Here’s the new and updated edition of a very handy resource from James Wamser – a complete reference to all versions of Adobe InDesign ever released… Similar to his Photoshop and Illustrator handbooks, it’s called called the Adobe InDesign New Features Guide, 1.0 to CC (2021), and this 130-page ebook is available for free download now:
This PDF guidebook comprehensively reviews and compares what’s new in each successive revision of InDesign from version 1.0 in 1999 all the way up to the current CC 2021 release – and covers the details of all the major new features and material improvements along the way.
It’s an impressive compilation of what many people want to know when they ask what’s different between versions… Typically you’ll find articles (like this one or this one) that give the primary differences between two single releases, but never before has there been coverage as exhaustive as Mr. Wamser has carefully compiled with this work – and you can get it instantly here:
Just look for the “Download PDF” icon at the lower right of your browser, once you pull up the book.
It’s also very helpful to consult when you need to save back to previous versions of InDesign (where the featuresets and file formats are older) – this way you’ll know which capabilities prior releases can support, and which they cannot.
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Here’s the story on how this guidebook was put together:
About: Created by James Wamser, an Adobe Certified Instructor, to use as a reference while teaching. Feel free to share your comments, any errors, or how you use it:
Thought I would share: Got my first hands-on look at InDesign (K2) in October 1998 to provide feedback on features and output test files.
Community Help: Thanks to Steve Werner and everyone else for their feedback.
New Features: Taken primarily from Adobe.com, Adobe’s New Features documents and Adobe Press Releases.
Brief History: Adobe first previewed InDesign in September 1998 during Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at Seybold in San Francisco. On March 2, 1999, Adobe President Chuck
Geschke and CEO John Warnock previewed Adobe InDesign duing Seybold Seminars in Boston.
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