Adobe InDesign 2.0 Now Available -- Adobe is now shipping Adobe InDesign 2.0, a major update for the company's next-generation page-layout application. InDesign 2.0 features object transparency, enabling you to import Photoshop or Illustrator files and retain transparency in feathered edges and drop shadows, for example. The new version also includes enhanced tools for creating and importing tables, expanded support for OpenType fonts, and greater collaboration with other Adobe programs. Perhaps most significant, InDesign 2.0 offers native support for Mac OS X, a claim that rival QuarkXPress seems unlikely to be able to make for some time. Finally, this release also extricates Adobe from a nasty legal situation it ran into at the close of 2001: a U.S. District Court judge prevented it from selling InDesign 1.5 due to a licensing issue with Trio Systems LLC over an InDesign component called C-Index, which led to a quick settlement for undisclosed terms; InDesign 2.0 doesn't contain the C-Index code. The full retail version of InDesign 2.0 costs $700. Upgrades are available at $100 for owners of previous versions of InDesign, and $300 for owners of PageMaker or PageMaker Plus. [JLC]
Spin Through Toolbar View Options
Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.
But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.