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PDF comment import
Now when you create a PDF, comments added to the file can be imported back into the app for review.
Now when you change the size of your document, your text and graphics reconfigure automatically.
A new, more intuitive interface makes it easier than ever to access the right controls, right when you need them.
Automatically resize and fit images to remain in focus with a new feature powered by Adobe Sensei technology.
We all want to see whiz-bang features added to InDesign, but sometimes the really important changes are ones that you just can’t see. Before we get to the cool new stuff, here are some under-the-hood changes that are sure to improve your day-to-day experience with InDesign.
Squash those bugs!
InDesign is a big product with a big audience. No matter what you use it for, you’ve likely encountered a bug or two along the way that stopped you in your tracks and forced you to come up with a workaround of some kind. Thankfully, the InDesign team has been tracking these and working diligently to fix them! InDesign 2020 contains a long list of bug fixes to address crashes related to things like IDML import, GREP searches, cross-references, anchored tables, and CC Libraries.
Just as important as bug-fixing is improving app performance, and I’m happy to report that InDesign 2020 offers some significant improvements in that area that are sure to make your work easier. One such enhancement is in text. In previous releases and in certain situations, it was common to be typing away in InDesign only to be forced to sit and wait for the display to catch up. This version promises faster text composition when working with vertical justification in frames, balance columns, and span columns.
In addition to overall performance improvements, Adobe has also worked hard to stamp out sources of document corruption that have resulted in lost work for some users. Many of those sources have been removed in this release.
You’ll notice a few minor interface changes when working in InDesign 2020. I hope you’ll find, as I have, that some of these changes result in better usability and easier access to features.
Gone in a Flash
Adobe has announced their decision to end development and distribution of the Adobe Flash Player in the near future. And in conjunction with this, the 2020 release of InDesign completely removes support for placing, importing, exporting, and linking to Flash files, including the FLV, F4V, and SWF formats. And within the application, all underlying traces of Flash have been removed from panels like Links, Media, Timing, Page Transitions, Object States, Buttons and Forms, and Animation.
InDesign 2020 offers some notable text improvements that, while not groundbreaking, are still quite welcome. We’ve been asking for some of these features for quite some time, so it’s nice to see them finally arrive.
Support for Southeast Asian languages
Adobe has added a new text engine called Harfbuzz to the World-Ready Paragraph Composer that improves rendering of script fonts for languages such as Thai, Burmese, Khmer, and Sinhala. For people working with text in these Southeast Asian languages, this a very big deal.
Reverse spell check
Every InDesign user knows that moment when you’re running a spell check and get into the rhythm of quickly skipping words that don’t need to be changed and you accidentally click the Skip button for a word that does need be fixed. D’oh! Until now, there was no way to go back and recheck that word. The only option was to start all over again, which could be a huge inconvenience in a long document. The option to search backward appeared in the Find/Change dialog box in CC 2014, and now with InDesign 2020 we have a Backward button to reverse the spell check direction as well. So now if you click Skip too quickly, you can simply go back to the word and fix it. This feature alone will save many InDesign users a lot of time.
Assigning keyboard shortcuts to styles
When InDesign was released two decades ago, virtually everyone who used it worked on a desktop computer with a full-size keyboard containing a numeric keypad. So the fact that you could only assign keyboard shortcuts to styles using the keypad wasn’t a big hindrance to most folks (unless you happened to be left-handed). But nowadays laptop users (and many desktop users) don’t have those keypads, and thus can’t use shortcuts to apply styles. InDesign 2020 finally allows the creation of keyboard shortcuts for styles using standard keyboard combinations, without the need to use the numeric keypad.
If you’ve seen the variable fonts feature in Illustrator or Photoshop, you’ve probably wondered why InDesign—the best typesetting app on the planet—didn’t support it. Well, wait no longer! InDesign 2020 now supports this format, which allows you to make fine adjustments of font properties such as weight, width, slant, and optical size. This is almost like magic.
To use variable fonts in InDesign 2020 (at least one, Acumin Variable Concept, should be installed automatically), begin by clicking the Variable Fonts icon, which you can find in the Control panel, Character panel, or Properties panel. This opens a small menu with sliders that let you control settings such as weight, width, slant, and optical size. The available choices will vary depending on the particular font you’re using. These variable text attributes can be saved as part of a paragraph or character style for reuse.
InDesign has always been able to place images in a wide variety of graphic formats, from native PSD files to JPG, TIF, and many more. For the most part, there wasn’t anything it couldn’t handle. As InDesign spread its wings into more interactive capabilities, from HTML output to EPUB and Publish Online, users started requesting support for SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). SVG has gained popularity in recent years; web developers like the format’s ability to deliver clean, crisp graphics on high-res displays without the file size and slowness of raster graphics.
InDesign 2020 adds support for the SVG, SVGZ, and SMIL (native SVG animation) formats, and will render the output as vector content when exported to PDF, HTML, EPUB, or Publish Online. Plus, animated SVG graphics can be previewed in the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel within InDesign. When an SVG is selected, new controls in the Object Export Options dialog box let you control the output options for the selected SVG graphic. You’ll also see new output options when exporting to any of the above-mentioned formats in their respective export dialog boxes.
Data Merge improvements
InDesign’s Data Merge feature received a few minor upgrades in this release. First, in addition to the comma-delimited and tab-delimited formats that have been supported in previous releases, Data Merge can now use semicolon-delimited files. This is a welcome change for anyone who is importing data that contains commas (especially in numbers such as “1,000”).
Also for you Data Mergers, InDesign 2020 boasts a new Content Placement option in the Data Merge panel called Use Existing. In previous releases, the Content Placement option that determined how all images in the merge would fit within image frames was a global choice, and thus didn’t work well in many situations. Now with the Use Existing option, whatever frame fitting option is defined for the frame(s) in the InDesign document, that fitting option will be used during the Data Merge. So you could have one frame that requires Fit Content Proportionately, and another frame that requires Fill Frame Proportionately.