InDesign CS6: Animated Progress Bar in Application Bar
InDesign CS5 introduced the Background Tasks Panel to display the progress of PDF exports taking place in the background. Prior to CS5, PDF exports get a giant dialog box that prevents you from continuing to work in InDesign.
In CS6, I just noticed that there is an animated progress bar that appears in the Applications Bar while a PDF export is happening. So if you don’t need the detailed information displayed by the Background Tasks Panel, you can just look up into the Application Bar.