March 13
Adobe To Ship New Versions of InDesign, FrameMaker
InDesign offers 70 new features

by David Nagel
Senior producer

Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., says it expects to ship a new version of InDesign next month. The company says InDesign 1.5 will add 70 new features, including text on a path, built-in trapping, eyedropper tool, printer and PDF export styles and PDF scripting. The new version is expected to sell for $699. Users of InDesign 1.0 wil be able to upgrade for $99. Volume pricing will be available. Other features include:

  • Vertical justification;
  • Enhanced color controls;
  • Pencil tool;
  • Plug-in manager;
  • Free transform tool;
  • Binding spine control;
  • Alpha channel support;
  • Enhanced text wrap.

The software also offers several editorial and production improvements. On the editorial side, InDesign 1.5 will allow users to make changes on the fly when dealing with threaded text between frames. It also has new copyfitting options. On the production side, improvements include the ability to speed up the rendering of high-resolution images on screen. And the Find Font command provides a list of all the fonts that have been used in a document.

For more information, visit Adobe's InDesign information center at http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/main.html.

Adobe has also announced a new version of FrameMaker and FrameMaker + SGML, both of which are going into version 6.0. New features offered in the FrameMaker 6.0 applications include enhanced Web support and improved book management capabilities. The software also offers XML output functionality and integration with Adobe Acrobat and AdobeGoLive. Multichannel publishing allows FrameMaker users to publish content to a variety of media—Web, CD-ROM and print—using XML, HTML and PDF. FrameMaker 6.0 + SGML offers the same funtionality upgrades and includes aditional support for SGML.

The U.S. version of FrameMaker 6.0 is expected to sell at an estimated street price of U.S. $799 for Mac and Windows platforms, and $1,329 for the UNIX personal version. The U.S. version of FrameMaker 6.0 + SGML is expected to sell at an estimated street price of U.S. $1,449 for Mac and Windows and UNIX personal version. The U.S. version of FrameViewer is expected to sell at an estimated street price of U.S. $49. The software is expected to be available this spring. For more information visit http://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker.

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