Integrated with Creative Cloud services like Adobe Stock and apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, CC Libraries offer some amazing advantages over traditional InDesign libraries.
This article appeared in Issue 83 of InDesign Magazine.
Only a year ago, in the February 2015 release of InDesign CC 2014, a new kind of library was introduced to Adobe InDesign—called a CC library (short for Creative Cloud library). This CC library lives side by side with the traditional and familiar InDesign object library feature, which lets you store and reuse almost any kind of object you can create in InDesign. And CC libraries are in some ways similar… but in other ways very different. Different in a way that may excite you, or frustrate you, or, more likely, both.
The first version of CC libraries was pretty rudimentary, but Adobe enhanced it further with the release of InDesign CC 2015, in June of that same year, and even more with the November release of InDesign CC 2015.2. The result is that CC libraries are beginning to become not just interesting, but actually quite useful.
Unfortunately, the great majority of InDesign users (yes, I’m talking about you!) haven’t even tried the new CC library feature. In fact, your only encounter with it may be when the CC Libraries panel pops open unexpectedly if you create a new style or a new swatch color! So it’s time you were more formally introduced.. . . .
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