LEAKED! Creative Suite 3, InDesign CS3, QuarkXPress 7 Features
Online survey leaks surprising product line up of Creative Suite 3 and potential new features of InDesign CS3 and QuarkXPress 7.
As part of an online survey initiated just a few hours ago by AbsolutData Research & Analytics on behalf of an unnamed “major software company,” survey participants were asked to make judgments about their likelihood of buying “much improved” products. These “next generation” products are identified as QuarkXPress 7, InDesign CS3, and the Adobe Creative Suite 3–complete with a detailed list of product features and the Creative Suite lineup.
QuarkXPress 7 Features?
According to the survey, the “much improved new version (QuarkXPress),” which is later referenced as QuarkXPress 7, will contain the following list of new features. Enough of these features have been demonstrated by Quark and X-Ray Magazine over the last eight months of XPress 7 hype that our confidence is high the list is an accurate representation of XPress 7″™s shipping feature set. The information is published here verbatim, without editing, to enable you to draw your own conclusions about its veracity.
QuarkXPress 4. 5 and 6 support formats like TIF and EPS, as well as overprints and multi-ink colors. QuarkXPress 7 introduces precise transparency controls, drop shadows, alpha channel support, and support for Photoshop PSD layer opacity.
Built-in image engine, first introduced in version 6.5, reduces time spent on image manipulation. In QuarkXPress 7 new graphics formats are supported and alpha channels can be softened.
Streamlined interface allows majority of common tasks to be controlled from a single palette. Users will be able to use the functionality of the main QuarkXPress 4 dialog boxes while maximizing screen real estate.
Cross-platform OpenType typography and Unicode international character support.
LAYOUT AND COLLABORATION
Where QuarkXPress versions 4, 5 and 6 allow for simple, static content management via Libraries, in QuarkXPress 7 users can created layout blocks that can be edited in one place with real time updates in multiple pages, files or even among multiple users.
QuarkXPress 4, 5 and 6 and other layout applications allow layouts to be divided only by splitting up a file, and individual pages can?t be divided at all. In QuarkXPress 7, complex layouts and even pages can be flexibly shared among multiple users for simultaneous collaboration.
Building on the text synchronization of QuarkXPress 6.5, users of QuarkXPress 7 can flexibly synchronize images, text, layout and styles across multiple layouts and media types. Users can change once, and update everywhere.
Where QuarkXPress 4 and 5 require third-party applications to create PDF files, QuarkXPress 6 and 7 allows users to create PDF files directly from QuarkXPress. In QuarkXPress 7, native PDF and PDF/X support users have better control of their final output via native PDF and PDF/X support and through customizable pre-flighting.
QuarkXPress 4, 5 and 6 use the Quark CMS XTensions software to apply color management on a file-by-file basis. Color management in QuarkXPress 7 is always-on, automatically picks up system settings and can be easily shared and standardized, allowing better on-screen soft proofing. Advanced Color Management users will find many new options.
Production and design settings can be standardized with printers or across a workgroup with real-time updates
Robust graphics engine provides improved anti-aliasing and image previews.
QuarkXPress 4 is focused entirely on print: in QuarkXPress 7, the Web Layout environment allows direct HTML export, image export and Flash import.
InDesign CS3 Features?
According to the survey, the “much improved new version (InDesign),” which is also later identified specifically as InDesign CS3, will contain the following list of new features. The information is published here verbatim, without editing, to enable you to draw your own conclusions about its veracity.