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InDesign is actually the successor to the Adobe PageMaker that the company Adobe bought from Aldus in 1994. A few years later, in 1998., PageMaker lost almost the complete market by QuarkXPress that was the most popular program for Desktop Publishing. To make things more interesting, the company Quark offered to buy Adobe, but Adobe refused that offer and continued with the development of the PageMaker. In the year 1999. the first version of InDesign was published. The company Adobe continues with great investments in development, and only 12 years later, InDesign is the main competition to QuarkXPress. It is interesting to mention that the company Quark was confident and sure of their success in the DTP market, and with that it gave Adobe time to expand and become the giant that it is today.
And now let us see some of the main purposes of the InDesign. Next to offering the possibility of graphic book, flyer, magazine, newspaper, poster and other printed material shaping, it has a vast number of typography control options, a very simple and intuitive work environment adapted to amateurs and professionals. The latest versions also offer more possibilities in creating interactive documents ready for sending with Electronic mail (PDF), direct placing on the Internet (HTML, SWF), as well as on mobile phones. The documents can now contain moving pictures animation, active links and a lot more than the previous versions. Also, InDesign supports the creation of the popular ePub documents whose main purpose is to adapt content for showing on different devices, and with the appearance of the Apple iPad the InDesign gets another purpose, and that is the possibility of creating interactive content for that kind of device (Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook...). You can find more information on the Adobe Digital Publishing Site official presentation.
For the end, let us review how to choose the right program from the Adobe palette that suits the job best. Photoshop exist mainly for the creation and processing of raster files. Of course it also has a part for processing vectors like the Illustrator. Vectors in Photoshop are mostly used in masks and symbols. The latest versions introduce some new things, like a 3D Content Aware Fill, Content Aware Scale... On the other hand, the Illustrator serves mainly to create and process vector files. It has also got raster effects, but you can’t change raster pictures.
And for the grand finale, InDesign. It contains very powerful typographical options, the possibility of creating multipage documents, but it’s main focus is text processing. It doesn’t have any special effects except the basic ones, and the vector processing is very limited. The latest versions add more options for creating interactive documents. Here is one simple example. Let’s say we are preparing a book with pictures. The pictures will be processed in Photoshop, we create the vector parts in the Illustrator, and we create a basis on which we place the pictures and vector parts together with the text in InDesign.
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