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Cooknn
Jul 10, 2006, 09:08 PM
I am finally getting a Mac at the Re/Max office where I spend my evenings doing print ads and brochures, etc. I've always used PageMaker, but now the newspaper only wants camera ready PDF, so I can use whatever I want, basically. What would you recommend - InDesign? ...Or is Pages good enough for simple layouts? I have no experience in either :o



Blue Velvet
Jul 10, 2006, 11:32 PM
Yes. Get your mitts on InDesign and a copy of InDesign: Classroom in a Book to start you off (Adobe's tutorial series) and possibly one of the 'bibles' as a reference.

Sooner or later, you'll want to do something that Pages won't let you do and as far I know, Pages is not a standard piece of studio-quality software. ;)

Cooknn
Jul 11, 2006, 06:45 AM
Thanks BV - I was hoping you'd visit this thread :D

Blue Velvet
Jul 11, 2006, 06:56 AM
You can download a fully-functional version trial of InDesign here to practice on...

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/

But you will have register just to download it... when or if the time comes to purchase it, the full Creative Suite 2 is far better value than the stand-alone app by itself although Creative Suite v3 for Intel Macs is due out Q1 or Q2 2007.

If you need further help during your little adventure, then drop by the Design & Graphics forum... the all-seeing eye of BV is especially fond of that little corner of MR. :)

riel505
Jul 11, 2006, 08:31 AM
I am finally getting a Mac at the Re/Max office where I spend my evenings doing print ads and brochures, etc. I've always used PageMaker, but now the newspaper only wants camera ready PDF, so I can use whatever I want, basically. What would you recommend - InDesign? ...Or is Pages good enough for simple layouts? I have no experience in either :o

Indesign! commands are basically like pagemaker and you can export directly to pdf. :p

Cooknn
Jul 11, 2006, 02:04 PM
If you need further help during your little adventure, then drop by the Design & Graphics forum... the all-seeing eye of BV is especially fond of that little corner of MR. :)Doc Q moved my thread. I spaced this forum when I posted... I'll be dropping by more often now :o

monke
Jul 11, 2006, 03:07 PM
InDesign is alot like pagemaker, except easier to use. For me at least.

I've used both and only a few months ago changed to Indesign. If you used Photoshop before, its almost exact to Photoshop except for what in can do.

InDesign will definitely meet your needs.

l3lue
Jul 11, 2006, 03:10 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong.... but isn't InDesign just the next generation of PageMaker? Seems that way to me anyway. Amazing app, nonetheless.

monke
Jul 11, 2006, 03:33 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong.... but isn't InDesign just the next generation of PageMaker? Seems that way to me anyway. Amazing app, nonetheless.

InDesign is indeed the next generation of Pagemaker.

beatsme
Jul 11, 2006, 05:42 PM
can anyone explain why you can't hide a selection in InDesign? I've always found that part of it rather irritating...