net­worked file server.

OpenType en­hance­ments

Although InDe­sign sup­ported many ad­vanced OpenType fea­tures in pre­vi­ous re­leases, the con­trols for those fea­tures were deeply hid­den in far-flung sub­menus at­tached to menus that are ac­cessed from pan­els that may not be open.

Glo­ri­ously, they are now brought into the full sun­light of InDe­sign’s doc­u­ment in­ter­face.

To ac­cess ad­vanced OpenType fea­tures such as al­ter­nate char­ac­ters, frac­tions and stylis­tic sets, all you have to do is click on the tiny ‘O’ badge that ap­pears be­low a se­lected text frame or se­lected text. Here’s how it works.

One char­ac­ter:

To see al­ter­nates for a se­lected char­ac­ter, se­lect only that char­ac­ter. Hover over the se­lected char­ac­ter to see its al­ter­nates ap­pear be­low the char­ac­ter. Click on an al­ter­nate to ap­ply it.

Frac­tions and Or­di­nals:

To change the for­mat of a typed frac­tion such as 3/4 or 5/8 to a true frac­tion, se­lect the typed frac­tion and click on the ‘O’ badge. Its true frac­tional form will dis­play and you can click it to ap­ply it. Use the same tech­nique for or­di­nals such as 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Se­lected text:

To see al­ter­nates for a se­lec­tion of text, se­lect the text. Click the ‘O’ badge to see that text with var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of al­ter­nates. Click on any com­bi­na­tion of al­ter­nates to ap­ply them.

Se­lected text frame:

To see all the al­ter­nate op­tions for the text in an en­tire text frame, se­lect the text frame and click on the ‘O’ badge. Click on any com­bi­na­tion of al­ter­nates to ap­ply them.

Stylis­tic Sets:

Font de­sign­ers of­ten cre­ate pleas­ing com­bi­na­tions of al­ter­nates for you and col­lect them into what’s known as a stylis­tic set. To see the stylis­tic sets avail­able for all the text in a se­lected text frame, click on the ‘O’ badge at the bot­tom of the text frame. (If the de­signer as­signed names to the sets,

those names will ap­pear; oth­er­wise, the sets are sim­ply num­bered.) To ap­ply a stylis­tic set, choose it from the list that dis­plays.


The new GPU Per­for­mance fea­ture can im­prove im­age pre­view qual­ity and the doc­u­ment pre­view qual­ity dur­ing zoom­ing and pan­ning, if you have a Mac that sup­ports a Retina dis­play and the Mac has at least 1MB of VRAM. (Sup­ported Macs in­clude the iMac 4K, iMac 5K, MacBook Pro Retina, Mac Pro con­nected to a HiDPI mon­i­tor, and Mac mini con­nected to a HiDPI mon­i­tor.)

If your sys­tem meets th­ese re­quire­ments, InDe­sign ren­ders your doc­u­ment us­ing the GPU in­stead of the CPU and sets the Dis­play Per­for­mance to High Qual­ity. To en­able and dis­able this fea­ture, click the rocket icon at the top of InDe­sign CC 2017’s Op­tions bar shown in the fol­low­ing screen shot.

When you click the rocket icon, InDe­sign dis­plays the GPU Per­for­mance pref­er­ences win­dow shown op­po­site.

In our test­ing with GPU Per­for­mance en­abled, graph­ics of all file types dis­played more clearly than they did with GPU Per­for­mance dis­abled. Pan­ning and zoom­ing was also smoother. How­ever, PNG files were slightly jagged com­pared with the same files viewed in QuarkXPress 10 or higher, as were ro­tated PSD and TIF files.

In pre­vi­ous ver­sions of InDe­sign, if you opened a doc­u­ment stored on a net­work server rather than from your com­puter’s hard drive and then you dis­con­nected from the net­work for any rea­son, InDe­sign would crash. Now InDe­sign caches your doc­u­ment to your lo­cal drive so that you can work with the doc­u­ment even if the net­work crashes. When the net­work comes back, the ap­pli­ca­tion in­vis­i­bly re­con­nects to it. If the net­work doesn’t come back, you can save your doc­u­ment to your lo­cal drive.

Foot­notes en­hance­ments

In pre­vi­ous ver­sions of InDe­sign, if you in­serted a multi-col­umn span­ning head­line in a multi-col­umn text frame, foot­notes from text above the head­line would ap­pear im­me­di­ately above the head­line in­stead of at the bot­tom of the col­umn of text.

In ver­sion 2017, you can force those foot­notes to ap­pear at the bot­tom of the col­umn. To change this set­ting for an en­tire doc­u­ment, choose Type > Doc­u­ment Foot­note Op­tions. To ap­ply this set­ting to only the se­lected text frame in­stead of the en­tire doc­u­ment, choose Ob­ject > Text Frame Op­tions > Foot­notes > En­able over­rides (span or not).

File for­mat changes

Be­sides the up­dated fea­tures de­scribed above, this up­grade uses a new doc­u­ment file for­mat that can only be read by users of ver­sion 2017 or higher How­ever, this shouldn’t be a big is­sue for most users be­cause Adobe’s sub­scrip­tion model al­lows sub­scribers to down­load the most cur­rent ver­sion any time.

To share 2017 doc­u­ments with users of InDe­sign CS4 through 2015, a 2017 user can choose File > Save a Copy and then choose ‘InDe­sign CS4 or later’ from the For­mat menu. This saves a copy of the doc­u­ment in IDML for­mat.

Mac­world’s buy­ing ad­vice

While the im­proved fea­tures are lim­ited in scope, InDe­sign users will ap­pre­ci­ate this up­grade if your doc­u­ments use foot­notes or you open doc­u­ments from a net­worked file server. If you have a Retina dis­play, you’ll en­joy the far bet­ter graph­ics pre­views. And all users will en­joy ex­plor­ing the long-hid­den ad­vanced fea­tures of some OpenType fonts.

InDe­sign’s GPU Per­for­mance Pref­er­ences win­dow lets you con­trol how the GPU Per­for­mance fea­ture works, see your com­puter’s graph­ics card, and learn more about this fea­ture at Adobe’s web­site (cir­cled)

Hover over the GPU Per­for­mance icon in InDe­sign’s Op­tions bar (cir­cled) to see the sta­tus of this fea­ture. Click it to open the GPU Per­for­mance pref­er­ences win­dow

Th­ese are the ad­vanced OpenType op­tions for the text in the Warnock Pro font used in this text frame. InDe­sign help­fully shows pre­views of some of the al­ter­nate glyphs

Th­ese are the ad­vanced OpenType stylis­tic sets avail­able for the text in the Adios Pro font used in this text frame. InDe­sign help­fully shows pre­views of some of the al­ter­nate glyphs

The Warnock Pro OpenType font has an al­ter­nate swash glyph for the ‘d’ in the se­lected text. It can also ap­ply true small caps to the se­lec­tion

Con­vert­ing typed frac­tions to true OpenType frac­tions (left), and con­vert­ing or­di­nals (right). Be care­ful when con­vert­ing sev­eral or­di­nals po­si­tioned next to each other. As shown here, InDe­sign can get con­fused and re­vert the se­cond or­di­nal char­ac­ter...

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