InDesign 1.5- All in Favor
The new version of Adobe Acrobat, 4.05A, he adds, corrects some of the problems with printing InDesign-exported PDF files. "We've done an awful lot between 1.0 and 1.5 to improve our PostScript output," he comments.
In addition to the ability to export PDF files, it's possible to export the so-called prepress files from InDesign. According to Evans, a prepress file is a "very vanilla-flavored version of a PostScript file, completely self-contained," and the recommended format for trapping and imposition. "You don't have to even own InDesign to receive prepress files," Evans stresses.
There's no doubt that the book industry took notice of InDesign, but is there a chance of its rapid adoption?
For one, Adobe, Evans says, "has very realistic expectations. We do not expect the publishing industry to suddenly flip on a switch and change overnight. At the same time, we believe we have a ... powerful set of tools that are not available in any other page layout application."
"Our job is to help communicate those features to book publishers, and, hopefully, when issues come up around InDesign ... we listen and respond to those very, very quickly," Evans adds.
Evans admits that although Adobe extended its expectations of InDesign's success to all areas of publishing arena, it did best in three: magazine and newspaper publishing, and advertising agencies. The expectations that the company did have in the book publishing arena were exceeded. Nevertheless, he says, InDesign "doesn't have built into it some of the things that a book publisher would typically want--the ability to automatically generate table of contents, or automatically generate an index."
"The original market for InDesign is for people who communicate highly graphical information," Evans observes. "but I certainly do think there are a number of really compelling reasons that a book publisher would want to look at InDesign."