Send e-mail Download ZIP File You just saw the first new feature when you clicked the First Look button, Page Transitions. There are 22 different page transitions that provide a bit of animation and pizazz when your visitors go to a new page or even leave your site to visit an external link. [Mouse Over Image] There are also 10 transition effects for layers including Fade demonstrated above. Each of the transitions with the exception of Instant can be set for a specific duration so the transition can be very quick, or very leisurely, or anything in between. I’ll cover the web and presentation features later on. But first here are some of the new non-web features. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video speaks volumes. Watch the video above and then we’ll discuss what is taking place. Magic Erase What you just witnessed in the video above is a new feature called Magic Erase. Magic Erase is a function of the Clone Tool. As you can see, you draw an outline around an object that you want to eliminate, Press Magic Erase and in seconds the object is removed. Not only that, if you press the Magic Erase button again a different algorithm is employed and produces a slightly different result. And you can repeat this and audition different results and pick the one that works best. You can use Undo/Redo to review your results. Magic Erase works better with some images than others, such as the image above. Object Snapping has been totally reinvented. When you drag a selected object around the page, a red dashed outline indicates the point from which the object was dragged. As you approach another object a series of snapping guides appear and offers the most appropriate options. In the example shown above, the center of the text is aligned to the center of the circle and is also aligned to the center of the page (two snapping options.) There are three snapping modes which can be toggled on and off while you are dragging a selection: S (toggles the snap lines on and off), G  Group Snapping, the default setting minimizes the number of snap lines, and A Angled Snapping which can snap parallel lines no matter what their angle. Snapping feedback visually displays your options. The blue lines represent a snapping opportunity, red dots indicate actual snapping points. An orange line appears to indicate a selection is being aligned or snapped relative to the page such as a corner, center, etc. Object Snapping provides a very efficient method of intuitive alignment. New Document Tabs It just got easier to keep track of open documents or Views. Every open document and view now appears with its own tab just over the screen rulers and/or at the bottom of the Infobar. If you mouse over the tabs a tool tip tells you if the document has not been saved or provides the complete path to where the document has been saved. Tab icons identify the type of document. And while we’re here, notice how clean and sharp and easily readable the text is. Docked Galleries The galleries are now docked on the right side of the screen. Mouse over any gallery tab and the gallery flies out. There is a small push pin icon at the top of the gallery that pins the gallery open. Click the X to close the gallery. The Locate button in the Page and Layer Gallery lets you select any object on any of the layers and then select that object or text object on the page. Live Copy Live Copies are like Repeating Objects and can appear throughout a document. You can also have several live copies on the same page. But unlike a repeating object, Live Copies are not location dependent. If you edit part of a Live Copy the other copies update intantly. Edit Groups in a Separate Window  While we are speaking of groups, a new feature lets you edit the contents of a group without using Ctrl click to select the objects within the group. It works like this, double-click on a group and a new window opens (that looks just like the current window except the tab on the Infobar reads Edit Inside and the document name). If you have groups inside of groups you can double-click and open another Edit Inside window. Grouped objects are un-grouped and easy to edit. And you can add new objects to the group in the Edit Inside window. You can edit Mould Tool enveloped shapes as well. When you are finished editing, press Ctrl s or click the Save disc icon on the Infobar to close the Edit Inside window and return to your document. Hit Detection Change If you are like me, you have experienced extreme frustration when trying to select a narrow line or object that is on top of other lines or objects (or maybe it’s just me). Now the selection area is a 3 x 3 pixel area so selection is more hit than miss. Cut/Copy Page - Sometimes you want to cut pages from your document and paste them into a new page or a new page in a new document. Now you can. Press Esc to de-select everything on the page. Copy the page (Edit > Copy or Ctrl c). Go to your new page or the new page in a new document and simply paste Ctrl v or Edit > Paste. The page is automatically pasted in place. NOTE: If the option All Pages in Document Are Same Size is checked in Page Options, and the page being pasted is larger than the current page size, the pasted page will be truncated to fit the new page size. In Page View, thumbnail images make it easier to identify your content Press the button to expand to Layer view Drag and drop pages into new positions