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NEWS • Sep. 24, 2001
InDesign 2.0 Second Adobe App for OS X
Next generation publishing system supports Photoshop and Illustrator transparency

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Adobe today announced InDesign 2.0, the forthcoming native Mac OS X release of its page layout and publishing software. Like Illustrator 10, which was also announced today, InDesign 2.0 will also support Mac OS 9. It's scheduled to ship within the first three months of 2002.

Version 2.0 promises faster performance than the current release (1.5.2) in terms of opening, saving and closing documents, as well as importing high-resolution graphics. It will also be able to import native Photoshop and Illustrator files and preserve transparency. (The degree of transparency support is not yet clear. We'll bring you an update when we have more information.)

Other new features, according to Adobe, include:

  • Ability to apply drop shadows, feathering and other editable transparency settings to any object
  • Overprint Preview for proofing spot-color effects and overprint settings
  • able creation tools for turning tab-delimited text into tables in one step
  • Ability to import styled Microsoft Word and Excel tables directly
  • Dynamic graphics preview for cropping and adjusting graphics
  • New, streamlined printing interface
  • Ability to group multiple documents into a book list for numbering pages sequentially and generating tables of contents and indices
  • New control for previewing how a page will print
  • Hyphenation penalty slider for interactively making tradeoffs between spacing and hyphenation
  • A Glyph palette for browsing, selecting and inserting any glyph associated with a font
  • Ability to style text by selecting text frames
  • Direct export of Adobe PDF files in Acrobat 4.0 or 5.0 format
  • Updated Adobe Color Engine for consistent color across InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Ability to open and edit Roman files in the Japanese version of InDesign, and vice versa
  • Built-in support for Adobe Studio (see separate story)
  • Structure view and Tag palette for creating XML
  • Support for importing and exporting well formed XML
  • Ability to collaborate on InDesign files through built-in WebDAV support
  • Easier tracking, management, and retrieval of InDesign documents through Adobe's new XML-based metadata framework
  • Export to rich content formats, including SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), XML or tagged Adobe PDF (eBooks).

Adobe InDesign 2.0 will be available in the first quarter of 2002 for $699. Upgrades will run $99 for the first 90 days of the release, $149 thereafter. Those purchasing InDesign 1.5 on or after today will be able to upgrade for free. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com.

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