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What’s New in Adobe InDesign CS2

What’s New in Adobe InDesign CS2

Welcome to Adobe InDesign CS2. This is a significant upgrade to an extremely powerful page layout application. This book provides you with details you need to effectively create layouts using Adobe InDesign CS2. The Adobe InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book has been revised and updated to incorporate new capabilities and features that have been added to the software. If you’re already familiar with previous versions of Adobe InDesign, you’ll find a wealth of new features to make you more productive.

Here we’ve assembled an overview of our favorite additions to InDesign CS2. The complete list of new features is much more extensive, and you can find it at Adobe.com.

Object Styles

If you use paragraph and character styles, which are sometimes called style sheets in other applications, you’ll appreciate the new capability of object styles. With object styles, you can quickly apply multiple attributes to objects used in your InDesign CS2 layouts, including text frames and picture frames. This provides for one-click application of multiple attributes to a frame, such as a colored background, border, type style, and even drop shadows.

Adobe Bridge and Creative Suite integration

Adobe InDesign CS2 provides improved integration with the other applications in the Creative Suite2: Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, and Acrobat. You can now share color swatches and color management settings among these applications, use the improved Version Cue to manage your documents, and take advantage of the new Adobe Bridge to view and organize your documents. The Adobe Bridge is used throughout this Classroom in a Book and is covered in more detail in Lesson 14, “Working with Adobe Bridge and Version Cue.”

Improved text handling

Significant enhancements have been made to text importing and handling capabilities. You’ll find that InDesign CS2 imports most common file formats, including .xls, .doc, and .txt. Many of these files now import faster and have improved options that allow you to retain or remove text formatting at the time it is imported. With styled .doc files, you can choose to map styles applied in Microsoft Word to the styles used in your InDesign CS2 layout. Similar enhancements have been made for text that is copied and pasted into InDesign, as you can now choose to remove or retain the text formatting at the time text is pasted into your layout. Lessons 4 and 5 cover InDesign’s text handling capabilities.

Other text handling improvements include the addition of an automatic bullet and numbering feature, making it easier to build and edit lists. The new data merge capability makes it easy to create customized letters and documents. Additionally, InDesign CS2 adds robust support for anchored objects that are part of a text frame. Learn more about anchored text frames in Lesson 3, “Working with Frames.”

Enhanced graphics handling

The enhancements extend to graphic handling and support. InDesign now provides options for enabling or disabling the viewing and printing of individual layers, and layer comps, created in Photoshop. Layers can be enabled or disabled at the time an image is imported, or at any time after it is placed in the layout. Improved link management features make it easier to locate and work with dependent files that have been placed into your layouts. Lesson 8 also covers these important new features.

XML features

More advanced users will appreciate the XML enhancements. Imported XML files can be linked, providing notification if the XML foundation for a document has been modified. InDesign CS2 now provides more robust support of InDesign’s table capabilities in the XML structure, and objects and groups can be saved as XML snippets. Discover the XML capabilities in Lesson 13, “Using XML.”

While this list is by no means a complete description of the new features of InDesign CS2, it exemplifies Adobe’s commitment to providing the best tools possible for your publishing needs. We hope you enjoy working with InDesign CS2 as much as we do.

—The InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book Team

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