The new InDesign CC9.2, released this week, gives us much to be happy about as book publishers
Most of the changes affect book production. The long-promised TypeKit integration is now available with over 700 Adobe TypeKit fonts freely usable and licensed for print, Web, and ebook as part of Creative Cloud. It runs much faster. There has been a major reworking of the hyperlinks panel to simplify its use. There’s a full featured QR code generator. There is now full Retina display support. Now, we can find the perfect font, fast. Type any portion of a font name, such as “bold,” “semicondensed,” or “italic,” or any part of a font family name, and see only the fonts that match your criteria.
Quoting from the Adobe site, “Create iPad apps without writing code. Access Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition (part of Creative Cloud) from within InDesign and use familiar tools to develop iPad apps. Creative Cloud members can submit unlimited single-edition iPad apps to the Apple App Store.” I haven’t tried this yet, but the time is quickly coming. Especially now that Adobe is licensing the .folio format for free.
Professional ePUBs can now be directly exported
There have been major upgrades to ePUB production. That, coupled with rapidly increasing support by distributors like iBooks and Kobo, makes it finally possible to directly export ePUBs without the need for any coding. There’s still a long ways to go for tables, but hopefully that should be coming soon.
Here’s a brief list of what’s now available:
- Now ePUBs with embedded fonts now upload directly to iTunes Producer and Kobo Writing Life. They are also directly converted when uploaded within KDP.
- Lists converted to text now match the indents of the rest of the text and include custom bullets
- Anchored objects can float right or left using text wrap for margin control
- Live type in your ePUB can now be colored with a gradient
- An index with live links can be added
- Tables of contents can be added anywhere they are needed: formatted with styles & live links
- The Hyperlink panel has gotten much better, easier to use with far fewer bad links
- ePUB3 now offers pop-up footnotes
The new ePUBs export quickly and upload flawlessly—even to Smashwords and the like (if they are small enough).
- InDesign & Illustrator bring Typekit fonts even closer to your work (typekit.com)
- Linked Smart Objects, Smart rectangles in AI, and more are here! (blogs.adobe.com)