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InDesign’s Early Days: Versions 1 & 2


In this week’s InDesignSecrets video, Andrew Keith Strauss walks us through what the first two versions of Adobe InDesign looked like. He shows us the features that each had (or lacked) and how each brought the design software further into the future.

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Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 35 years. She is a speaker, writer, trainer, and content creator focusing on Adobe InDesign, Apple Keynote, and varied production topics. She is a regular presenter at CreativePro Week, regular contributor to CreativePro Magazine, and has spoken at Canada’s ebookcraft, Adobe MAX, and Making Design in Oslo, Norway. Find Erica online at the CreativePro YouTube channel, and through her own YouTube channel. When she isn’t at her computer she’s probably daydreaming about travel or living in a Nordic noir landscape.

  • This look back is timely, since Affinity just released Affinity Publisher, its non-subscription alternative to ID yesterday. I seem to recall beginning with ID with CS3, and Affinity in its first released is miles beyond that. Indeed, for my purposes the only features AP lacks that I need and ID offers are endnotes, ePub export, and a more refined search and replace UI.

    Adobe should be worried, very worried. This is solid competition that gives ownership for less than two months of an ID-only subscription or all three apps for about the cost of three months of subscription to Adobe’s full plan. And two of Affinity’s three now have full-featured iOS versions.

    In particular, StudioLink is likely to delight many. It means you can continue to work inside Affinity Publisher, viewing the page you’re editing, but doing so with the tools of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo at hand. No jumping back and forth to get it right. You can see all that it offers here.

    Adobe has needed a wake-up call.

  • Carlos says:

    I remember start using ID 1. It wasn´t better than Page Maker, but from version 2 it was the best program for DTP. Thanks to athors! :-)

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