InDesign’s New Features 2018

April 19, 2018

Adobe began 2018 with a new release of InDesign. Below, I highlighted some of the most relevant new features for improving user experience.

Adobe's Familiar Shortcuts


Using Adobe's shortcut features helps to save a lot of time on your daily work. You now have the option to use Photoshop or Illustrator keyboard shortcuts in InDesign.


To select Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop shortcuts or to revert to InDesign default shortcuts, go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.


gpi-adobe indesign 2018-1

Paragraph Border Improvements


It is now easier to create and merge borders around multiple paragraphs. You can create borders that enclose multiple paragraphs using the Paragraph Border feature. Select Merge Consecutive Borders and Shading with Same Settings, this choice will create a paragraph border to merge the paragraph borders of two consecutive paragraphs if they have same paragraph border and shading properties.

Export a Document as Separate PDF Pages


In this new release, when you want to export an InDesign document as a PDF, you have the option to create separate PDFs for each page or spread. Select Create Separate PDF Files while exporting as a PDF.


gpi-adobe indesign 2018-2


This is a great option because you don't need to identify each page in a document and export them one at a time. Now you can export every page as a separate PDF in one step.



When you create a cross-reference, you can search a paragraph from the list of paragraphs with the help of a search bar. You can do the following types of searches:


  • Search from start: match the sequence from the beginning of the paragraph.
  • Search anywhere: match the sequence from anywhere in the paragraph.

Additional Improvements


Color Settings: You can now edit the hex value directly from the color panel without opening the color selector dialog box.


Document Preview: When creating a new document, you can now preview the orientation and proportions of your document.


More Document Presets: You can start working right away with the latest specs for the newest tablets and smartphones.


Name in the IDML: IDML files retain the file name when you open them in InDesign.

GPI's Multilingual Desktop Publishing Services


Globalization Partners International provides many services for document translation and website translation that involve multilingual desktop publishing services. You may find some of our previous blogs on desktop publishing useful:



Please feel free to contact GPI at with any questions about our language and technology services. Also let us know if you have any interesting blog topics you would like us to cover in our future blogs. You may request a complimentary Translation Quote for your projects as well.

Document Translation
Adobe InDesign, InDesign 2018

The Importance of a Workflow in Sitecore Localization ProjectsHow to Create a Quote for Software Translation Services


  • adobe support numberOn Aug 24, adobe support number said:
    It's easier to create borders that enclose multiple paragraphs using the Paragraph Border feature.
Contact Us FREE Globalization eBooks Request Demo Request Quote

Natanael Arrejín is a native Spanish speaker born in Rosario, Argentina. He has 10 years of experience in multilingual design and desktop publishing including skills on both Mac and PC platforms with application expertise in Adobe Systems Software (including structured and unstructured FrameMaker, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and others). Natanael also has Web Design & Web Development experience including HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and CMSs like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or Magento. His recent training and experience includes what is known as Progressive Web Apps (PWA), with a focus on best practices to convert a WordPress site into a full responsive PWA. He is a passionate worker in desktop and web design and enjoys creating integral solutions for every project he is involved. He has traveled and worked throughout South America.