I continue to use PageMaker v7, long after Adobe abandoned it. But now my book publisher is insisting that I start using InDesign for next year's AutoCAD 2011-series of books. (I design and typeset all my books.)
Fortunately, Adobe has a generous upgrade price for us holder-outers, just $199 for InDesign CS4. I bought it last night from adobe.com and -- after a 3 hour delay while Adobe "checks your order" -- was able to download and install it.
Some stuff I will appreciate, like the unlimited undoes (PageMaker had sort of half an undo), drag and drop, and being able to scroll vertically once again in Vista.
But reading the docs for PageMaker upgraders got me concerned about feature missing from this apparently modern software:
- InDesign does not support OLE. I use OLE to place annotated diagrams from Visio.
- InDesign does not support patterned fills. Not important to me, but a surprising shortcoming.
- No equivalent to Copy Master Guides. Helps clean up messy up guides.'
- No inline graphics; have to simulate them with frames. Inline graphics was the #1 reason I stuck with PageMaker, a huge timesaver.
- And the biggest headache: InDesign does not copy images from PageMaker files, but merely inserts low-resolution approximations. Every single screen grab and Visio-annotated figure will have to be redone -- and we're talking about a thousand images per book. Ugh!
So, I will slowly adapt to this new software over the next few months. I'll spend a few minutes with it, take a stab at figuring out how a few new things work, and then give myself a rest.