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. The Story view is for text reading where it works like a word processor without the publication page formatting. The Galley view is where it works like a word processor with line numbers and line breaks as in the layout, but without the actual formatting, and the Layout view is where 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 from within InCopy. For more on what it takes to run InCopy CS5, visit the Adobe InCopy site.
So what is new with Adobe InCopy CS5?
• Parallel collaborative workflow will provide much tighter integration between Adobe InCopy and Adobe InDesign giving a smoother workflow in which local and remote writers, editors and designers can simultaneously work on a single document without worry of losing each other's changes.
• Additional tools have been added for better editorial productivity including the Eyedropper tool for quick text styling, the Links panel for easy management of placed image and text files, and paragraph and character styles for typographical consistency.
• Adobe Mini Bridge now not only provides more flexible access to your workspace, but you will work more productively with easy access to key controls and tools. Through the use the Adobe Mini Bridge panel to browse and open files without leaving InCopy you will spend less time finding stuff, and more time creating. You can also create custom workspaces that can be used for specific editorial tasks.