Adobe InDesign

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Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing (DTP) application developed by Adobe Systems, it's mostly used to create professional page layouts and it's a direct competitor to Quark Xpress.

History:

Adobe launched InDesign as the successor of Adobe Page Maker application by offering an Adobe InDesign® CS2 PageMaker Upgrade, for Page Maker 7 users. Adobe InDesign was the first major DTP application to support Unicode for text processing, advanced typography capability of OpenType fonts, advanced transparency features, layout styles, and optical margin alignment.

Current version: Adobe InDesing CS5

Extending Adobe InDesign: Plug-ins

Adobe started a third-party software developer program to create tools to enhance InDesign, calling them generically Plug-ins. Plug-ins also exist for other Adobe Systems products such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

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