More than once, I had sworn “I am going to learn how to use Adobe Flash.” I had resolved to branch out from my lifelong print-centric comfort zone and get hip. So I’d crank up Flash, meditate on the interface that looked so little like my old friends Photoshop and Illustrator, and say to myself, “I think I’ll go do some laundry.”

I secretly envied designers who could make their content wiggle and bark, and dreamed that someday I’d be able to do that, too. But, frankly, Flash intimidated me.

Then along came Adobe InDesign CS5, with a hefty arsenal of new interactive tools, accompanied by the new Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5—both refreshingly ...

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