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By Matthew Rothenberg  |  Posted 2003-06-10 Print this article Print

The Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker in September announced a joint promotion with Adobe Systems Inc. to promote Mac OS X-native XPress archrival InDesign. San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe told eWEEK that its healthy lead in Mac OS X development has given InDesign 2 a competitive edge over long-time DTP leader Quark. "We think its great that theyre coming to OS X," said Will Eisley, InDesign senior product manager. "InDesign 2 has been running on OS X since January 2002."
In addition, Eisley said, many XPress 6 features "appear to be largely catch-up [to InDesign]. Features like multiple undo, high-resolution preview and PDF export have been there since Version 1. Were humbly flattered that XPress 6 is now following InDesign 2s lead in the marketplace."
Eisley declined to comment on the arrival time of InDesign 3. Sources recently told eWEEK that the next version of Adobes package, due later theis year, will include a new PDF workflow derived from Acrobat 6 as well as new features for authoring eBooks. It will also reportedly feature a Story Editor for editing text frames, JavaScript support and a "Package for Web" feature that will export InDesign items with an XML structure that can be reused for the Web.

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Matthew has been associated with Ziff Davis' news efforts for more than a decade, including an eight-year run with the print and online versions of MacWEEK. He also helped run the news and opinion operations at ZDNet and CNet. Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.


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