Los Angeles InDesign User Group
What's New in InDesign CC 2015 and Muse CC 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
By Alvin Takamori
If you missed the meeting of the Los Angeles InDesign User Group on July 16, you missed out on FREE pizza! This unexpected bonus was courtesy of InMotion Hosting, who opened up their office space for our meeting. Business Development/Affiliate Manager, Jason Hong explained that InMotion Hosting is a local web hosting company that has been around since 2001. So, if you have a new website that requires hosting and maintenance, and you’d like to consult with real people instead of a voice over the phone, you might consider contacting them.
As for the presentation, it featured Mike Pace, who has taught digital media for many years. He teaches visual design at Cal Poly Pomona, Mt Sierra College, and UCLA Extension. He is currently interested in interactive publications and the blurring of print and digital output.
Mike began his presentation with a good word of advice, “ Never update your software in the middle of a project.” You want to avoid changes, or even the loss of a software feature you used, affecting your work. You also don’t want to prematurely assume that a project is completed. You might publish a piece and have the client bring a couple of updates later.
In regards to software design in general, there is often a tug-of-war between features that coders like versus features designers like. For digital publishing, designers prefer features that convert their InDesign files to HTML without engaging in the coding process. This leads to a new feature in InDesign CC 2015 called Publish Online. You can select the pages you want to publish and InDesign converts the pages into a package of HTML, CSS, and Java Script and sends it to an Adobe server.
Mike then began to discuss interactive publications. A book can be published online in a rigid format as a PDF. You could push a button and simply read through the text. However, if you want to submit your application as an app, you need to add features that are more engaging like audio, video, slides and scrolling text. For this type of content you could use a standard epub format with reflowable text. This requires a special reader to translate. That reader varies depending on the output device, a Kindle, an Android or an iBook, etc. Using this format the reader can change the font style and size to suit their reading preference.
An alternative choice is a fixed epub, which the server converts to something like HTML 5 before it shows up on a viewing device. This tends to be a better choice for designers who want more control over the layout, especially if they have a publication with lots of illustrations and photos. The fixed epub preserves the page design by locking the layout design, although a viewer can zoom in and out.
Mike then touched on several things. He explained how he uses Adobe Muse to prototype what he’d like a web page to look like before handing it to coders to program it. He then demonstrated how to make a slide show using the object panel. Next he mentioned Edge Animate which creates key frame animations using HTML 5.
After that, Mike covered several new features of InDesign CC 2015. One is Paragraph Shading. You can select a section of text and have it highlighted. If you edit and add or subtract content later, as the text reflows, the shading moves with it. Another new feature is the ability to paste graphics or photos into Table cells. This process used to take several steps.
A very useful addition to InDesign is the capability of saving Styles into a Library. Now Styles can be shared, not only between InDesign documents, but with Illustrator and Photoshop too. Adobe’s goal seems to be to make InDesign the hub of design publishing.
In Adobe’s web creation software, there are a couple of changes. There are two new additions to the widget library. The first is Shopify, which is a shopping site that can be linked to a Muse website. The second is a blog widget. It’s not as fluid as a true blog site, because it’s bringing data from your blog to your Muse website.
To wrap up his discussion, Mike Pace answered some audience questions.
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