InDesign may still only exist on many a graphic designer's wish-list, but even as the original product hits the shelves, Adobe has announced its future development, taking advantage of its extendible architecture.

Product manager David Evans said InDesign offers "a much more rapid development pace". Upgrades should lurk just over the horizon.

A "Plug-ins" manager is visualised, tools for building tables of contents and long-format documents.

With a system core that occupies a mere 1.7MB, nearly all InDesign's functions rely on its libraries and its plug-ins. This renders the product very upgrade-friendly. Indeed, 90 per cent of the application's features are available for modification, including Adobe's own plug-ins.

Evans also said that InDesign can have plug-ins with their own plug-ins with inheritable characteristics. This opens up development opportunities, even within the InDesign core feature set. This, he claims, will enable third-party developers to construct new applications around the core engine of InDesign.

Regarding Adobe's plans concerning Apple's forthcoming consumer version of Mac OS X, Evans said InDesign 1.0: "Is not written to Carbon", the suite of "classic" Mac OS APIs integrated into the new system. The company is watching OS X developments.

"Our objective is to get market share," Evans said. To that end, Adobe will be "very, very aggressive" when it comes to pricing InDesign upgrades. We also learned that the backlog of orders for the new killer application is the greatest in the company's fifteen year history.