If you’re interested in trying out Adobe’s latest major version of its page layout tool, InDesign, you’re in luck. The company is offering
a downloadable demo version of InDesign 2.0 from its Web site.
InDesign 2.0 is a major step forward for the page layout software. It sports OS X compatibility and more than 800 new features, including editable transparency effects, flexible table creation, improved typographic controls, and cross-media publishing tools.
InDesign 2.0 also tightly integrates with other Adobe products that are probably already in your arsenal — applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, for example. XML importing and exporting is supported, as well. And if you’re already using QuarkXPress, Adobe offers a US$300 rebate.
The tryout version offered by Adobe is a fully functional 30-day demo. You can save, export and print InDesign documents, and work with hundreds of different features.
To download the demo, you’ll need to fill out an online form. The demo download itself weighs in at about 115MB. Is that too much for your Internet connection to handle? You can
order a tryout CD instead, which is available by mail.
System requirements call for a PowerPC G3 or G4-based Mac, Mac OS 9.1, 9.2.x, or Mac OS X 10.1, 128MB RAM with Virtual Memory on, 220MB hard disk space, CD-ROM drive, 1024×768 resolution at 256 colors.