InDesign CS6 overhauls digital publishing workflow to offer versatile new options and format capabilities
16 May 2012
Excerpt: (1 items) Adobe has a winner of an upgrade in InDesign CS6 . The combination of improvements to its digital publishing tools, PDF forms authoring, language support, and dozens of workflow refinements make this an upgrade that will surely pay for itself. The most visible improvements center, not surprisingly, around digital publishing—specifically converting content for one medium or device to another.
Pros: Vastly improved tools for repurposing content, Many user-requested feature enhancements, New tools to create PDF forms, ePub creation tools now usable, Can save documents back to CS4, Multiple layouts in one document
Conclusion: Adobe InDesign is still the leader in page designing software, and version CS5.5 adds several new features that may warrant an upgrade, but only for certain kinds of users.
Pros: Object placement and manipulation drastically improved. New options for nondestructive image editing and animation tools. New features speed up previously tedious tasks. Close integration with Flash Professional simplifies making Web versions of documents.
Conclusion: The go-to software for page designers the world over, Adobe InDesign CS6 easily earns our Editors' Choice and five stars for its wonderful flexibility and support for designers' creativity.
Pros: Great new tools for getting content onto digital publishing platforms (iPhone, Nook, etc.). Superbly balanced interface.
Cons: Content Collector feature could stand to take on some facets of CorelDRAW's tray feature.
Summary: We found the most balanced, critical reviews of Adobe InDesign CS5.5 at Ars Technica, Macworld, and Tech World. Reviewers find the upgrades to be exciting, but as Neil Bennett of the U.K.'s Macworld pointed out, they may not be critical for print publishers. User-contributed reviews at CNET are also helpful.
Pros: Professional capabilities, Efficient, PC or Mac, Integrates with Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash, Photoshop
Cons: Steep learning curve, Overkill for many users, Improvements from CS4 primarily benefit digital designers
Summary: If you're still using InDesign CS4 or earlier, this is a great time to upgrade. If you're using InDesign CS5, you'll definitely want to upgrade in order to produce electronic publications such as ePubs, iPad apps or accessible PDFs. Just be aware that Adobe is now on a one year paid upgrade cycle, so you'll be paying again in a year.
Excerpt: (1 items) Audition, the storied professional Windows audio editing application, has finally made its debut on the Mac—both as a separate $349 application and as part of Adobe’s $1,699 Production Premium and $2,599 Master Collection Creative Suite 5.5. ($99 upgrade pricing is available to those with any version of the now-discontinued Soundbooth and previous versions of Audition.
Pros: Solid collection of effects and restoration tools, Native 5.1 support, Faster than Soundbooth, Roundtrip Premiere editing
Cons: No support for hardware control surfaces, No clip previews, No MIDI support
Conclusion: If you use InDesign to produce digital publications such as ePub or to create digital PDF forms, the CS6 upgrade will easily pay for itself in time saved. Text- handling improvements also make this a must-have upgrade.
Pros: Vastly improved tools; can save back to CS4; multiple layouts in one document
Cons: Parent/Child item linking lacks some flexibility; Liquid Layout difficult to master
Excerpt: One noticeable difference to the new version of InDesign is that unlike Illustrator and Photoshop, InDesign does not have the new darkened interface and retains the same black on white look that we all know well.