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Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing (DTP) software application produced by Adobe Systems.


InDesign is the direct competitor to QuarkXPress. In 2002, it was the first Mac OS X-native desktop publishing (DTP) software. Moreover, InDesign CS and InDesign CS2 were bundled with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat in the Creative Suite. InDesign exports documents in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF), has multilingual support. It was the first DTP application to support Unicode for text processing, advanced typography with OpenType fonts, advanced transparency features, layout styles, optical margin alignment, and cross-platform scripting using JavaScript.

InDesign is the successor alternative to Adobe's own PageMaker. Designers are the principal users in creating and laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media; nevertheless, longer documents still are designed with FrameMaker (manuals, technical documents, etc.), or with QuarkXPress (books, catalogs, etc.). Using a relational database, InDesign and Adobe InCopy word processor use the same formatting engine as InDesign.

Later versions of the software introduced new file formats. To support the new features (especially typographic) introduced with InDesign CS, both the program and its document format are not retro-compatible, but the InDesign CS2 has the retro-compatible .inx format, an XML-based document representation. InDesign CS versions updated with the 3.01 April 2005 update (free from the Adobe website) can read InDesign CS2-saved files exported to the .inx format. The InDesign Interchange format does not support versions earlier than InDesign CS.

Adobe developed InDesign CS3 (and Creative Suite 3) as a universal binary software compatible with native Intel and PowerPC Mac for 2007. The CS2 Mac version has code tightly integrated to the PPC architecture, and not natively compatible with the Intel processors in Apple's new machines. Porting the products to another platform was an endeavour. Adobe developed the CS3 application integrating Macromedia products (2005), rather than recompiling CS2 and simultaneously developing CS3. Inconveniencing Intel-Mac early-adopters, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen announced that "Adobe will be first with a complete line of universal applications."[citation needed]

InDesign and LeopardEdit

Currently InDesign up to 5.0.2 does not seem to work correctly on Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), as Adobe states: "InDesign CS3 may unexpectedly quit when using the Place, Save, Save As or Export commands using either the OS or Adobe dialog boxes. Unfortunately, there are no workarounds for these known issues." Many users around the world have not found any issues with this software. [1]

Server VersionEdit

The server icon, negative to the original iconIn October 2005, Adobe released "InDesign Server CS2", a modified version of InDesign (without user interface) for Windows and Macintosh server platforms. It does not provide any editing client; rather it is for use by developers in creating client-server solutions with the InDesign plug-in technology.[2] In March 2007 Adobe officially announced Adobe InDesign CS3 Server as part of the Adobe InDesign family.


InDesign 1.0: August 16, 1999. InDesign 1.5: April 2001. InDesign 2.0: January 2002 (just days before QuarkXPress 5). First version to support Mac OS X and native transparencies & drop shadows. InDesign CS and InDesign CS PageMaker Edition (3.0): October 2003. InDesign CS2 (4.0): shipped in May 2005. InDesign Server released: October 2005 InDesign CS3 (5.0): April 2007. First Universal binary versions to natively support Intel-based Macs, Regular expression, Table styles, new interface InDesign CS3 Server released : May 2007

Internationalization and localizationEdit

Language AvailabilityEdit

Adobe InDesign CS3 is available in the following languages: Arabic (Middle Eastern version), Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Hebrew (Middle Eastern version), Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Adobe InDesign Middle Eastern language versions available from WinSoft.[3].

Specific Features for Arabic and Hebrew languagesEdit

The Middle Eastern/Hebrew and the Middle Eastern/Arabic versions are specifically developed for Arabic and Hebrew languages.

Text SettingsEdit

InDesign Middle Eastern versions come with special settings for laying out Arabic or Hebrew text, such as:

Possibility to use Arabic, Farsi or Hindi digits Use kashidas for letter spacing and full justification Ligature option Set vowels /diacritics positioning Justify text in three possible ways to get the results you want (Standard, Arabic, Naskh) Option to "Insert Special Character": three Hebrew characters (Geresh, Gershayim, Magaf) and an Arabic one (Kashida) Apply standard, Arabic or Hebrew styles for page, paragraph and footnote numbering

Bi-directional Text flowEdit

In InDesign Middle Eastern versions, the notion of right-to-left behaviour applies to several objects: Story, Paragraph, Character and Table. You can easily mix Right-to-Left and Left-to-Right Words, Paragraphs and Stories in a document.

InDesign CS3 Middle Eastern versions allow you to change in one click the direction of neutral characters (for ex.: ,/?, etc.) according to your keyboard language. InDesign CS3 Middle Eastern versions allow you to change the direction of the cursor

Dictionary and Hyphenation ModuleEdit

InDesign Middle Eastern versions come with a comprehensive dictionary for Arabic allowing you to spell check Arabic text with a choice of rules, like Strict Aleef Hamza, Strict Final Yaa, both or none. Depending on your system capabilities, InDesign Middle Eastern versions come with a Dictionary and Hyphenation Module for Hebrew.

Enhanced Font SupportEdit

InDesign Middle Eastern versions support most fonts shipped with the OS as well as a large number of third party fonts widely used by graphic designers in the Middle Eastern regions.

Find / ChangeEdit

You can search for and change specific occurrences of Middle Eastern characters, words, groups of words, or text formatted a certain way across a selection, one or more stories, a document, or multiple open documents. You can also search for other items, including OpenType attributes such as fractions and swashes.

Table of contentsEdit

You can create a table of contents (TOC) for any document or book in InDesign Middle Eastern versions. InDesign Middle Eastern versions come with a set of Table of contents titles, one for each supported language. The TOC is also sorted according to the chosen language. InDesign CS3 Middle Eastern versions allow you to choose the language of your index title and cross-references by right clicking in the title field in the Generate Index window.


You can create a simple keyword index or a comprehensive, detailed guide to the information in your book. InDesign Middle Eastern versions let you set various Sort Options for your indexes according to the language you are dealing with.

Importing and ExportingEdit

InDesign Middle Eastern versions bring the capability of opening directly and converting QuarkXPress files, even using Arabic XT, Arabic Phonyx or Hebrew QXPressWay fonts, retaining the layout and content. InDesign Middle Eastern versions come with more than 50 import/export filters enabling you to place many kinds of images and Roman texts: Microsoft Word 97-98-2000 Import filter and Text Import filter.

Reverse LayoutEdit

InDesign Middle Eastern versions include a reverse layout feature to revert the layout of a document, when converting a Left to Right document (Roman) to a Right to Left one (Arabic or Hebrew) or vice versa. It is also helpful when creating multilingual document.

The Middle Eastern versions are also available for Adobe Acrobat [4], Adobe Illustrator [5], Adobe Photoshop [6], Adobe InCopy [7] and Adobe Dreamweaver [8], for Adobe Creative Suite [9] (Design Standard, Design Premium, Web Premium).

External linksEdit

Adobe InDesign
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