This is the tenth part of a series of reviews that will cover what is contained in the Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) Master Collection. When Adobe released CS3 in 2007, they not only released single version products, but also six separate suites of products. They are Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Standard, Production Premium, and Master Collection. You can go online to compare what is contained in each version. The goal of this series it to define what each product does and provide information of what the new version brings to the table.
Adobe InDesign is the successor/alternative to Adobe PageMaker; the first desktop publishing program introduced in 1985. InDesign was introduced in 1999 and beginning with with InDesign CS, became bundled with Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe InDesign is targeted at designers, publishers and those who are charged with laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media.
What do you need to run Adobe InDesign CS3? On Windows you need an Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz of DV, 3.8GHz for HDV, Intel Centrino®, Intel Xeon® dual 2.6GHz for HD, or Intel Core™ Duo (or compatible) processor, Windows XP SP2 or Vista, on Mac, PowerPC® G4 or G5 or multicore Intel processor, Mac OS X v10.4.8, 256MB RAM (512 Recommended), 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card, 1.8 GB hard drive space (additional space needed during install).
• Creative Object Effects, Including Feathered Gradients – will allow you to explore design possibilities right in your layout. You can apply a variety of Adobe Photoshop CS3 effects to objects on the page, and experiment with blending modes, opacity, as well as other options. Feathered gradients will allow you to fade an object into the background by applying a mask that has a gradient. Other effects include Directional Feathering, Bevel and Emboss, Satin, Inner Shadow, and Inner and Outer Glow
• Finer Transparency Controls – lets you take your design into new directions by giving you the ability to apply transparency settings independently to an object's fill stroke, and content. You can apply blends, opacity, and other creative effects to achieve much more complex visual looks.