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Adobe InDesign CS6 Editor's Review

There was a time page layout professionals focused mostly on print media work but in last decade things have changed drastically. Now the output options are no longer limited to paper and emergence of Smartphone, tablet and web have given artists and their target audience newer options. As a result, page layout applications have been overhauled to cater to the changing need of users. To keep pace with latest trends in digital publishing, Adobe has equipped its powerhouse page layout and design app InDesign with creativity-boosting enhancements and interesting features.

The previous two iterations of InDesign were applauded for their improvements and new features and with this version, Adobe carries forward the trend. The fantastic toolsets and flexible work environment of this app make things easier for veteran graphic artists and page designers. Unlike some of its cousins from stable of Adobe, InDesign still supports Microsoft Window XP with Service Pack 3 and later versions are also supported. For smooth operations, your PC will require twice of Adobe recommended minimum memory limit of 1 GB. It is a space guzzling app and pricing for this release is rather steep, though there are affordable upgrade options for existing users.

Adobe InDesign’s interface looks like that of typical page-design apps but there are subtle enhancements that make the difference. With the tweaking done by Adobe team, it will not be fair to say the app sports a cramped interface anymore! Toolbars and menus can be customized and there are preset workspace choices too. Like earlier two releases, Adobe still keeps focus on digital output aspects but in this version, ease of workflow has also been given importance.

Designers who make marketing materials often are aware how tedious the tasks may turn out to be. Earlier, you had no respite from work even after spending a fortnight creating perfect looking ad campaign or promotional brochure for an upcoming product range. It also needed to be turned into banners, smart phone app, posters and so on. To rescue designers from the menace of recreating same work for various layouts, Adobe has equipped InDesign with a powerful new feature called Alternate Layout. It does a near perfect job of changing layout for an existing project template with all content size adjustment done neatly. You can compare both version layouts by splitting screen.

While, Alternate Layout works fine and aids artists to replicate a project for different dimensional outputs, some tweaking and conversion issues still may arise. To take care of the conversion blues, there is another feature named Liquid Layouts. With it, you can set rules for moving contents from an existing layout to another. It will help you if your work involves making a layout for particular platform, like eBooks and then porting it to another. You can also set rules for InDesign to deal with specific objects. You can pick from 4 liquid page options- Guide-based, Object-based, Re-center and Scale. While the artists still need to tweak post conversion, this feature saves a lot of time. In fact, when you set specific Liquid Layouts rules, it produces better results for Alternate Layout!

Another mention worthy new feature introduced in this version of Adobe InDesign is Linked content. The name is kind of self explanatory and it lets you change assets shared across pages as well as documents. It is handy for busy design professionals who need to make changes across several documents often at the eleventh hour! This feature is applicable for contents like images, text and interactivity as well. It works on a parent child relation model.

The Content Collector introduced in InDesign serves both as object library and a pasteboard. It does resemble CorelDRAW Graphics Suite’s tray. It gathers assets for use at later times including logos, text boxes. You can take any content on a page and send it to collector and that can be used in another document without any problem. However, in one area Corel's tray proves to be one step ahead. It deals with online materials better. Corel also allows you to use and rename many trays while InDesign offers you just one.

Another new feature in InDesign is ability to make interactive PDFs. You can create elements like checkboxes and forms with ease. This nearly eliminates the need to work on compositions for PDF needs in Adobe’s Acrobat separately after completing work in InDesign. You can also export color documents as grayscale PDFs easily.

It is always appreciable when a new version of page layout app comes with text handling enhancements. InDesign scores in this segment as well. The recently used fonts appear on top of other fonts in list. It is a small but useful addition. The Align tool has also got some subtle enhancements. The auto sizing for text frames is a useful feature as well. The text frames now get resized in all directions so that the content fits properly.

With eBook market growing at an unprecedented pace, inclusion of EPUB export in the app is also commendable. The Adobe team has fixed some bugs to ensure EPUBs do not need much polish before publication. Importing and exporting features have also been enhanced to an extent. You can now choose to export page or part of it as a PNG with transparency enabled. Now, you can paste HTML content in the InDesign documents directly too.

