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ACP makes a move to InDesign

Thursday, 07 February 2002
By Print 21 Online Article

The announcement that Consolidated Press (ACP), Australia’s largest publishing house is switching to InDesign, gives Adobe over 50 per cent of magazine publishing layout programs, according to Jordan Reizes, Adobe Marketing Manager.

“ACP publishes over 40 per cent of Australian Magazine which when added to the users we have in Murdoch Magazines and News Limited Magazines takes us over the half way mark,” he said.

The numbers are important to Adobe as one of the major drawbacks to the adoption of InDesign has been the lack of a skilled user base when compared to industry-standard Quark. The company has now hired a new education segment representative to press the leading colleges to make InDesign at least equal to Quark in the training of design students. Paul Stephens, who rejoices in the title, Development Manager for Education and Anti-Piracy, will be lobbying such design institutions as Enmore School of Design in Sydney, RMIT in Melbourne and Douglas Mawson in Adelaide.

“If over half the magazine work in Australia is being done on InDesign then it makes sense to turn out designers with a good knowledge of the program. That’s not counting the number of freelancers who have to deal with these companies,” he said.

The ACP contract is a major win for InDesign, which has battled to establish itself since its launch four years ago. The strategy was always to target the big publishers in the expectation that the rest would follow.

“Of ACP’s 58 titles, 14 have so far converted to InDesign,” said Michael Mangan, Chief Information Officer of ACP. “Features such as clipping paths are no longer needed with InDesign 2.0, this will save a tremendous amount of time.”

ACP expects to convert its remaining titles by September 2002.

The move comes with the launch of InDesign Version 2.0, which was tested by some beta sites in the prepress industry.

Mike Ditchett from Sydney’s David Graphics said: “We have trialed the InDesign beta V2 with multiple output devices and found the process smooth and without any major issues.”

Service providers can find more information about outputting InDesign 2.0 from Adobe’s Partner site at>

Version 2.0 introduces editable transparency effects such as drop shadows, table creation, long document support, extensible mark-up language (XML) import/export support and a greatly enhanced printing interface.

InDesign 2.0 provides native support for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP and tighter integration with other Adobe products such as Acrobat, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe InDesign 2.0 is available for an estimated street price of $2,046 (including GST). Estimated street price for education institutions is $611(including GST).

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