updated 10:25 pm EST, Thu November 29, 2007
PUB2ID 1.5, Suitcase 12.17
Preflight and conversion mogul Markzware recently unveiled the final release of Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign 1.5, or PUB2ID, while Extensis has announced Mac OS 10.5 Leopard support in Suitcase Fusion 12.1.7. PUB2ID is designed to convert Microsoft Publisher files, from versions 2002 through 2007, to Adobe InDesign CS2 and CS3, with the exception of Publisher 2007 documents that are converted to XPS format. The plugin supports a number of Publisher formatting options, including: page size, positioning, color models, fonts and styles, text attributes and labels, layers, word wrap, linked text boxes, and automatic extraction of embedded images. Markzware says that PUB2ID works with both Mac and Windows versions of InDesign, and that it is currently available for $200, with 5- and 10-seat licenses as optional purchases.
Suitcase Fusion - Extensis' professional font management utility - is officially certified to run on Leopard. While Extensis says that Suitcase has not exhibited Leopard-specific problems, the update is designed to allow the app to automatically adjust important system settings, rather than require the user to adjust them manually. The update also ensures that Leopard's new system fonts can be managed by Suitcase Fusion. Extensis is offering the update to Suitcase Fusion 12.1.7 for free to all registered users, and new users are able to purchase the app for $100 from the company's online store.