For much of the last year, Quark has been releasing tidbits about the forthcoming version 7 of its flagship product, QuarkXPress. Now, Quark has provided a beta version that lets customers see more clearly what QuarkXPress 7 will likely bring to the table.
Because print publishing combines a complex set of coordinated tasks often performed by different people, workgroups of editors and designers typically rely on various techniques to indicate information about file status. But such manual methods may not be enough for some projects. That’s why Adobe offers InCopy CS2.
Softmagic’s MLayout 2.1—a sort of QuarkXPress Lite— is a good start, but its developers need to think through what a nonprofessional, non-technical user needs, as well as work the kinks out of the program’s interface. As intriguing as MLayout 2.1 is, it’s not quite ready for mass adoption.
Already the clear leader in typographic sophistication, object handling, multilingual publishing, and transparency effects for text and graphics, Adobe has significantly bolstered text- and graphics-handling functions in InDesign CS2.
Portfolio 7 is a powerful cataloging and inventory tool, and a great way to organize your digital assets.
PageMaker lives on, sort of, via the new PageMaker Plug-in Pack that adds to InDesign CS eight PageMaker modules, three of which are from version 7.
The idea behind RagTime 5.6.5 is very appealing: business publishing software that provides midlevel page-layout capabilities, word processing, charting, and spreadsheet tools. But the reality of RagTime 5.6.5 falls far short of its promise.
InDesign 2.0 brings enhancements to many of the program's features, and adds sensational new ones. Although InDesign's interface is still somewhat complex, this is a more capable and more functional program.
This overview of Adobe's Creative Suite includes information on the pricing structure for both the Standard and Premium versions, and a review of the Version Cue document version-management software.
Articles by Galen Gruman