Adobe InCopy is a professional writing and editing workflow program from Adobe Systems. It was first released in 1991 and it is tightly integrated with Adobe InDesign. It is meant to enable enhanced collaboration between design and editorial teams who are working between the two products. It contains three viewing modes:
- Story mode for text reading where it works like a word processor without the publication page formatting.
- Galley mode where it works like a word processor with line numbers and line breaks as in the layout, but without the actual formatting.
- Layout mode which shows the true page design layout displaying every format applied to the page.
While it can be used as a word processor, Adobe InCopy's real strength is as an integral part of the InDesign workflow where writers, editors, and designers can simultaneously work the same page. In this workflow, the designer creates the page layout in InDesign, while the editors simultaneously edit different stories with InCopy.
What do you need to run Adobe InCopy CS4? On PCs you need an 1.5 GHz or faster processor, Windows XP SP2 (SP3 recommended) or Vista; on Mac, PowerPC G4 or G5 or multi-core Intel processor, Mac OS X v10.4.11 – 10.5.4 (Leopard); for both, 1GB RAM, 1024x768 display with 16-bit video card, 1 GB hard drive space for installation, and a DVD-ROM drive.
So what is new with InCopy CS4?
• Customizable Links panel much like in InDesign, makes it much easier to manage linked content effectively. The redesigned Links panel gives you the ability to sort, find, and manage all of your documents placed files. Your linked attributes and metadata is displayed in a single customizable panel and means that the information about your linked files is right at your finger tips. Each item is represented as a thumbnail image which makes it easy to sight and when you click on the image, additional information will be displayed.
• Conditional text allows you to deliver multiple versions of a document for different users or different audiences. By selecting what text you want to display for a particular version of your document and applying a condition to the selection, you can hide text, or display alternative text as it is need. Now you can create the same document and output one for the teacher, and a different one for the student.
• Table editing in Story and Galley views will let you edit your table content directly within the text flow in both Story View and Galley View so you can easily correct overset text without impacting table design.