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      23.05.2001 01:15
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      InDesign is Adobe's replacement for the much-loved (by our office, at least)Pagemaker software, with which this opinion will assume you are familiar. We were dreading the changeover, which we felt was rather imposed on us by Adobe's buyout of the people who originally made Pagemaker. But when our new printer arrived, we could delay no longer, and watched the installation with some fearfulness. We produce a daily publication, frequently under some time pressure, so underperforming software could really spoil everyone's day. As it happened, however, we needn't have worried. It is, as was rumoured, a bit slower than Pagemaker, but on a fastish (just under one gig) computer this is not enough to exasperate. There are two or three niggles. The text wrap feature makes an automatic rectangle, and extra dots for more shaping have to be added individually with another tool. Boxes generated with "spillover" text seem to automatically stretch to the bottom of the page. And using the space bar to scroll around has the drawback that you have to be careful to make sure you're not in text mode before you start moving. A couple of pluses too: the shading and filling tools are very convenient, and you can Control Z ad infinitum to undo whatever foolishness you've committed. The chief drawback however, of an otherwise perfectly acceptable program, is the frequency with which it crashes, often for no apparent reason, sometimes because it seems to be struggling with picture files. You are strongly advised to save early and often, particularly as it sometimes fails to recover and effectively refuses to reopen by crashing instantly again, in which case you need to restart the entire machine. With luck this will be ironed out in the next version. Meanwhile, tread carefully, and don't open more than one large file at the same time.

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