One strength of Adobe’s new InDesign software is its extensibility. Even many built-in features, such as toolbars and import/export functions, are implemented as InDesign plug-ins. So it shouldn’t be surprising that a host of software developers have lined up to announce plug-ins for the new program. Others have announced that they will use InDesign as a page-layout engine for integrated production systems aimed at magazine and newspaper publishers. Most of these products are scheduled to ship shortly after InDesign is released this summer.
), which developed the Create PDF and Save for Service Provider plug-ins for Adobe PageMaker, announced Sherpa for Adobe InDesign, a plug-in that permits creation of Adobe Acrobat PDF files that include links, bookmarks, forms, action handlers, and other interactive features.
), a new company, unveiled PowrTable, which allows publishers to embed text tables in InDesign documents. The plug-in offers kerning and leading features along with support for spot and process color libraries. The company says that the table editor will be the first product in a suite of InDesign utilities.
ShadeTree Marketing (
), which has developed add-ons for QuarkXPress and Adobe PageMaker, says it will offer an InDesign version of Fraemz, a program that lets you apply one of 404 high-resolution borders to text and picture boxes in InDesign documents. The program also features a drop shadow function.
Virginia Systems (
) announced an InDesign version of Sonar Bookends, a $195 indexing utility. You can index books that span multiple documents, automatically reverse first and last names, and sort single- or multi-level word lists.
) announced that it will offer an InDesign plug-in that lets you compress image files using the company’s Multiresolution Seamless Image Database (MrSID) format. LizardTech will offer the plug-in as part of a suite of publishing tools and says it will also be included in the InDesign package.
) says it will offer EnFocus PDF Check-Up for InDesign, a $150 preflighting program that inspects PDF files saved in InDesign for conditions likely to cause output problems.
) announced that its Preflight Pro preflighting software will support InDesign.
Em Software (
) announced InDesign versions of its database publishing plug-ins. InData automatically formats database or spreadsheet information for use in catalogs, directories, and other structured publications. InCatalog creates hot links between a product database and an InDesign document, so that changes in one are automatically updated in the other.
A Lowly Apprentice Production (
) announced that it will develop InDesign versions of ShadowCaster, a QuarkXTension for generating shadow effects, and Xpert Tools, a set of page-layout productivity aids.
Three other developers of QuarkXTensions, Markzware (
), Vision’s Edge (
), and DK&A (
), say they plan to offer InDesign plug-ins, but have not announced specific plans or timetables.
Several companies say they will integrate InDesign with existing publishing systems targeted at magazines and newspapers. Managing Editor (
) will offer a plug-in that lets you use InDesign in conjunction with its MagForce suite of magazine production tools. Digital Technology International (
) says it will use InDesign as the page-layout engine for its multi-user newspaper publishing system. Another vendor of newspaper systems, Sii (
), announced that it will integrate InDesign with Coyote Layout, its newspaper pagination system. Sii also plans to make InDesign the primary page-layout product in a suite of workgroup publishing tools.
Gannett Media Technologies says it will incorporate InDesign into its Celebro Advertising Solutions software suite. HexMac (
) announced that it will include InDesign in the HexBase Publishing System for Web developers. Finally, Ultimate Technographics (
) says it will support InDesign in its full line of prepress production software, which includes tools for trapping, electronic imposition, preflighting, and workflow management.