InDesign CS5: Every Feature Revealed In Amazing April 1 Scoop!
An anonymous employee has today leaked every major feature of InDesign CS5, a full 12 days ahead of Adobe’s official announcement. While we cannot officially confirm or deny any of these, we will say that these features do seem plausible and match many of the features that InDesign users have long been asking for.
Wii Support: While early beta software was being developed for the iPad (code named iDesign), it was recently dropped because many of the panels in the Creative Suite are built using Flash — and as everyone knows, Flash won’t run on the iPad. Fortunately, most of the codebase was able to be ported to the Wii platform. Both the Wii Remote and the Wii Nunchuk will be supported.
Export to Ragtime: In an obvious effort to attract new European users in high-end publishing workflows, Adobe has added the option to export InDesign layouts to the highly popular Ragtime format. Note that some document items will not translate completely, including tables, color swatches, and anything after the first page.
Holograms: As print features have been deprecated in recent years, Adobe has made great strides in three-dimensional imaging, including holographic and 3D printing. New InDesign CS5 tools include the Tesseract tool and the Time Manipulator.
Content-Aware Text Scaling: Taking a cue from Photoshop CS4′s popular Content-Aware Scaling feature (which deletes unimportant parts of images), the InDesign engineers added a Content-Aware Text Scaling checkbox to the Control panel. When a text frame’s content is full of run-on sentences and deadwood phrases, CS5 users can enable the new feature and then scale the text frame with the Selection tool. Instead of changing the size of the type, CS5 edits the text (removing the unimportant verbage) to reduce the word count while keeping the meaning of the content intact.
New Composition Highlights: In an apparent acknowledgement that the Highlight options in the Composition pane of the Preferences dialog box have been far from complete, Adobe InDesign CS5 will offer these new composition highlights:
- Blue: for text about sad or depressing things
- Eggplant (Aubergine): for purple prose
- Black: for R-rated words and phrases, effectively making it safe for minors to view
- Puce: for text that is colored puce (finally!)
Automatic Translation: Adobe, in an apparent effort to ally with Google, has incorporated Google’s translation features into the program (Internet connection required). Selecting text and choosing a language dictionary from the Language menu in the Control panel will work as before—associating the selected text with that language’s spelling and hyphenation dictionary—but in CS5, holding down the Option/Alt key as you do so will also translate the selection from one language into another.
New page sizes: InDesign CS5 can now create documents as small as 18 microns per side, and up to 53 AU. The smaller page size is a boon to the world’s grain-of-rice-artists and head-of-pin-writers who had been lobbying Adobe for months on getting this feature into InDesign. As for the larger page size—53 times the distance of the Earth to the Sun—software industry insiders are saying Adobe added it as a personal favor to Zeus, the King of the Gods, who is a friend and close advisor to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.