8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 16, 2013 7:35 AM by Peter Spier

    InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?

    J van E Level 1

      I went from CS4 to CS6 last week. I knew about the big differences but I was caught off guard by all the little changes... Like not being able to unlock one item with a shortcut or the fit to frame option not working at ALL in some circumstances. Same changes feel like big steps BACK instead of forward and I almost wished I didn't switch to CS6. I was wondering if there is some sort of guide somewhere that shows me all the LITTLE differences that I have to learn about after going from CS4 to CS6... I could use such a guide because I all the time I can't get things done or things happen without me knowing what's happening...!

        • 1. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
          Daniel Flavin Level 4

          InDesignSecrets.com  release notes for CS6, a start.

          • 2. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            It sounds lie you might have tried to reuse a custom set of CS4 keyboard shortcuts in CS6. That doesn't work well unless you take some extra steps. If you search here you'll find a pair of scripts John Hawkinson wrote for converting legacy shorcut sets...

            • 4. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
              J van E Level 1

              Thanks for the link, Daniel. It mainly talks about the big changes but has some info about little ones too. Not the little things that I have problems with though...

              • 5. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
                J van E Level 1

                @Pieter: No, I didn't try to use old shortcuts: I have a completely new system and I try to keep everything as clean and official as possible. It's just that some thing are totally different. I like NEW options but I am not to fond of CHANGED options, I guess. For instance as soon as I have used the shortcut that fills the frame with a picture (not proportional) NONE of the fit to frame commands work anymore... not at ALL! It's too odd and VERY inconvenient. And everything also works out of the middle instead of the left top corner. I did find that menu in which you can change how a certain frame should auto-correct the content but that option is far from convenient.

                 

                I suppose that in a while I will get used to it but changes aren't always for the better. Like unlocking one object: you can only do that in a certain view by clicking on a little icon and not anymore with a shortcut. I simply don't understand some changes...

                • 6. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
                  Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                  OK.

                   

                  There are two things about unlocking. First, the default prefernce is to not allow you to select locked objects, so you will need to change this if you haven't already. Then you need to make a custom shortcut set and add the shortcut of your choice to the Unlock command. It's listed in the Object Menu product area and has no default keys assigned.

                   

                  I suspect the problem withte fitting commands is they changed at some point. You can either try to memorize the new ones, or add the old ones to the custom set you are making. They're in the Object Menu area, too.

                  • 7. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
                    J van E Level 1

                    I'll have a look at that unlock command.

                     

                    About the fitting problem: the shortcuts are no problem but the fact that at some point NONE of the fitting options work anymore is! Everytime I have fitted a picture to fill the entire frame (not proportionally) none of the fit commands have an effect anymore, so not only the shortcuts but also when I try to use the commands in the menu. The picture is stuck at full frame. I have to open that menu with which you can set the automatic fitting, enable it, choose an option and a reference point and then the picture sometimes does change... but obviously this is all very cumbersome... Seems like a huge bug but since I can't find any information about it, I guess this is a problem on my Mac only...?

                    • 8. Re: InDesign CS6 guide for CS4 user...?
                      Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                      I'm not clear on what you are seeing, and since I tend only to use the context menu or control panel buttons for fitting I'm not sure what happens, but I suspect an auto-fit frame fitting option has been applied to the frame (you can clear frame fitting options from the context menu, or add another custom shortcut).

                       

                      Having just said that, I can't seem to make the shortcuts stop working no matter what I do, so it could be a prefs problem on your system (see Replace Your Preferences).