InDesign CS5 Tips, new features

October 21st, 2010 by sharon Leave a reply »


September was a landmark month as it saw all our Adobe courses moving into their latest and greatest version CS5!

Leading the way after Photoshop was our InDesign class which had students from varied working environments and different levels of knowledge. But what I found particularly interesting was that 90% of the students on both the Essentials in InDesign course and the Pro-Skills InDesign course, were already working with CS5. I think this gives a clear indication that businesses and individuals alike see this upgrade as a worthwhile investment and they are not far wrong……

Adobe InDesign CS5 new features:

There are a wide range of improvements on InDesigns productivity features which help make page layout simpler, easier, and speedier. Some of my favourites are:

  • the ability to include mixed page sizes in a single file
  • streamlined object selection and editing
  • an all-new Layers panel
  • multiple-file placement with fewer clicks
  • live corners effects
  • mini bridge
  • the colour widget in the control panel (a simple little improvement but I love it!)


As a professional design and layout program InDesigns heritage lies in print but the world of digital publishing has required it to move with the times, and true to form Adobe has delivered. They have given us the features to take our print designs to a whole new level including interactivity, animation, video, and sound so that we can create interactive rich documents to communicate to our clients with.

But instead of writing about it why don’t I show you, check out this link to an Adobe promotional video that highlights the future of digital publishing, prepare to be wowed!

And last but not least how about a few tips for you novices and experts out there using newer and older versions of Adobe InDesign……

Adobe InDesign Tips:

  • Text Case Change – Ever received text for a document where the text is in all capital letters, and then you have to spend ages reformatting it to upper and lowercase. Well no more, InDesign offers a quick fix. Select the text, choose Type > Change Case, and select the correct formatting from the submenu. You can pick from UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case, and Sentence case.
  • Apply Colours Quickly – Save time applying a colors to your InDesign objects, by simply dragging a swatch from the swatches panel onto the frame, stroke, or table cell.
  • Presentation Mode – New to CS5, Presentation Display Mode (Shift – W), like the Preview Mode in older versions but better. This view takes up the whole screen, even hiding panels and menus.


So don’t just take my word for it, come and see for yourself, join the CS5 movement and sign up for our next InDesign session today!

Enquire here to discuss any Adobe training requirements you might have…..

Sharon is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Adobe Indesign, talented designer and layout professional with many years experience with large corporate clients.


Adobe InDesign CS5 is available from Adobe, and major resellers in Ireland.  It can be bought as part of the Adobe bundle Design Standard.



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