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Eight Great New Features in Adobe® InDesign® CS5

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Both print designers and web designers will be delighted with the new spate of Adobe® InDesign® CS5 features, eight of which Bob Bringhurst highlights here.
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As David Blatner, Ole Kvern, and I sat in a Seattle pub planning our new book, Real World InDesign CS5, we discussed the direction of InDesign. David claims there are two main camps vying for control. Let's call them print designers and web designers. The print designers want InDesign's developers to focus on new features that make it easier to create and print their traditional magazines, books, and brochures. The web designers want to create interactive documents for the web, and they want to be able to do most, if not all, of their work in InDesign.

I think both groups will be delighted with the new spate of InDesign CS5 features, only a few of which I highlight here.

1. Spanning and Splitting Columns

In earlier versions of InDesign, if you wanted a heading to span multiple columns, you had to create a separate text frame for the heading. Now you can span a heading across multiple columns to create a straddle head. You can also split a paragraph into multiple columns—especially useful for a list within an article.

To span or split columns quickly, select text, display the paragraph options in the Control panel, and then choose an option from the Span Columns pop-up menu. To span or split columns and bring up a dialog box that lets you adjust the spacing before and after the paragraphs, choose Span Columns from the Control panel menu.

Figure 1 Span the heading across multiple columns, and split the bulleted list into multiple columns.

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