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Adobe InDesign CS3 sneak peek

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Thu May 25, 2006

InDesign CS3 sneak peek

Adobe has released some early information about InDesign CS3, which is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2007. The media company unveiled only a small sampling of the software's feature set, but that was enough to convince InDesignSecrets.com that Adobe is committed to helping design professionals to impress their audiences. The demo was run on a MacBook Pro, proving that Adobe is working to release its applications for Apple's latest hardware. InDesign CS3 will feature object events, with object effects allowing users to apply Photoshop-like effects such as emboss and bevel to any InDesign object, including text. Transparency effects can be applied to an object's fill, stroke, or contents individually, and users can select multiple files in the "Place" dialog box. With a year before the company ships InDesign CS3, the features already presented bode well for designers.




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  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Too long...

    ...from now. Hopefully that's an over-inflated estimate and they'll be ready by MWSF 2007.

    Though I must admit, it's better that they get it done well rather than fast... I'm just annoyed they didn't take the time they've had since the initial OS X transition to move their codebase from Carbon to Cocoa.

  1. xoch

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    obviously

    timed to compete with the release of Quark 7. And whatever the merits of ID, it doesn't seem to have the adoption rate they were hoping for.

  1. alansky

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Actually...

    Actually, graphic designers are among the most reactionary computer users when it comes to change. Large numbers of them still use Quark 4 in Classic mode! Considering this fact, InDesign has been a resounding success to date and should continue to increase its share of the market going forward, especially if Quark continues to offer underwhelming upgrades like this one.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    switcher

    As a longtime Quark user when InDesign CS came out I upgraded from Photoshop and got the CS1 suite. I had a large project that I dedicated to using InDesign to create. I have not used Quark since. I did sign up for the Quark 7 beta program, and was underwhelmed at the improvements since Quark 4.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    b*******

    what they need to be telling us is why there isn't a vertical align option for text boxes in illustrator!!!! I mean seriously, you're going to add character and paragraph styles, but no vertical align??? w t f .. oh yeah, and how come the only app you can drag-adjust type attributes in is PS??? whats up with that??

    As far as indesign features, they need to make the canvas function like PS where you can free-drag anywhere - I'm tired of finding the bottom of the page and having to zoom out to make my edit.. yeah, and illustrator style and symbol libraries should be cross-app compatible with ID..

    grrrrrr

  1. kcmagnus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Too much...

    Way too much complaining gong on here. What are your alternatives. If you think there is something better out there, go and use it.

  1. misterdna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Vertical Align for Text?

    What do you mean by "vertical align option for text boxes"?

  1. ericob

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    on a MacBook Pro? Really?

    "The demo was run on a MacBook Pro, proving that Adobe is working to release its applications for Apple's latest hardware." Well, first: I HOPE to heck Adobe is writing InDesign 5 (or is it 6) slash CS3 for Macs with Intel processors!! since that's likely the only kind of Mac there will be when CS3 finally ships 13 months from now.

    Second: MacBook Pro is hardly going to be the "latest hardware" when Adobe finally gets its act together and ships the Mac version of their CS products.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    too much... ??

    Just because something is good doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement - with that logic Adobe shouldn't develop CS3 at all and we should just keep using CS2 for the rest of our lives. I only gripe because that particular features absence is annoying + in hopes that they continue to innovate. No slam on Adobe, I'm a beta-tester and have been using them since the beginning (ai88, ps1).

    vertical align... top, center, bottom in relation to the text box area

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