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Adobe InDesign

Adobe Indesign is the professional page layout software preferred by publishing and design professionals.

Adobe InDesign CS 2: a new generation?

With InDesign Adobe has introduced a new generation of DTP tools to the market and, probably, sounded the warning for PageMaker to move over. Many users look concerned at the future and at the possible end of FrameMaker. Meanwhile, version 4 of InDesign - better known by the name "CS2" - is offering a few functionalities that promise more flexibility for Technical Documentation than the classic FrameMaker.

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What are the top 10 new features in Adobe InDesign CS2?

The top 10 new features in Adobe InDesign CS2 are:

  • Adobe Bridge
    Browse, organize, label, and preview graphics, as well as InDesign documents, templates, and snippets. Drag and drop assets from Adobe Bridge into layouts more easily and efficiently. Search for files using metadata, such as keywords, colors, and fonts used.
  • Object styles
    Apply and globally update object-level formatting more efficiently using object styles. Save a wide range of graphic, text, and frame-level attributes as object styles to create more consistent designs and speed up production tasks.
  • Control visibility of layers in Adobe Photoshop and PDF files
    Selectively display layers and layer comps in Photoshop files, and layers in Adobe PDF files, to experiment with different design options or use multiple variations of a file in your layout-all while linking to a single file.
  • InDesign snippets
    Easily export InDesign objects as snippets, which can be shared with colleagues or reused in other documents. When you place or drag a snippet into a layout, InDesign recreates the original objects, their formatting, and their relative positioning on the page.
  • Tighter integration with Adobe InCopy CS2
    Collaborate more closely with editors through the new Adobe InCopy CS2 LiveEdit workflow, which enables designers and editors to work in parallel on an InDesign layout without overwriting each other's changes. With the new assignments workflow, you can break up access to documents among multiple editors by assigning only those elements that different editors need to work on-whether that's specific frames on a page, on one or more spreads, or across a document.
  • Ability to open InDesign CS2 files in InDesign CS
    Export your InDesign CS2 document to the InDesign Interchange format (INX) to share with people still working in InDesign CS.
  • Anchored objects
    Easily anchor callouts, pull quotes, margin notes, and graphics to text. Precisely control the positioning of anchored objects, apply text wrap settings, and more.
  • Significantly enhanced Microsoft Word/RTF import filter
    Automatically style Microsoft Word files on import by mapping Word styles to InDesign styles. Also resolve style name conflicts at import, preserve local overrides while removing other formatting, and save Word import settings as presets for future use.
  • Smart text handling
    Drag and drop text within and between text frames, tables, views, and documents. Automatically strip the original formatting from copy as you paste it, so that the pasted text will inherit the formatting applied at its new location. Preview fonts in WYSIWYG font menus.
  • Enhanced XML support
    Import XML files using enhanced import options, which give you flexible control and make it easier to achieve the results you want. Create a link to an XML file on import for easier updating. Apply XML tags to InDesign tables, and then import XML content into or export it from those tables.

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Unable to save InDesign CS2 files in InDesign CS format?

The Save As Type menu (Windows) or the Format menu (Mac OS) in the Save As dialog box doesn't list InDesign CS as an option.

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InDesign CS crashes when you try to open an INX file from InDesign CS2?

InDesign CS requires the InDesign CS 3.0.1 April 2005 (CS2 Compatibility Update) to open INX files created in InDesign CS2.

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Transparency issues?

Here are quick answers to common problems:

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Why do my images appear in low resolution?


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What is Adobe Creative Suite 2?

Adobe Creative Suite 2 is the next generation upgrade to Adobe's creative professional software. It's a unified design environment that combines full new versions of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, GoLive CS2, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional software with enhanced Version Cue CS2 file manager, new Adobe Bridge visual file browser, and new Adobe Stock Photos. New features also include the ability to manage color settings centrally and common Adobe PDF settings. Delivering the next level of integration in creative software, Adobe Creative Suite 2 enables you to realize your ideas anywhere-in print, on the Web, or on mobile devices.

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What are Adobe Bridge and Adobe Stock Photos?

Adobe Bridge

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Adobe InDesign PageMaker Edition and Adobe PageMaker Plug in Pack?

Acobe has incorporated all of the functionality first introduced in Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition and the PageMaker Plug-in pack into InDesign CS2, so these separate products are no longer necessary. Both the InDesign CS PageMaker Edition and the PageMaker Plug-in Pack were originally created to help PageMaker users more easily make the switch to InDesign (users could either license the PageMaker Edition, or, if they'd already licensed InDesign CS, they could add on the PageMaker Plug-in Pack to make it match PageMaker Edition). Now InDesign CS2 includes these features as part of its core functionality, just for PageMaker users:

