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Adobe updates Creative Suite

New publishing software more closely mimics features of Adobe's popular image-editing application.

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Adobe Systems is overhauling its publishing applications to more closely resemble its popular Photoshop program in a bid to sway designers who are already using the image-editing software.

Creative Suite 3, in addition to having metadata tags, will allow designers to create dynamic frames that automatically format images.

The new version of InDesign, which is part of the CS3 package, will also have the ability to import multiple images in one step, according to Adobe. It will have expanded transparency capabilities and new features that mimic Photoshop tools.

The idea is to take advantage of the popularity of Photoshop and to emphasize the integration of features from one step to the next in CS3. In doing so, Adobe hopes to lure designers away from rival Quark, said Chad Siegel, the senior product manager for InDesign.

"Adobe's strategy is to have the best solution on how to integrate products to streamline workflow, not to have one product to do everything, which seems to be the strategy of our competitor," Siegel said.

New versions of the applications will be available in the spring of 2007, according to Adobe. That's also when Photoshop and Creative Suite will become available with Intel-based Macs, according to an earlier Adobe announcement.

The announcement of the applications overhaul comes shortly after the company warned that its second-quarter revenue will be below estimates due to weaker-than-anticipated demand in North America and Europe.


Correction: This report incorrectly described Adobe's Creative Suite and InDesign. The current software versions have metadata tags.