InDesign 2.0

The Good Excellent typography tools; new transparency and long-document features; comprehensive settings for output to multiple formats.

The Bad Feeble search and replace; can't create bulleted lists, automatic numbering, or footnotes.

The Bottom Line Choose InDesign for the most sophisticated desktop publishing tasks. Sorry, Quark. InDesign is our new DTP of choice.

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Review

InDesign 2.0

Dec 2001

Adobe Systems created InDesign to woo you away from QuarkXPress, which currently dominates the high-end desktop publishing niche. The first InDesign releases had a lukewarm reception; the program was underpowered and not worth the trouble of converting files from Quark. However, InDesign 2.0 is a different story. Adobe has supercharged this program with tables, transparency controls, long-document features, and output in both HTML and XML (a coding language for documents similar to HTML but far more flexible). We think the new features make InDesign the top choice for producing four-color magazines, books, and corporate identity material as well as onscreen documents, such as PDF files, e-books, and Web pages. In fact, InDesign's multipurpose output and fabulous typography tools finally push it through Quark's glass ceiling. Move over, Quark. InDesign finally has you beat.Adobe Systems created InDesign to woo you away from QuarkXPress, which currently dominates the high-end desktop publishing niche. The first InDesign releases had a lukewarm reception; the program was underpowered and not worth the trouble of converting files from Quark. However, InDesign 2.0 is a different story. Adobe has supercharged this program with tables, transparency controls, long-document features, and output in both HTML and XML (a coding language for documents similar to HTML but far more flexible). We think the new features make InDesign the top choice for producing four-color magazines, books, and corporate identity material as well as onscreen documents, such as PDF files, e-books, and Web pages. In fact, InDesign's multipurpose output and fabulous typography tools finally push it through Quark's glass ceiling. Move over, Quark. InDesign finally has you beat.

Not for amateurs
If you're looking for a friendly desktop publisher with wizards, templates, and context-sensitive help, this is not the layout app for you. For starters, its largely uncustomizable, Adobe-standard interface sports a small toolbar and a mishmash of tabbed palettes in small type that only a user with excellent eyesight could love. You can nest palettes together, dock them on the side of the display, and add keyboard shortcuts for some functions, but that's about it. If you're familiar with other Adobe products, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, however, you'll find the interface comfortable and familiar.

To set up a document, define the desired page size, margins, and columns, then place text and graphics on the page; you can either import whole files or type text and create drawings with InDesign's flexible illustration tools. Unlike Quark, with a rigid Place command that makes you select a specific cursor and have a text or graphic box ready to receive the file, InDesign's easy File > Place command lets you import any type of file, regardless of the currently selected tool, and drops the imported material wherever you designate. This convenience saves extra steps and a lot of time if you are importing many files. InDesign 2.0 also imports QuarkXPress files flawlessly--a nice touch that makes the migration process relatively painless.

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