SAN JOSE, Calif.--Jan. 5, 2004-- Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition, an extension to InDesign CS to help PageMaker users make a quick and successful transition to InDesign, the award-winning layout and design package. Developed to meet the future layout and design needs of PageMaker customers, InDesign CS PageMaker Edition includes a full version of Adobe InDesign CS software plus an innovative PageMaker Plug-in Pack, templates, and training materials.
Released to industry acclaim in October 2003, Adobe InDesign CS delivers powerful production capabilities, creative freedom and cross-media support -- enabling customers to design, lay out and print pages, as well as export content to the Web, more rapidly and reliably. InDesign CS PageMaker Edition allows PageMaker users to quickly upgrade to InDesign CS and work smarter and faster on future-looking technology platforms.
"InDesign's modern code-base provides the best long-term solution for PageMaker customers who are looking to take advantage of the latest advances in hardware design and operating system innovation," said Jim Heeger, senior vice president of Creative Professional Products at Adobe. "InDesign CS PageMaker Edition is the fastest and easiest way for PageMaker users to upgrade to the next-generation publishing platform."
InDesign CS, the Future of Professional Layout and Design
Outpacing the competition with a new feature-packed release, InDesign CS is loaded with powerhouse production features and new creative tools for professional page layout and design. InDesign supports PageMaker workflows, Mac OS X Panther and has native file support for Adobe Photoshop CS and Illustrator CS assets. PageMaker users will find increased productivity through features such as Story Editor, to provide integrated word-processing functionality. The context-sensitive Control Palette efficiently formats text, edits objects and fine-tunes tables in one location on a workspace. In addition, InDesign CS provides advanced design capabilities with drop shadows, superior typographical controls and editable transparency controls.
PageMaker Plug-in Pack Adds Enhanced Features
The Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack adds essential PageMaker capabilities to InDesign CS, extending conversion support to now include PageMaker 6.0 documents, as well as 6.5-7.x and QuarkXPress 3.3-4x files. In addition, the ALAP InBooklet Special Edition plug-in automatically rearranges a document's pages at print time into an imposition with complete control over margins, gaps, bleeds, creep and crossover traps. Other features include automated bullets and numbering, Data merge, the Position tool which works similarly to the Crop tool in PageMaker, and the ability to switch keyboard shortcuts in InDesign CS to match PageMaker shortcuts. To fast-track new projects, a template browser integrates over 80 professional templates created by leading designers, covering advertisements, business cards, certificates and letterhead design. Helping users get the most from InDesign and build on their existing PageMaker experience, Total Training video instruction discs also accompany Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition.
"Adobe understands the importance of maintaining a consistent yet flexible look-and-feel across multiple media," said Kirsti Scott, creative director at Scott Design. "I wanted to create a design template that had real-world relevance. The template provides a simple way to produce professional-looking pieces that have a unified look, so users don't have to spend hours to create banners, postcards, and in-store flyers with a creative flair."
Pricing and Availability
Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2004 to customers in the United States and Canada through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com. For registered users who own any version of Adobe PageMaker, the estimated street price will be US$349. InDesign CS PageMaker Edition will be available to educators (with any registered version of PageMaker) for the estimated street price of US$219. For more information please visit www.adobe.com/products/indesign/pm_ind.html.
Customers can purchase and download the Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack from the Adobe Store for US$49. The Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack is expected to be included with the Adobe Creative Suite Premium Edition in Spring 2004, for an estimated street price of US$1,229 and the Adobe Creative Suite Standard Edition for an estimated street price of US$999. For more information about the Adobe Creative Suite, please visit www.adobe.com/creativesuite.
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