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Adobe InCopy CS Streamlines and Enhances Collaborative Editorial Workflows

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--Sept. 29, 2003-- Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced Adobe InCopy CS, a new and improved version of the professional writing and editing program that integrates tightly with Adobe InDesign CS and the all-new Adobe Creative Suite (also announced today). InCopy CS puts copyfitting control back in the hands of editors. With a new editorial workflow technology that allows writers, editors and designers to work simultaneously on the same InDesign CS document, InCopy CS streamlines editorial revision and review cycles, reducing the amount of time it takes to get a publication to press. Previously only available through systems integrators and third-party developers servicing large publishing enterprises, Adobe InCopy CS will now also be sold directly from the Adobe store (www.adobe.com/store), bringing InCopy in reach of small editorial teams for the first time. "Customers working in smaller workgroups that have a need for a collaborative editorial workflow will greatly benefit from the tight integration between InCopy CS and InDesign CS," said Jim Heeger, senior vice president of Creative Professional Products at Adobe. "In addition, as InCopy and InDesign make headway in large publishing houses, our system integrators and third-party developer partners will continue to deliver the workhorse solutions required by editorial workgroups in large, database-driven, publishing environments." Originally designed for large publishing companies, InCopy CS is extending its market reach by providing a professional editorial workflow solution for small workgroups of less than 10 people -- in ad agencies, design firms, newspapers and magazines -- through an innovative bridge technology that enables InDesign CS and InCopy CS to work together right out of the package. With InCopy CS, writers and editors have more control over the integrity of their copy, reducing editorial revision cycles and enhancing collaboration among editors and designers. Maintain Copy Integrity Through Page Visualization Tight integration between InDesign and InCopy, provides 100 percent accurate line-break information, while alternative document views -- galley view, story view, layout view -- allow editors to see how the copy and page layout interact. Using text macros, keyboard shortcuts, dynamic spell checking, a Thesaurus Palette, and robust find and change options, InCopy CS users can quickly and efficiently perform everyday editorial tasks. Meanwhile quick access to detailed document statistics such as word, line and character counts, as well as vertical depth measurement, makes copyfitting easier. Work Smarter with Parallel Workflow Together, Adobe InCopy CS and Adobe InDesign CS set the foundation for a true parallel workflow between editors and designers. Using editorial workflow technology and simple file check-in and check-out, editors and designers can work on the same content simultaneously without overwriting each other's changes. In-line notes and change tracking tools let editors review and collaborate more closely, while support for XML allows InCopy CS to integrate into a wide variety of cross-media publishing workflows. "Adobe InCopy CS will be vital to our ability to publish across media," said Nick Passmore, Head of Editorial Systems Development at Guardian Newspapers Ltd. "Its native file format is XML, opening up exciting possibilities for generating new types of products and publishing more cost-effectively by using material in multiple presentations and media such as print and the Web." "Adobe InCopy CS software will be integral to our upstream publishing workflow, enabling copy editors to accurately copy-fit alongside artists who will be carrying out real-time design using InDesign," said Fraser Crozier, technical development at Pacific Publications. "InCopy CS offers greatly enhanced performance, bringing us closer to concurrent copy editing and design and a far more streamlined workflow." Pricing and Availability InCopy CS for Mac OS X version 10.2, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Windows XP (Home and Professional Editions) will be available in the fourth (calendar) quarter of 2003 to customers in the United States and Canada through the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store. Estimated street price for the full version will be US$249 for all platforms. InCopy will also be available through Adobe-authorized system integrators. Pricing and availability will be determined by systems integrators based on individual installations. For more detailed information about Adobe InCopy CS, please visit: www.adobe.com/incopy.