I've been using InDesign for a while now. I found the dvd tutorial to be tedious (because of the nerdy loser who narrates it) but helpful. Most of the functions from PageMaker can be used for this program as well. Its like a hybrid of Illustrator and Pagemaker.
the control over lettering, expert kearning, use of different spaces (n, m, hair thin spaces)
how images come out crisper
how its less temperamental than PageMaker (at least the version that I am used to)
I don't like:
how you can directly cut and paste from word and excel with out all the fonts coming out totally fucked. For charts in excel, I usually make sure they are perfect, pdf and place them.
For word, I just place the file and resize/change the text.
I have used InDesign everyday at work for the past 15 months. It is way, way better than Quark, despite what all the die-hard Quark users (read: practically everyone in publishing or print advertising) say.
There are very few times when I get angry at this program; it almost always does exactly what I want it to do. It can perform all the page-layout functions you'd expect, but it also does several things that would otherwise be done in Photoshop or Illustrator. Placing any type of file is pretty easy: you don't have to convert images to TIFs or EPSs first, like Quark. You can place a PDF directly, which is sometimes really helpful.
It even has a cool function for making Tables that look better than anything you could make in Word. There are too many features to list. One more that I'll mention is the functionality with OpenType fonts. A few of these fonts come with the program (they have the suffix "Pro"), and they have included options for oldstyle numbers, swash characters, etc.
Anyway, before I start sounding like a walking ad, I'll stop now. If you have any questions, pm me.
thanks for the offer suger.... I'll probably be taking you up on that. I only used Quark a handful of times a year ago or so... so it's basically me learning from scratch.
I have photoshop skills (to some extent) and can use word, excel and powerpoint.
I basically want to create a catalogue. I will be incorporating photographs taken from my digital camera and I will also need to have text.
It shouldn't take me tooooo long to figure it all out... I put together Kadina's business card within a couple of days without any prior experience and we just got them back from the printer today as a matter of fact. *they look fucking crisp*
so... as I go along... I'll probably hit you up with some Q's.
there shall be spliffery as thanks.
edit: I've been told that it's best to do all my picture manipulation in photoshop and everything else in InDesign.
i do page layout daily and indesign is my program of choice i made the switch from Quark when version 1 came out and i have yet to look back.
I use ADOBE photoshop to fix images, I use ADOBE illustrator to illustrate and create vector graphics...to me it makes absolutly no sense to go and use quark I would much rather and feel much more comfortable using an ADOBE product to pull everything together....I find having similar tool bars and shortcuts makes me much more productive in the end.
One of the biggest problems with indesign when it came out and it was really the only problem was that alot of print houses didnt support it that has changed dramaticaly over the last year and its not even a issue anymore if a printer doesnt support indesign then its time to find a new printer who is growing with the times.