Adobe InDesign CS2
The changes to Adobe InDesign CS2 are mainly evolutionary, aside from the new integration, which allows users to share assets with other Creative Suite applications. InDesign debuted in 1999 as the killer, designed (excuse the pun) to unseat XPress's virtual monopoly in the page-layout market. Despite Quark's repeated missteps and slow updates with QuarkXPress, InDesign hasn't yet outsold its rival. Nevertheless, Adobe has made serious inroads with its print production software, thanks to advanced typography, transparencies, and nested styles, plus support for Mac OS X, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. The result is a worthwhile upgrade for multitasking designers who like to switch between Adobe apps.
Most notably, Adobe InDesign CS2 expands its integration capabilities, especially with Photoshop CS2. To start, InDesign CS2 lets you turn on and off layer visibility from Photoshop and PDF files. And InDesign CS2 makes it easier than ever to import Word and RTF files, drag and drop formatted text from other programs, and support XML documents. You can also save files back to the older InDesign CS, enhancing compatibility.
The major features introduced by InDesign CS2 are the time-saving Snippets and Object Styles. InDesign CS2 lets you save items, such as text, as Snippet files. You can send the Snippets to other users or even drag and drop them with their formatting intact into other InDesign documents. Object Styles allow you to create InDesign objects and preserve their attributes, such as font types and drop shadows, for later use. Ideally, you could use this feature to quickly create documents that repeat formatted elements, like programs such asallow.
Adobe InDesign CS2 shares with the rest of the Creative Suite the new Adobe Help Center, a window that allows you to look up topics or ask questions. However, simple queries sometimes return irrelevant answers. The Help Center's More Resources button takes you to the familiar options of online training, tips, and tutorials, and forums. Phone support for installation and product-defect issues is free, via a toll number. Expert Support calls cost $39 per incident, and unlimited calls require a $159 annual subscription.