Review: Adobe InDesign CS5
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1. Multiple Page Sizes; Span, Split, and Balance Columns
2. Simplified Transformations and Selections
3. The Gap Tool; Gridified Frames and Super Step-and-Repeat; Layers Rebuilt
4. Metadata Captions; Mini Bridge
5. Interactive Documents
6. Workflow and Collaboration; (Not Quite) All The Little Things
7. Buying Advice
InDesign CS5 is a well-balanced blend of old and new. With it, Adobe answered long-standing wish list items (multiple page sizes), made existing features exponentially more useful (the Layers panel), dramatically improved layout efficiency (simplified transformations), introduced new workflow solutions (track changes and CS Review), and expanded InDesign’s influence beyond the printed page (animation and interactivity). All together, it makes InDesign CS5 a must-have upgrade, especially for anyone who sat out CS4.
As a standalone product, InDesign CS5 retails for $699 ($199 upgrade from CS4, CS3 or CS2) and is included in the Design Premium edition of the Creative Suite along with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Professional, Flash Catalyst, Acrobat 9 and Dreamweaver for $1899 ($599 upgrade from Design Premium CS4; $799 upgrade from Design Premium CS3 or CS2). It’s also part of the Creative Suite Master Collection ($2,599 new; $899 upgrade from CS4; $1199 upgrade from CS3), which also includes every product in the Design Premium, Web Premium and Production Premium suite packages.