InDesign CS3 Upgrade Review - 2

InDesign CS3 Upgrade Review - 2
Customized Workspace

If you have read some of my other reviews for the Creative Suite programs, you already know that there is a new layout and icon-based panel system which is much more user-friendly. With this new system, it is easy to toggle your favorite panels, or group of panels, fully open and then close them into icons. As in previous versions, you can customize the workspace and save any number of customized layouts for reuse in other projects. With the new Workspace button and drop-down menu, it is easy to use and manage all of your custom layouts.

Quick Apply

Now that you have all those improved special effects and new features to use in your content, you need a quick and easy way to organize and apply them. The new Quick Apply panel helps you find styles, commands, text variables and scripts with an easy-to-use search. Just type in the first few letters for your search and the panel will display all matches. Of course, you have a lot of control over the search criteria and can even save searches to be used again.

Collaboration

When collaborating on a project, it doesn't take long before you need a way to keep everyone's "mini projects" organized within the main project. One improvement in the collaboration process is how much easier it is to place one InDesign file within another "master" file. Another is the new rules-processing engine. Developers can create conditional rules using JavaScript, AppleScript and VBScript which will control the formatting and layout of your project. As new parts of the project are imported, these rules are applied keeping format and layout consistent. This feature works much like CSS by allowing developers to keep all the style formatting for a project in one location.

Formatting

Those of you who use tables and lists in your InDesign projects will be glad to know that you will have more control over styles applied to the entire table and its individual parts. In the Table Styles panel, you can create complex, customized styles to format content and save these styles for reuse. You can do the same for numbered and bulleted lists within the Paragraph Styles panel.

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