Positive Points:
 -  Alternate Layout and Liquid Layout eases conversion to different outputs.
 -  Interactive PDF creation is really intuitive.
 -  Content Collector lets you re- use content efficiently.
 -  Balanced workface, less clutter.

Negative Points:
 -  Some features can be complex to use.
 -  Content Collector feature cannot match CorelDRAW's tray feature.
 -  New layout conversion features are no magical solutions.

Conclusion:
There is no page layout software that can be called perfect and same is true for Adobe InDesign. The latest version introduces some useful new features and that really eases workflow and help users save time. The noteworthy aspect about the app’s latest release is that it caters to every segment of design professionals, including those dealing with digital publishing. The interface looks similar but minute changes make workflow faster and smoother. Enhancements made in asset management and sharing deserve praise as well. There is room for improvements though. There is no denying usefulness of two of its features- namely Liquid layout and Alternate layout. These help users save time and make layout conversion smoother. However, they are no foolproof solutions for magical output into different layout. The Content collector, while useful, cannot match rival Corel’s tray functionality. Veteran page layout professionals and graphic artists, however, are likely to overlook these glitches and upgrade to the new version.

Rating: 3.5/5







Adobe InDesign CS6 Publisher's Description

Adobe® InDesign® CS6 software is a versatile desktop publishing application that gives you pixel-perfect control over design and typography. Create elegant and engaging pages for print, tablets, and other screens. Use Adaptive Design Tools to easily repurpose layouts to look great on a variety of pages sizes, orientations, or devices.

Features:

Use Adaptive Design Tools to easily repurpose layouts to look great on a variety of pages sizes, orientations, or devices. Improve productivity with recently used fonts, grayscale preview and split window.

Liquid Layout
Apply liquid page rules to automatically adapt content when you create an alternate layout with a different size or orientation in InDesign.

Alternate Layout
Efficiently create and design multiple versions of a layout for different devices and print needs, all within a single InDesign file.

Linked content
Link content within or across InDesign documents so that changes (including interactivity) made to the parent text or object are applied to all linked children objects.

Content Collector tools
Grab text and objects from an existing layout using the Content Collector. In a new layout, use the Content Placer to add items in the order you want them to appear.

PDF forms within InDesign
Create form fields directly within InDesign before you export to PDF. You can also assign the tab order in InDesign using the Articles panel.

Middle Eastern language support
Buy and update the Middle Eastern version of InDesign directly from Adobe for easier localization of global documents and enhanced functionality.

Split window
View two side-by-side layouts within the same document to compare the look and feel of the layouts and help ensure consistency.

Recently used fonts
Access fonts you use frequently. Recently used fonts appear at the top of the font list.

Persistent text frame fitting options
Set frames to grow with additional text, based on simple parameters. Expand and shrink frames automatically for headlines, callouts, or other variable content.

Grayscale preview
Preview your layouts in grayscale to see how they will look on a black-and-white device or when printed in black and white.

Key object alignment
Align selected items to a key object you define.

Hunspell dictionary enhancements
Access more than 100 open source dictionaries.

IDML support
Save in IDML format from the Save As menu to use the layout in an earlier version of InDesign.

Complex calculations
Calculate values in panels and dialog boxes using complex calculations (for example, 12.5p/2x3).

Enhanced split and span support
Keep lines together in paragraphs that split or span columns.

Interactive PDF exported as pages
Export an interactive PDF as pages instead of spreads.

Export to PNG
Export your InDesign document to PNG, a lossless format, for use on the web. You can export the entire document, part of the document, or individual items.

Enhanced zoom for linked objects
Zoom in to a linked object from the Links panel to evaluate it more clearly.

Extension set management
Enable or disable groups of extensions based on your current workflow.

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Publisher: Adobe Systems | License: Shareware | Price: 699.00
Version: 8.0 | Size: 900096 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 21-10-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Adobe InDesign CS6

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