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Re: InDesign vs PageMaker - who wins? (was PM vs Quark)

For what it's worth, I like InDesign as well. While I grew up on PageMaker
(from v 1.0 all the way through the current version) and never really used
Quark, I have been quite pleased with InDesign. It isn't as "intuitive" as
PageMaker, but it does have the following advantages:

(1) it was designed from the ground up with a consistent Adobe user
interface and file support. This is an irrelevant issue if you only use a
page layout program and not Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. However, for those
of us with Adobe-centered graphic suites, it is a VERY major feature.

(2) As Andrew wrote, InDesign gives you simply awesome control of type. It
really is a typographer's pleasure, since the Adobe-style palettes give you
instant, visible access to virtually every parameter you can imagine.

(3) InDesign was intended from the very beginning to be a 'pluggable'
architecture, continuing the wildly successful approach that cemented
Photoshop's market position. Adobe anticipates that InDesign will be
virtually infinitely extensible, both by them and by third parties. This, I
believe, was the primary driver behind creating a completely new

On the down side, (a) the initial release of ID was pretty buggy, and needed
to be quickly superseded by a cleaned-up 1.1; (b) the program is still not
as mature or solid as its older competitors; (c) because of the entrenched
position of Quark (and, to an extent, PM) in the service bureau environment,
the output shops are only just starting to take ID files; and (d) because
the program is still relatively new (and *abominably* marketed by Adobe)
there are very few plug-ins or extensions currently available.

So...I currently use ID, am quite happy with it, and keep my fingers crossed
that it builds market traction and third party support.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU]On Behalf Of DT Fletcher
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 8:34 AM
Subject: InDesign vs PageMaker - who wins? (was PM vs Quark)

In a message dated 3/27/01 4:47:31 AM Pacific Standard Time,
andrew.gaspereau@NS.SYMPATICO.CA writes:

> InDesign offers wonderful control of type,

You're the first person I've heard praising InDesign. Is "wonderful control
of type" the only advantage InDesign has over Pagemaker? I've read the Adobe
literature and their website and it is still entirely unclear to me what
InDesign brings to the party. It may be a wonderful program but the Adobe
marketing effort, so far, has been one of the worst I've ever seen.   I
it odd that there isn't a feature list or something that explains exactly
what this rather expensive program does.  At best, it seems to be a sideways
upgrade to a program entirely written by Adobe instead of the "not invented
here" Pagemaker.

DT Fletcher

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