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InDesign 2.0 Sets New Standards for Layout and Design Software

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--Sept. 24, 2001-- Adobe Systems Incorporated , the leader in network publishing, today announced the new version of its professional layout and design program, Adobe InDesign 2.0. Developed with the feedback of graphics professionals worldwide, InDesign 2.0 software helps solve many layout and design problems customers have today and delivers the tools to manage cross-media publishing now and in the future. New features such as extensible markup language (XML) import and export support, transparency, table creation, long document support, a superior printing interface, native Mac OS X support and tighter integration with other Adobe products, enables graphic designers, production artists and prepress professionals to exercise design innovation and improve productivity. Industry visionary Roger Black is chairman of DaniloBlack Inc., a firm that produces print and interactive design, and where creativity and efficiency are respectively the soul and lifeblood of the business. "With this version of InDesign, Adobe is introducing a new, more collaborative way of publishing that better meets the needs of the current media industry and gives design and publishing firms many new features that promote creativity,'' said Black. "Its superior design tools, great integration with Adobe products, and enhanced tools for developers give InDesign a clear edge for our designers and our publishing clients.'' Creativity Without Limits New creativity features in InDesign remove arbitrary limits faced by today's professional designers. The transparency feature is the first of its kind for page layout software, allowing designers to quickly and easily produce and edit effects that previously required other applications to accomplish. Users can apply editable drop shadows, feathering, and opacity settings to objects, and can place transparent Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files into InDesign. With the new table creation features, designers can quickly turn tab-delimited text into tables or import styled Microsoft Word and Excel tables directly. Plus, they can refine these tables by instantly applying color fills to alternating rows, adjusting row height and column width, inserting inline graphics into cells, and more. Enhanced Productivity and Performance InDesign 2.0 delivers the long document support customers need. Designers can group related documents into book lists to number pages and generate tables of contents and indexes. The streamlined new printing interface reflects the input of hundreds of print professionals and ensures that InDesign fits smoothly and reliably into a wide variety of professional print workflows. Performance enhancements make InDesign 2.0 significantly faster. Increased Integration InDesign 2.0 integrates more tightly than ever with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat through its Adobe standard user interface, native file import and direct export of Adobe PDF files. In addition, these Adobe applications share core technologies such as the Adobe Color Engine, so designers can produce more reliable color. With native support for Mac OS X (version 10.1), InDesign easily supports the latest Macintosh systems. InDesign and Network Publishing InDesign 2.0 enables creative professionals to more effectively create, manage and deliver visually rich content to multiple channels including print, Web and PDAs. With the new Structure View and Tag palette, InDesign introduces built-in, extensible support for exporting Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as well as importing and exporting XML files. This enables an exchange of assets that helps close the gap between professional print and web workflows, and also provides tighter integration with products like Adobe GoLive software. Through its tagged Adobe PDF support, InDesign exports graphically rich eBooks that can be viewed on different devices. InDesign also supports Adobe's XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) for embedding metadata in documents. Pricing and Availability Adobe InDesign 2.0 will be available in the first (calendar) quarter of 2002 to customers in the United States and Canada through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com. Estimated street price will be US$699 for the full product with a special 90-day upgrade offer of US$99 (US$149 thereafter). If you purchase InDesign 1.5 on or after September 24, 2001, you can upgrade to InDesign 2.0 for free directly from Adobe (with proof of purchase). For more detailed information about new features and upgrade policies for Adobe InDesign, please visit: www.adobe.com/products/indesign.

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