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Jason Blais, Communications & Technology Coordinator
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Mike Kirros IS Coordinator Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund Midwest Regional Office
I'm thinking of switching from a crashed hard drive damaged Pagemaker 7 to In Design. I put out 15 or so tabloid-sized newsletters a year for hiking, and trail maintaining groups, and for a land trust.
My question for those who have had the experience is, How difficult did you find the transition from Pagemaker to In Design?
I used Pagemaker in high school and InDesign in college, the transition between them was not too difficult. If you use Photoshop, Illustrator, or other Adobe apps as well, CS4 has a much higher level of integration between programs which makes the whole workflow a lot smoother.
If anything, the steepest learning curve today would probably be adjusting to Adobe's new user interface paradigm, which is not specific to InDesign but shared throughout most of the CS4 suite. The way that toolbars, palettes, etc function has changed quite a bit from the Pagemaker days, things are now very modular and dockable and collapsable and customizable, which can take some getting used to but I think mainly for the better once you get the hang of it.
The other consideration that would affect your experience is whether your computer is new/fast enough to perform well with CS4. Even though InDesign has tons of new features compared to Pagemaker, it wouldn't do you much good if the program ran very slowly.