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InDesign is an absolutely "acceptable" tool. It is to be compared with Quark
Xpress, and IMHO it is much better. InDesign is sometimes called the "Quark
Killer", it is aimed towards that market. If you want a middle step between
FrameMaker and InDesign, go for PageMaker. Personally, I don't like PM too
much. Too much trouble when making long documents, too little control when
I've been using InDesign for a while now, and speaking technical documents,
I find it very useful for making quick reference guides and such. I also use
it for marketing materials.
InDesign is fairly easy to learn. As always, there are a few concepts to
understand, but in general it is easy to get into. If you are an experienced
user of Adobe products, you'll find the user interface very familiar. One
snag is perhaps all the detailed print settings, which can be a bit tricky
Note: I'm in no manner connected to Adobe.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Wilson [mailto:scottw -at- harlequin -dot- co -dot- uk]
> Sent: den 24 februari 2000 14:37
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: InDesign, anyone?
> Hi everyone, here's a tools question:
> Is InDesign an acceptable "halfway house" between Framemaker and
> QuarkXpress for producing *both* user manuals and more
> graphically-intensive marketing materials? Or does it fail to make the
> grade for documentation usage?
> Anyone out there had a chance to try out InDesign yet for technical
> documents? What are the main problems you've had to overcome?
> All opinions welcome!
> Scott Wilson