First Look: Adobe InDesign 2.0 Now Available

Tuesday Jan 22nd 2002 by SmallBusinessComputing Staff
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Adobe's premier desktop publishing program offers new features that include transparency effects, XML support, and a beefed-up printing interface.

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced the immediate availability of Adobe InDesign 2.0 software, Adobe's professional layout and design program. Version 2.0 introduces editable transparency effects such as drop shadows, table creation, long document support, extensible markup language (XML) import/export support and a greatly enhanced printing interface.

Adobe says that InDesign 2.0 enables creative professionals to more effectively create, manage and deliver visually rich content to multiple channels including print, Web, eBooks and PDAs. In addition, this upgrade supports Adobe's XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) technology, an XML-based framework for embedding, tracking and exchanging metadata so that content can be deployed more efficiently across different media.

Performance enhancements should make InDesign 2.0 significantly faster. In addition, InDesign 2.0 is designed to provide native support for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP and tighter integration with other Adobe products including Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. According to the company, graphic designers, production artists, and prepress professionals in advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, and book publishers are adopting InDesign 2.0 worldwide.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe InDesign 2.0 is available immediately to customers in the United States and Canada through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com. Estimated street price in the United States is US$699 for the full product with a special 90-day upgrade offer in the United States and Canada of US$99 (US$149 thereafter).

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