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Adobe Creative Suite Now Shipping With PageMaker Plug-in Pack

Press release from the issuing company

SAN JOSE, Calif.--March 15, 2004-- Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that the Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack is now shipping with Adobe Creative Suite. The PageMaker Plug-in Pack is a set of innovative plug-ins, templates and training materials that help PageMaker users make a quick and successful transition to InDesign CS software, Adobe's award-winning layout and design package that has established itself as a key component of the Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe Creative Suite combines new full-version upgrades of the company's market-leading creative professional software -- Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe InDesign CS, and Adobe GoLive CS. It also incorporates Acrobat 6.0 Professional, and introduces the innovative Version Cue(TM) file version manager. The Plug-in Pack adds essential PageMaker capabilities to Adobe Creative Suite, a complete design platform that gives creative professionals, business users and educators everything they need to publish content to print and the Web faster, more easily, and more efficiently than ever. "Adobe Creative Suite with the PageMaker Plug-in Pack is the best way for PageMaker users to migrate to Adobe's next generation creative applications, including InDesign CS," said Jim Heeger, senior vice president of Creative Professional Products at Adobe. "Millions of PageMaker customers can now take advantage of the new levels of integration across Adobe Creative Suite components, as well as the performance enhancements and advanced design capabilities that enable our customers to push the boundaries of creativity." The Plug-in Pack includes familiar features such as automated bullets and numbering, Data Merge, the Position tool, which works similarly to the Crop tool in PageMaker, the ability to switch keyboard shortcuts in InDesign CS to match PageMaker 7.0 shortcuts, and over 80 new professional templates, based on real world projects, created by well known designers, including: Clement Mok of The Office of Clement Mok; Roberto de Vicq of HarperCollins; and Matteo Bologna of Mucca Design Corp. The templates jump-start the process of creating corporate identity kits, advertisements and book jackets, among other design projects, helping solve the blank page syndrome by giving users a place to start. PageMaker users also can take advantage of advanced design capabilities -- such as drop shadows, superior typographical and editable transparency controls -- through InDesign CS. Compatible with the latest hardware and operating systems, including Mac OS X Panther, InDesign CS also supports PageMaker workflows via the inclusion of enhanced versions of Story Editor and Control palette, as well as native file support for Photoshop CS and Illustrator CS assets. "As a former PageMaker user, I am thrilled to see that Adobe has enhanced and extended some of the most-loved features of PageMaker to InDesign CS with the PageMaker Plug-in Pack," said Jack Connick, president and graphic designer, Jack Connick Creative Services. "For PageMaker users who have been waiting to upgrade to InDesign because of PageMaker features they felt they would miss, the wait is over." Pricing and Availability Any customer who currently has a copy of Photoshop (purchased either as a standalone product or part of an Adobe Collection) can upgrade to Adobe Creative Suite Premium Edition for an estimated street price of US$749, or the Standard Edition for US$549. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite Premium Edition is US$1229 and US$999 for the Standard Edition. For more detailed information about the Adobe Creative Suite, please visit: www.adobe.com/creativesuite. Adobe Creative Suite for Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later, Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2, and Windows XP Professional and Home Edition, is currently available in the United States and Canada through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at: www.adobe.com/store.