Adobe released the latest batch of updates to Creative Cloud last week, in the first of a series, I’m taking an overview of the main new features, starting with InDesign. In this part I’ll be covering new features for tables, colour groups and Behance.
Creative Cloud desktop, applications list
The first thing you’ll notice is that these are actually completely new versions of the applications (named CC 2014) and are listed and installed separately via the Creative Cloud desktop app. This has already caused some confusion as it seems that not all third party plug-ins and extensions are completely compatible, so you may wish to run your apps side by side until everything is working 100%.
As the interface of the CC 2014 applications is identical to the previous version, the only way you’ll notice you’ve opened a new one is by it’s impeccable, sober new splash screen.
InDesign CC 2014 splash screen
Editing InDesign tables has become faster and simpler by the new drag and drop feature. Just select a row or column, hover the cursor inside the selection and drag to a new location. Notice that this also works with anchored content and across threaded tables.
Select a row
Drag to new location
Next up is the new Colour Groups feature. Essentially the same as style groups, the Swatches panel can now generate folders into which you can drag and drop specific sets of colours. More interestingly, you can also auto generate colour groups by selecting a group of objects first, InDesign will then offer the choice to gather colours from those objects.
Select a group of objects then select create new colour group from the swatches panel
Colour groups can also be shared with other Adobe applications. In this example, the artwork has been generated in Illustrator. From the swatches panel, select save swatch library as ASE (Adobe Swatches Exchange) and choose a location.
From Illustrator, select swatches panel then save swatches as ASE
Back in InDesign, repeat the process from the swatches panel except choose Load swatches. Navigate to the the ASE file and the groups will be replicated as per the original document. Note that some features (such as gradients and patterns) are not saveable in ASE files.
From InDesign swatches panel, select load swatches
InDesign swatches panel after import of ASE library
Lastly a feature for promoting your online portfolio. Adobe has added the creative social network, Behance to Creative Cloud. Now you can upload your artwork to an online portfolio directly from your Adobe applications. First open the document you wish to share. Then go to File>Share on Behance. Log in with your Adobe ID. The current page or sperad will be converted to an image and uploaded. You can then add tags and comments before submitting.
Choose a document and then File>Share on Behance
Behance upload complete
Log in to Behance from any web browser to see your work.