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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the second edition of the InDesign Visual Quickstart Guide. With only six months since the introduction of InDesign 1.0, I never expected to be updating this book so soon. However, there were so many significant changes in InDesign 1.5 that Peachpit Press and I decided to go all the way and create a new version of the book.

Rarely has the introduction of an application caused as much excitement as this one. For the past several years, desktop publishing insiders have heard whispers and rumors about InDesign—first under the code-name K2, and then as InDesign. In March, 1999, the program had a preview release at Seybold Seminars in Boston. After over five years of active development (and over fifteen years of experience in desktop publishing), Adobe Systems Inc. released version 1.0 of InDesign. Now, just seven months later, Adobe has done something amazing. They have released version 1.5, a full-scale upgrade to the program.

InDesign has many revolutionary features. Rather than one large program, it divides the application into a series of separate plug-ins. This means that InDesign can be updated and modified quickly and easily. InDesign also has some of the most powerful typography technology that has ever been in a consumer desktop publishing application.

Of course, the major question is "Is InDesign a Quark killer?" referring to how InDesign compares to QuarkXPress. The answer to that question remains to be seen and is outside the scope of this book. However, if you want to see how InDesign compares to QuarkXPress, you can read Chapter 15, at the end of this book.

I created this book as a teaching tool—a QuickStart Guide to help you understand and use InDesign. As you become familiar with the program, you can answer the question yourself.

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