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What’s New in InDesign 2014.2 February 2015 Release

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Steve Werner

Steve Werner

Steve Werner is a trainer, consultant, and co-author (with David Blatner and Christopher Smith) of InDesign for QuarkXPress Users and Moving to InDesign. He has worked in the graphic arts industry for more than 20 years and was the training manager for ten years at Rapid Lasergraphics. He has taught computer graphics classes since 1988.
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20 Comments on “What’s New in InDesign 2014.2 February 2015 Release

  1. Big, big, big bug in Text Styles for non-English versions however in CC libraries. A known bug. It adds kerning to Text Styles whike it should not. This makes Text Styles unusable in all languages exept English…

  2. Well, I hope one of the bigger and brighter features of 2015 is the ability to edit kern tables. Nothing would make me happier then never having to run a kern script again. :)

  3. I like the idea (and now the ability!) to print the current page. However, I am far more likely to export a single page to PDF than to actually print it. What about adding a “current page” option to the Export Adobe PDF dialog box? For me, not having to click on Range and then type in the page number (once I have figured what page I’m on) would be a great enhancement.

  4. Yes Phil

    This is the typical half-baked new feature because the InDesign developers do lack a global vision on the software.

  5. The application of “text styles” as defined by the Libraries feature reminds me of Adobe GoLive’s panel called HTML Styles. It did the same thing … applied a specific combination of local formatting to selected text. Interesting.

    • I was glad to see that the video introducing the libraries mentioned that ‘text styles’ are not character styles. The current implementation appears to have been modelled on the eye dropper. One hopes that the ability to preserve and exchange true styles via the libraries is on the list of improvements to be made.

  6. It’s a real pain to me that they did not fix a bug that I reported some time ago that only appeared in CC 2014, namely that when you export an ePUB and add in your own CSS file, this then appears as the FIRST in the list of CSS files. In other words, it come BEFORE the ID generated ones, at the head of each XHTML file. This means that you cannot simply use it as a mechanism to change INDesign’s CSS rules. As we know later loaded CSS files overwrite earlier ones.

    Getting round this is a pain because you then need to search and replaces throughout the ePUB to change the order, making ’round trip’ to InDesign difficult.

    I suppose that the ePUB export is dealt with by a separate team!

    • I independently reported this a few weeks back (via Adobe Enterprise support) so let’s see if they can fix this in CC2015.
      So far, nobody could yet explain to me what’s the point of the change. I mean if I take the trouble of adding custom CSS to my ePub it’s pretty self-explaining that this should take precedence over ID’s generated CSS.

      I do have a (kind of nasty) workaround that should save you the search/replace:
      You can use the !important tag in your custom CSS to enforce it over the generated one.
      Example:
      a._idFootnoteAnchor{
      display:inline-block !important;
      width:1.25em !important;
      margin-left:0 !important;
      text-indent:0 !important;
      }

  7. Oops, I stand corrected, the Text Style kerning bug is fixed in the released x69 final release! That is: kerning is simply ignored when adding styles to the CC libs; not perfect but better than the bug!

    • Yes, Frans!
      If the library is picking up a manual kerned character as Text Style, the kerning method stored would be “None”. That could happen any time, if a user is not aware of the problem.

      Uwe

  8. Adobe is slow and steady towards its goal. What all is required, is the Patience when you work on Adobe products. You’ll get what you want but only God knows when?

  9. I have updated InDesign CC and now it won’t add pages and no fly out windows open when i click on them. any ideas on how to fix?

  10. Also see the documentation of a severe bug that comes with the new feature “Ungroup Remembers Layers” in InDesign CC 2014.2 v10.2.0.69. Hope, it will be fixed soon!

    Adobe inDesign Forum:
    [b]Updated ID CC 2014 with Feb 2015 release, ungrouping objects causes them to vanish[/b]
    Feb 17, 2015 4:35 AM
    https://forums.adobe.com/message/7201272

    All German readers see here:
    http://www.hilfdirselbst.ch/foren/InDesign_CC_2014_2_Schwerwiegender_Bug_%7C_Arbeiten_mit_Gruppen_P537207.html#537207

    Uwe

  11. I’ve downloaded latest InDesign CC (2014.2) on one machine but Creative Cloud doesn’t recognise update on another. Tells me I’m up to date. Frustrating as I’ve set up libraries on one but can’t open on the other with older version. Any thoughts? Thanks in anticipation.

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