updated 02:18 pm EDT, Mon May 6, 2013
InDesign gets modernized interface, engine
As a part of today's major Adobe announcements, the company has gone into detail for the upgrades present in its design software. Illustrator CC features a new Touch Type tool, which lets people manipulate individual characters in text while still maintaining control over font and other edits. Multi-touch devices have been added as a form of input.
A photo can now be used as a brush, and the Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images. New font options include a filtered font search, and the Creative Cloud-tied Sync Fonts, which sync Adobe Typekit fonts to a local machine. Sync Colors lets people capture color themes via the company's new Kuler iPhone app, sync them to kuler.adobe.com, and then import them into Illustrator. Sync Settings means that workspace settings can be backed up to Creative Cloud for quick application at a different computer.
Other Illustrator upgrades include the ability to import multiple files into a layout simultaneously while also controlling location and scaling. For web designers the software has gained a CSS code generator for objects like logos and patterns, baking in any complex visuals like gradients. Pattern brushes can have automatic corners, and with text objects designers can quickly switch between area and point type.
InDesign CC shares some of Illustrator's new features, namely Sync Fonts and filtered font search, and to that adds instant font previews, font favorites, a QR code creator, and a "Save to Cloud" command. The app as a whole, though, now sports a new interface, meant to be more consistent with both Illustrator and Photoshop. The software has switched to HiDPI/Retina graphics, as well as a 64-bit engine, which should finally take advantage of modern RAM and processors.
Web design tool Muse CC has gained just two upgrades: the ability to create parallax scrolling effects, and in-browser editing, which lets people make changes to live websites without affecting layout or structure. Editors can choose whether or not to merge modifications with the original Muse files.
InCopy CC has been added to Creative Cloud subscriptions, and like InDesign has been given a new interface with HiDPI support. Users can also adjust the brightness of the interface, and take advantage of filtered font search and font favorites.
Aside from the new iPhone app and Sync Colors, Kuler has also gained preset color modes. On the iPhone there are just five, such as Colorful and Muted. The web app has more presets that obey color theory, such as Analogous, Triad, and Compound.
The Ideas app for iOS, lastly, has been made free, and can sync color themes with Kuler. Accordingly, themes can be extracted from Ideas work. Favorite brushes can now be saved to the toolbar, and Adobe is promising better drawing accuracy, with live preview of strokes. Ideas images can be shared via Facebook or Twitter.