What is Adobe InCopy

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What is Adobe InCopy?

What is Adobe InCopy and how is it relevant to InDesign users?
Adobe InCopy CS2 software is a professional writing and editing program that integrates tightly with Adobe InDesign CS2 to deliver a complete solution for collaborative editorial workflow. It is designed to scale to the needs of small, medium, and large content publishers. A version of InCopy is available directly from Adobe for small workgroups. Medium-to-large publishers can acquire powerful editorial solutions based on InCopy CS2 and InDesign CS2 from third-party developers and systems integrators.
InCopy CS2 for small workgroups includes editorial workflow technology that enables designers and editors to work on the same InDesign CS2 document simultaneously without interfering with each other's work. InCopy CS2 gives editors 100% accurate information about line breaks and up-to-the-minute visual feedback about page design, so editors can copyfit text with complete insight into how the copy and design interact. This support for parallel workflows reduces the number of review and revision cycles, and ultimately streamlines the time it takes to get publications to market. It also puts copy-fitting control back in the hands of editors who have more control over the integrity of their editorial content.

How does InCopy CS2 differ from the Story Editor in InDesign CS2?
InCopy CS2 is a full editorial solution that's designed to support more efficient workgroup publishing by giving designers and editors simultaneous access to the same InDesign layouts without fear of overwriting each other's work. In addition, InCopy provides powerful customizable editorial tools and cross-media publishing support. In contrast, the Story Editor in InDesign provides excellent word-processing and copyfitting support for a single user working on an InDesign layout.

Why is InCopy CS2 only offered separately from Adobe Creative Suite 2?
Professional editors are the primary users of InCopy CS2 and generally don't require the full functionality of Adobe Creative Suite 2, while the designers they work with do. As a result, it makes sense to offer InCopy and the suite separately. Designers can make full use of Adobe Creative Suite 2, while the editors they work with can easily integrate standalone InCopy CS2 with InDesign CS2 in a collaborative editorial workflow.