As with Illustrator 10, InDesign 2.0 integrates with Adobe's portfolio of creative products. Compatible with Mac OS 9.1 and OS X, it offers built-in support for a range of publishing mediums, including Web, PDF and eBooks.
Adobe spokesman David Evans said: "Adobe aims to provide a Swiss Army knife toolkit for DTP."
800 new features Evans claims Adobe has added 800 new features, and that the application now has 17 of the top 20 features most requested by Quark users in a DTP application.
One new feature in InDesign 2.0 – Transparency – applies transparency settings to text, graphics and images in a few steps. A variety of blending modes, including the capacity to darken, lighten and change the colour saturation of objects, just like Photoshop are also included.
The application can maintain transparency settings applied in Illustrator and Photoshop files, and will import and export transparent Acrobat 5.0 PDF files.
Table-building tools that turn tab-delimited text from most sources – including Word and Excel files – into tables are also part of Adobe's DTP package. Linked text-frames are also supported, for laying out continuous tables over multiple pages.
Print powerhouse The application no longer requires Adobe's PostScript (PS) driver, and offers new print-features. These include: the ability to save PS files directly from the print dialogue box; improved routes to easy printing of master pages and thumbnails; and the ability to specify bleeds separately for each side of a document.
Leveraging Adobe's own technologies, InDesign 2.0 will also export documents in Acrobat PDF format. Its XML support has also been improved, and is now able to create XML, so allowing the repurposing of legacy documents and the building of templates. InDesign 2.0 can also import XML documents into Structure View, and this content can then be drag-&-dropped onto frames to layout as pages. WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Viewing) support is built-into the application.
Maintaining its network-publishing agenda, Adobe has also gifted InDesign 2.0 with Adobe GoLive integration, plus support for eBook creation. The product is expected to cost $699 on its US release in the first quarter, 2002.