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Adobe Ends PageMaker Development, Launches InDesign CS PageMaker Edition

New tools designed to ease transition for PageMaker users By Dave Nagel
Adobe has stopped development of PageMaker, one of the company's page layout applications. The company says it will continue to support PageMaker for current users but that development has shifted toward InDesign. As part of the announcement, Adobe has also launched a new version of InDesign called InDesign CS PageMaker Edition, which includes new tools and training materials for PageMaker users migrating to InDesign.

The move on Adobe's part is not a complete surprise. PageMaker has been declining in market share over its near-20-year lifespan, while InDesign has been gaining ground steadily in its three years of existence against chief rival QuarkXPress. Hence the end of PageMaker and the launch of InDesign CS PageMaker Edition.

InDesign CS PageMaker Edition includes the full InDesign CS application, along with add-on tools to bring major PageMaker functionality over to InDesign, as well as training materials and pre-designed templates. We have an in-depth "first look" at the new tools in InDesign CS PageMaker Edition, which you can read here. In short, the new version adds new components via the PageMaker Plug-in Pack, which include: data merge capabilities; imposition via ALAP's InBooklet SE, with support for 2-up saddle stitch, 2-up perfect bound and 2-, 3- and 4-up consecutive styles; a new PageMaker palette for accessing common document functions; a new Position tool, with functionality similar to that of PageMaker's Crop tool; PageMaker keyboard shortcuts; automated bullet and number lists; and a publication converter for accessing PageMaker 6.0 to 7.x documents and templates.

It also includes a new Template Browser window, with functionality similar to that of Photoshop's File Browser. It also includes more than 80 professionally designed templates and training materials designed specifically for PageMaker users migrating to InDesign. (Training includes tutorials, video presentations and special online help.)

Adobe is previewing the new InDesign CS PageMaker Edition this week at the Macworld conference in San Francisco and will launch the product this quarter. For those migrating from PageMaker to InDesign CS, the full package will run $349 for Mac OS X and Windows. (InDesign CS sells for $699 regularly.) Users of InDesign can also purchase and download the PageMaker Plug-in Pack for $49 without the need for a registered version of PageMaker. The Plug-in Pack will also be incorporated into InDesign CS, and those who purchased InDesign within 30 days of this announcement are eligible for an upgrade. We'll bring you more details in our formal review of InDesign CS in the near future. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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