9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 29, 2013 3:55 PM by rob day

    InDesign CC for web

    Jingo888

      Are there new features in InDesign CC for web development?

        • 1. Re: InDesign CC for web
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          InDesign is not a web authoring tool though you can export your content

          to HTML.

          • 2. Re: InDesign CC for web
            Jingo888 Level 1

            Thanks for your reply. We are asked to build type-heavy web (and iPad) files in Photoshop by our programmers. Is there any advantage to Photoshop (also not a web authoring tool)?

            • 3. Re: InDesign CC for web
              BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              Why not use the right tool? Dreamweaver or at the very least, Muse.

              • 4. Re: InDesign CC for web
                Jingo888 Level 1

                As graphic designers, our firm has supplied us the Design Premium suite and not the web dev. apps. I'm still curious if there is a distinct atvantage to using Photoshop over InDesign for programmers to work from.

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                  John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  Not sure how "programmers' is defined in this case. Here's the thing:

                   

                  Because the pages are text-heavy, you're inclined to think it makes more sense to build page prototypes in InDesign, where you can make the text look nice.

                   

                  But the text doesn't matter. When the "programmers," or whoever, embark on the actual HTML page builds, all your work on the text will essentially be discarded, then loosely replicated using HTML/CSS, where there is no "typesetting" as you know it. They want Photoshop because the elements of your work that will get repurposed are the graphics. They'll slice and dice the graphical elements in your Photoshop files to make everything but the text. That's why they want Photoshop.

                   

                  Really, you can use both...and it may work to your advantage. Make the graphical elements in Photoshop. Place them and set the type in InDesign. When the layouts are approved, deliver the packaged files, and the programmers will have everything they need in one form or another.

                   

                  All that said, you really need to be developing a mutually beneficial workflow with them. Communicate.

                  • 6. Re: InDesign CC for web
                    rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    If you are using OSX you might find the AppleScript in this thread useful—opens an InDesign page as a layered PS file :

                     

                    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/456608?start=80&tstart=0

                    • 7. Re: InDesign CC for web
                      Jingo888 Level 1

                      It's not as much about making type look nice, more about the many (40-50) iPad (or web) pages, up to 20 rounds of revisions and the myriad advantages of ID including global changes, spell check, style sheets...etc., not to mention linking (rather than embedding) to images that may be updated. The PSD files are often 500+ MB compared to a 12 MB InDesign file. And then the process of making a 45-page PDF proof from Photoshop – ridiculous! InDesign will make a 45-page in one step in seconds. So, knowing that we may go 16-20 rounds before our "programmers" ever see the files, it's about time, accountability and efficiency.

                       

                      So,  I appreciate and have learned from your information, I will try the AppleScript to create a layered InDesign file to a layered PS file.

                      • 8. Re: InDesign CC for web
                        Jingo888 Level 1

                        Amazing – it worked! Thank you.

                         

                        So, the one hick-up may be keeping the type as live type in photoshop. I tested it with smart objects checked and not. Smart objects checked on makes the type editable in illustrator, while the Smart objects unchecked creates pixels from the type. Is there a way to keep the type live in the PS file?

                        • 9. Re: InDesign CC for web
                          rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                          Is there a way to keep the type live in the PS file?

                          Unfortunately no.