InDesign Update in Store

SAN FRANCISCO (03/28/2000) - Designers who balked at buying Adobe Systems Inc.'s InDesign 1.0 may have a new incentive to give the program a shot. The upcoming InDesign 1.5 boasts new features and improvements requested by customers. Adobe says the upgrade streamlines prepress and printing workflow.

InDesign 1.5 promises designers the ability to align text to any path and edit paths more easily. A new eyedropper tool allows users to instantly copy attributes, including text formats, between objects. The program features an improved interface for selecting and editing colors; new drawing tools; and a flexible free-transform tool for rotating and scaling objects. On the production side, InDesign 1.5 offers PDF and printer export styles designed to ensure consistent print settings. And InDesign's expanded AppleScript support should allow users to automate more production processes, including choosing printer styles and creating PDF files.

Unlike QuarkXPress, which provides only low-resolution previews of graphics placed in documents, InDesign 1.5 has an optimized-resolution option. The feature allows users to choose whether specific graphics are shown at enhanced- or full-resolution mode.

InDesign 1.5 should be shipping by the time you read this. It will cost $699; Adobe will offer InDesign 1.0 users an aggressive upgrade price.

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