In many ways, my career started in page layout. I was lucky enough to show up on the doorstep of my college newspaper the very year it switched from old-school paste-up to the new-fangled world of page-layout software. Being comfortable with both computers and journalism, I embraced the new technology, became a page-layout whiz, and now I write about computers and technology for a living.
The tool of choice back then was Aldus PageMaker, but in the intervening years the state-of-the-art tools have migrated from PageMaker to QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign. In the years since the first version of InDesign was released, the product has gone from being a strange amalgam of PageMaker and XPress to a design juggernaut, and the publishing industry has embraced this new tool with a speed that I would not have thought possible.
But the more powerful a tool becomes, the more complicated it becomes. InDesign CS4 alone introduces a score of new features, including conditional text, Flash integration, smart guides and smart spacing, and several interface tweaks. That's why you need a tool like the Adobe InDesign CS4 Bible. This book, written by an expert who is also an expert communicator, will let you in on the secrets of InDesign, from the classic features you never knew about to the exciting new features in the CS4 update that will save you time and make you more productive.
Your guide along this journey of InDesign discovery is Galen Gruman, a guy who knows a thing or two about desktop ...