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[BKARTS] Publishers and composition/layout programs

Hi Ben,

Different publishers publish different books, and textbook publishers don't always publish book in each and every discipline. What you discuss below applies to "hardside" textbook publishers (both el-hi and college); there are about five publishers in the US who do that kind of work (I work for one, Wadsworth - Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning [that name should in itself tell you something about the state of educational publishing]). If you are doing hardside publishing, your composition house (publishers also no longer have compositors in-house) does not use either Quark or InDesign - though as a Production Editor for the "softside" Counseling discipline, the names of those programs that *are* used do not immediately come to mind. I can provide those names tomorrow, if we all want to continue this interesting discussion (I hope Peter doesn't mind that we're not talking bookarts here!)


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Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 21:01:51 -0700
From: Ben Wiens
Subject: Re: Indesign Vs Pagemaker

I tested out InDesign 1.5. It had no way of using OLE program applets such
as an equation editor, spreadsheet, etc. Also from what I understood there
was no equation editor and such like extras available from Adobe or 3rd
parties at that time. I couldn't figure out how any book or magazine
publisher could use the thing. I mean, don't most publishers do some
textbooks from time to time. I was completely shocked at the lack of
features when I tested version 1.5. At least Pagemaker could do these
things. So has InDesign added some of these capabilities in version 2?

Ben Wiens...applied energy scientist
Ben Wiens Energy Science Inc.
8-1200 Brunette Ave. Coquitlam BC V3K1G3 Canada
Energy Website: http://www.benwiens.com

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