Adobe InDesign CS3

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2007-04-10 Print this article Print

Adobe InDesign CS3 The InDesign publishing application also has seen several new features and improvements that should streamline previously tedious tasks and reduce the time it takes to get up and running with new documents and publications.
One of our favorite features is that it is now much easier to import multiple documents into an InDesign package, even through straight drag and drop. We could apply and change styles easily throughout a document. We also create table styles for tables within our document and quickly apply them whenever we needed them, rather than having to redo the steps each time.
Just as the new versions of Photoshop and Illustrator now make it easier to test out changes quickly, InDesign CS3 let us apply Photoshop effects and enhancements to our publications from directly within our editing environments. The two applications that come as part of the CS3 Web package are Fireworks CS3 and Contribute CS3. To a large degree, Fireworks has turned over much of its standard image editing capabilities to Photoshop, which makes good sense, as it could never compete in that area. Fireworks has now become a Web optimization tool for images created in Photoshop and used in content created in Dreamweaver and Flash. It does a good job at that, and developers from the Macromedia side will be glad its there, though many other graphics professionals may never touch the application. Contribute has seen almost no changes or new features in this release other than the basic suite integration. Of course, the tools main mission is to serve as a WYSIWIG Web editor for novice users who are adding content to Web pages created by Dreamweaver developers, a task it still performs well. Acrobat 8 Professionals role in Creative Suite is to make PDF integration seamless throughout all the suite applications, which it does well as nearly anything can be imported or exported as a PDF. For more details on the new features of this release, look to our full review of Acrobat 8 from earlier this year. (See "Acrobat has new moves" at

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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