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Adobe debuts "Universal" InDesign CS3

updated 01:00 am EDT, Tue March 27, 2007

Adobe InDesign CS3

Adobe today announced InDesign CS3 software, the latest version of its professional page layout program. InDesign CS3, available as a stand-alone application or as a component of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions, will be available as a Universal application for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. The application will be highlighted at its NYC launch event/webcast on Tuesday. InDesign CS3 offers new features including Multi-file Place, expanded Quick Apply, Advanced Find/Change, and fast frame fitting, eliminate time consuming and repetitive design tasks; new table and cell styles allow users to quickly format an entire table or apply design to a regional area, such as a header or footer. It also delivers standards-based XHTML export to Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, enabling print content to be repurposed for web publishing.

A built-in XHTML export to Adobe Digital Editions allows InDesign CS3 users to directly generate dynamic, reflow-centric content for Adobe's new Rich Internet Application for reading and managing digital publications. In addition, the addition of automated bullets and numbering and text variables give users the tools to quickly create and maintain design consistency within long documents.

Adobe also said that dynamic generation of page layouts with formatted text and graphics can now be accomplished by applying rules to imported XML content, enabling publishers to automate the creation of richly designed and personalized documents.

In addition, designers can now more freely experiment by applying familiar Photoshop visual effects such as bevel and emboss, as well as satin, with full support for blending modes, opacity, and other options. Finer transparency controls allow users to independently adjust settings on an object's fill, stroke or text for more visual and nuanced design.

New InCopy CS3, InDesign CS3 Server

InDesign CS3 is an integral component of a flexible publishing solution that includes Adobe InCopy CS3 and InDesign CS3 Server. InCopy CS3 is a professional writing and editing program that provides tight integration with InDesign CS3 enabling collaborative editorial workflows between designers, writers and editors. InDesign CS3 Server brings high-end composition and layout to a server platform bringing advanced automation to editorial workflows, collateral creation, data-driven personalized publishing and template-based Web-to-print solutions.

The InDesign product family is fully extensible using standard programming technologies including C++, Javascript, AppleScript and VBScript to create customized solutions that scale to meet publishers' specialized needs.

Adobe InDesign CS3 and Adobe InCopy CS3 will begin shipping in April 2007 to customers in the United States and Canada. Adobe InDesign CS3 is $700, while Adobe InCopy CS3 is $250. Upgrades start at $200. Adobe InDesign CS3 Server will also be available to qualified Adobe developer partners in the second quarter of 2007 with pricing information available through qualified third parties.

by MacNN Staff



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