We continue to review Adobe products. InDesign has long been one of the premier layout programs for its simplicity, usability, and functionality. It would seem that the program is exclusively desktop, but Adobe managed to create Comp CC – in fact, a light version of inDesign, well adapted for touch control. With this app, creating a colorful vector layout is as easy as sending a message on WhatsApp …
Before starting work, it is proposed to choose the format of the future layout – from iPhone 6/7 to the web page. After that, a rather laconic toolbar opens, which practically does not take up space from the workspace – if you are a regular reader of our reviews, then remember that Adobe's “drawers” sin like this: Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch.
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It was not by chance that I mentioned at the beginning how well the control is adapted for mobile devices: you just need to draw an approximate shape of an object so that the program will automatically make an even block out of it in a second! Of course, if you wish, you can always use ready-made shapes: all kinds of squares, circles and polygons are in the Shapes section (an icon with a circle and a triangle on the left side of the screen). To undo an action, just swipe right with two fingers.
In addition to colored blocks, you can add blocks of text and images. There are not many fonts in the program, but you can always install any font from your Creative Cloud. A huge plus for Adobe is full font support: for example, my chosen Raleway is available in Thin, Extra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, Extra Bold and Heavy.
It is also pleasing that the colors of the images can be selected not only from the color wheel (which is important, the circle has several modes – including for identifying complementary colors), but also from its own Creative Cloud palettes and palettes created by other users (tab Themes).
There are at least a hundred color layouts available here, so you can find almost any shade. Also, a very important advantage of Comp CC is working with layers. Any block or image can be sent to a layer below or above at any time by simply touching the screen. At the same time, there is no layer map, which, again, simplifies the interface and makes it more understandable.
The finished layout can be sent for revision to desktop applications – from InDesign to Illustrator – as well as uploaded to Bēhance or exported as an image or PDF to your computer via AirDrop, saved to your phone, sent by email, iMessage, or directly to print.
An important detail: exporting a file in high resolution is considered a premium feature and is available for free for a limited time after installation. After that, only those who have purchased an InDesign package can continue to use this feature.
All in all, Comp CC is an excellent addition to Adobe InDesign that allows you to make layout edits when the computer is not at hand: ingenious ideas rarely come to mind when we have all the possibilities to implement them.