Adobe MAX 2020: Creativity is Nourished by Tough Times

Yesterday saw the beginning of Adobe MAX 2020 with the keynote given by Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President & CEO and Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer (with a sprinkling of Conan O’Brien humor.) The theme was a poignant acknowledgement of both the world’s pandemic and social unrest and the notion that “Now more than ever the world needs creativity” was the perfect introduction to the product and feature demonstrations that were shown.

The virtual conference hosted half a million viewers. The look and feel of this event was strange–no audience, no loud music, no live demonstrations. However, the excitement surrounding the latest products and new features was palpable. There is still one more day’s worth of sessions and most sessions will be available On Demand. Go to Adobe MAX 2020 for more information.

New products include Adobe Illustrator for the iPad and several new mobile apps including Photoshop Express, Photoshop Camera, and Adobe Spark. Creative Cloud libraries have additional collaborative features and Photoshop never disappoints with its new features including Neural Filters and Sky Replacement.

What’s New in InDesign

As for the application we are most interested in, Adobe InDesign 2021 (v 16.0)–there have been some exciting new features added, including:

  • Seamless content reviews with text annotations
  • Locate colors in your documents
  • Intelligent subject detection and text wrap
  • Use HSB values without RGB translation
  • Detect damaged documents and recover
  • Use navigation points in Media panel

Look for more details on these new features in our upcoming InDesign tips and in our new handbook, Using Adobe InDesign 2021 coming soon. This handbook will provide detailed explanations of all new features within the context of the overall application, and is a complete guide to all things InDesign.

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.