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Adobe PhotoShop CS Ver. 8.0

Adobe PhotoShop CS Ver. 8.0

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Lori Grunin Senior Editor / Advice
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Expertise Photography, PCs and laptops, gaming and gaming accessories
Lori Grunin

The new InDesign CS will hold its own as the document-layout anchor of Creative Suite and as a standalone DTP package, but as a product update, there's little to write home about.

Upside: Only one of InDesign's enhancements boasts universal appeal, but it's a biggie: nested styles. For example, you can now define a style format that carries format info for both the paragraph's initial cap and the body text. That can be a big time-saver, especially for layouts intended for multiple targets, such as print and online. Adobe also claims to have improved performance.

Downside: Though important in their various contexts, the rest of InDesign's mostly subtle updates will likely appeal to only niche segments of its users--those with output intended for offset printers or XML documents.

Outlook: Even if Adobe had left InDesign untouched and QuarkXPress hadn't rolled over and died, InDesign would still be the winner for complex desktop-publishing tasks. So when it ships at the end of this year, the $699 price tag won't seem unreasonable. However, justifying the $169 upgrade might be more difficult.