January 22, 2002 12:15 PM PST
Adobe upgrades layout software
Version 2.0 of InDesign, written for the new Windows XP and Mac OS X operating systems, includes numerous enhancements such as support for XML Web functions and tie-ins to Adobe's Photoshop software.
The support of software developers is seen as crucial for acceptance of Mac OS X. Analysts have said they expect upcoming releases of OS X-tailored products such as Photoshop to help push adoption of the new operating system.
Adobe earlier this month unveiled OS X versions of GoLive and LiveMotion, which are Web authoring and animation products that compete with software from Macromedia.
OS X compatibility could give Adobe at least a temporary edge over privately held Quark, which dominates the layout software market with its XPress package. Late last year, Quark began beta testing version 5.0 of QuarkXPress, including a version tailored for OS X. The final version will go on sale this quarter, according to a Quark representative.
InDesign 2.0 is priced at $699 for the full version, or $99 for those upgrading from the previous version.