This is always a big day for me. I’ve been working getting ready for the changes, so I can help you with any questions. Again, this go-round, there’s not much for book production.
OpenType and Glyph Features
There are new features to help with OpenType glyph choices. They are available from the Font Menu, from contextual menus when selecting characters [right-click], and there’s a new search ability in the Glyphs panel.
Mainly, there is now direct selection of alternative glyphs from selected type. This greatly speeds up fractions and so forth.
This has become very powerful, but it does not allow for sales. So, it’s an excellent resource for free documents you want to share. As usual, there is no knowing how long Adobe will continue to support the servers. The hope is that by the time that day comes, they will have an option to publish to the server of your choice.
An excellent example of this Publish Online capability is found with James Wamser’s New Features Guide. It shows all the new features which have been added since version 1.0 in the summer of 1999. What an exciting day that was! Finally, we could escape QuarkXPress. It’s a wonderful history of what is possible and available in InDesign—and the oldest version to have a given capability.
You should read it: https://indd.adobe.com/view/7e62bdb8-094c-4571-abbc-88f5da27f7c5
Creative Cloud Libraries
For many, the ability to maintain libraries of parts and pieces from Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign is a marvelous thing. As a one-person shop I have much less use for this, though I may have to repent of that restricted viewpoint.
For example, there is now an edit original for any item in the library. It opens the piece in the originating application to make changes. That sounds very good.
For Microsoft’s touch-enabled tablets, which can run the Creative Cloud Apps, InDesign can now design by touch. As I don’t have one [and don’t want one], I have no idea whether this is a big deal or not.
Of course there’s more
It’s all listed in Wamser’s document.