  • Publication converter for PageMaker 6.0 files
    Convert PageMaker 6.0 document and templates to InDesign CS2 format, and in some cases even fix damaged PageMaker files or open previously unopenable PageMaker files (with limitations). This capability expands the conversion support that has been available in InDesign since version 1.0: the ability to open PageMaker 6.5-7.x and QuarkXPress 3.3-4.x documents.
  • InBooklet Special Edition (SE) plug-in
    Automatically rearrange a document's pages into printer spreads for professional printing with complete control over margins, gaps, bleeds, creep, and crossover traps-a process known as imposition. Choose among 2-up saddle stitch, 2-up perfect bound, and 2, 3-, and 4-up consecutive.
  • Automated bullets and numbering
    Automatically create and style bulleted and numbered lists or save them as part of paragraph styles. Numbered lists update automatically when changes are made.
  • Data merge
    Create customized publications, such as catalogs, direct mail campaigns, business cards, form letters, and mailing labels by merging data from a spreadsheet or database into your InDesign layouts.
  • Position tool
    Resize and move images and their frames or reposition content in relation to frames using the handy Position tool, which works similarly to the Crop tool in PageMaker.
  • PageMaker compatible keyboard shortcuts
    Work at peak efficiency by switching the keyboard shortcuts in InDesign CS2 to match the shortcuts you've already learned for PageMaker.
  • PageMaker toolbar
    Enjoy easy access to commonly used commands through a Windows-style toolbar similar to ones used in Acrobat and Microsoft Word. Available for both Mac OS and Windows users.

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How does InDesign CS2 work with other Adobe products?

Adobe InDesign CS2 is designed to integrate tightly with Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, GoLive CS2, InCopy CS2, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional. InDesign CS2 shares common commands, palettes, tools, and keyboard shortcuts with Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, and InCopy CS2-so it's easy to apply what you know about one program to learning another and to move from program to program efficiently. It simplifies the workflow involved in laying out and updating graphics by importing native Photoshop and Illustrator files. And it imports and exports Acrobat 7.0, 6.0, 5.0, and 4.0 PDF files. InDesign CS2 and InCopy CS2 work together to provide robust editorial workflow management for small creative teams. The enhanced Package for GoLive command offers a compelling new, visually oriented workflow for designers who want to repurpose InDesign assets as Web pages in GoLive.

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What is Adobe InCopy?

What is Adobe InCopy and how is it relevant to InDesign users?

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How do I open a QuarkXPress document with Adobe InDesign?

  • InDesign only opens Quark 3 and 4 single language documents. InDesign CS2 can open QuarkXPress Passport 3 or 4 files.
  • QuarkXPress Passport documents must be saved to a single-language file unless you are using InDesign CS2.
  • InDesign cannot open QuarkXPress 5 or newer documents. QuarkXPress 7 can export down to version 6. QuarkXPress 6 can save down to version 5. QuarkXPress 5 can save down to version 4.
  • InDesign may have trouble opening QuarkXPress documents where third party XTs were used. Try saving your document from QuarkXPress without these XTs enabled.
  • After conversion, some graphics may be set as 'non-printing'. You can correct this easily with a free script from here.
  • InDesign CS has improved ability over InDesign 2 to open Quark documents.

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Is it possible to convert QuarkXPress documents to InDesign CS2 format?

Quark has chosen to encrypt the XPress 5.0 and 6.0 file formats. Because of this decision, InDesign CS2 cannot directly open and convert XPress 5.0 and 6.0 files. By contrast, the InDesign file format is not encrypted, so it better supports and adapts to a wide variety of workflows.

  • Mac OS users: There is one solution for converting your XPress 5.0-6.5 documents to InDesign. A third-party plug-in developer, MarkzWare, produces MarkzTools 5.5, a plug-in to QuarkXPress 4.x and 5.x for the Mac that can open your XPress 6.x files and save them back to XPress 4.x format. You can then open those files in Adobe InDesign CS, which is able to convert files from XPress 3.3-4.x. Please note that new XPress 6.0 features may not be supported when you save backwards to QuarkXPress 4.x format.
  • Windows users: Unfortunately, there are no solutions available at this time for Windows users of XPress 5.0 or 6.0 to move their files to InDesign. Should any options become available in the future, we will provide information about those solutions.

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InDesign through Trados StoryCollector?

Trados offers little plug-ins as part of all its versions of the Workbench product that support InDesign versions 2 or CS (the plug-ins are stored under C:\Program Files\TRADOS\Txx_xx\FI\IND- follow the instructions in the help file on how to install the plug-ins). Once you have installed the plug-in and opened the InDesign file, you will see a new Trados menu with all the necessary commands to export and re-import your file. The exported text can be translated either within Trados TagEditor or any other tools that support the InDesign export format. It works like a charm, and the import, once the translation is finished, works just as well. SDLX and Star Transit (with a separate plug-in) also offer the option of translating InDesign files, but again just for versions 2 and CS. SDL is working on the development of products that support CS2 files for Trados and SDLX, but these are still in the pre-beta phase. And the only way to down-save an InDesign CS2 file is by exporting it into an InDesign-specific XML format (INX) and importing this into the CS version.

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