This up-and-coming layout program offers many features found in the industry’s standard for layout, QuarkXpress. We think of InDesign as Illustrator for layout because it is quite simple to create book layouts for offset printing. InDesign is a relatively new layout solution.
We prefer QuarkXpress, but will process Indesign Files.
InDesign File Preparation:
- Include all fonts.
- Make sure you include and 1/8” bleed.
- Leave a 1/8” of safety.
- CMYK color space.
- Purchase InDesign from Adobe here.
- Get help from the online community here.
A nice summary by Wikipeida.org: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_InDesign)
InDesign was positioned as a higher-end alternative and successor to Adobe's own PageMaker. InDesign's primary adopters are periodical publications, posters, and other print media. Longer documents are usually still designed with FrameMaker (manuals and technical documents) or QuarkXPress (books, catalogs). The combination of a relational database, InDesign and Adobe InCopy word processor, which uses the same formatting engine as InDesign, is the heart of dozens of publishing systems designed for newspapers, magazines, and other publishing environments.
New versions of the software introduced new file formats. To support the vast array of new features (particularly typography features) introduced in InDesign CS, both the program and its document format were not backwards compatible, initially upsetting some users. Fortunately, InDesign CS2 introduced the backwards-compatible InDesign Interchange (.inx) format, an XML-based representation of the document. Versions of InDesign CS updated with the 3.01 April 2005 update (available free from Adobe's Web site) can read files saved from InDesign CS2 exported to this format. The InDesign Interchange format does not support versions earlier than InDesign CS.
Adobe is currently developing InDesign CS3 (and the rest of Creative Suite 3) as a Universal binary for native Intel and PowerPC Mac compatibility and is expecting to ship InDesign CS3 in Q2 2007. Because the Mac version of CS2 has code tightly integrated with the PPC architecture (not natively compatible with the Intel processors featured in Apple's new machines), porting these products is a huge endeavor. Adobe decided to devote all its resources to developing CS3 (including integrating Macromedia products acquired in 2005) rather than recompiling CS2 and developing CS3 simultaneously. This decision has upset many Intel Mac early-adopters, especially since Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen initially announced, "Adobe will be first with a complete line of Universal applications."