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Adobe InDesign CS2 Leads Next Wave in Publishing

Features superior integration for wider range of workflow and design needs (April 04, 2005)

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the latest version of its layout and design program, Adobe InDesign CS2. Available as a stand-alone software application or as a key component of Adobe Creative Suite 2, also announced today (see separate press release), InDesign CS2 software continues to demonstrate technology leadership by fine tuning the page layout workflow to make it easier, faster, more fluid, and versatile for designers. Over the last two years major magazines, newspapers, book publishers, advertising agencies, graphic design firms, and corporate creative groups have adopted InDesign and continue to achieve significantly higher productivity and more refined creative results.

"Since its launch just five years ago, InDesign has shaken-up the page layout and design market, allowing household-name magazines, newspapers and brands to move to a modern, open standards based publishing workflow," said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief operating officer at Adobe. "InDesign CS2 builds on this market momentum, turbo-charging productivity while keeping creativity at the heart of the publishing process."

Design Efficiency Improves Productivity
InDesign has emerged as a critical tool in the design process, serving as the central place where text, graphics, and images are assembled to prepare final pages for output. InDesign CS2 improves the speed and efficiency of designers in a variety of workflows from text-intensive book, magazine, and newspaper production to high-end XML-based cross-media workflows. Designers can increase productivity and create more consistent designs by saving graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as Object Styles, which are easy to apply and globally update. Exporting objects with the new InDesign snippets features enables users to easily share or repurpose live InDesign content and layouts from part of a page.

The new Adobe Bridge functions as a hub for productivity, imagery and creativity, providing multi-view file browsing and smooth cross-product integration across Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. Adobe Bridge also provides access to Adobe Stock Photos, a new stock photography service that offers users one-stop shopping ? across five elite stock image providers ? to deliver high-quality, royalty-free images for layout and design (see separate press release).

Put Creativity in Control
Adobe InDesign CS2 continues to deliver cutting-edge creativity tools that give designers more control. Designers can experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file layout by selectively displaying layers and layer comps in Adobe Photoshop or layers in Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) - all while linking to a single file. Using anchored objects, users can associate callouts, pull quotes, margin notes, and graphics with specific text, all with precise control over positioning and other attributes. Drag-and-drop text, within or between frames, makes it easy to quickly reuse text in different locations.

Streamlined Workflows
InDesign CS2 simplifies complex editorial, layout automation and print production workflows. Tight integration with Adobe InCopy CS2 software (also announced today) is enabled through the new InCopy LiveEdit workflow plug-ins, an assignments-based approach to editorial collaboration that allows one or more editors to work in parallel with a designer on an InDesign file, without overwriting each other's changes. Content reuse and layout automation is easier in InDesign CS2 with flexible new XML import options, the ability to link to XML files, and new support for tagging tables. Consistent Adobe PDF generation from InDesign CS2 and other components of Adobe Creative Suite 2, also make it easier to collaborate with service providers and streamline production workflows.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe InDesign CS2 for Mac OS X version 10.2.8-10.3.8, Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP, will begin shipping in May to customers in the United States and Canada, and will be available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at International versions are expected to begin shipping in late May and early June. Estimated street price for the full version will be US$699 and upgrade pricing starts at US$169. For more detailed information about new features, upgrade policies and pricing, please visit: Adobe InDesign CS2 is also available as part of Adobe Creative Suite 2.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe is the world's leading provider of software solutions to create, manage and deliver high-impact, reliable digital content.

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