With Portfolio 8, Extensis continues to make it easier to manage your media files and work with subsets of data for projects and presentations. But version 8 is not a major feature upgrade; it merely refines what the previous version already offered.
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.
Articles by Galen Gruman