InDesign CC upgrade plans

June 25, 2013 by - Comments off

ID-Creative-CloudWith Adobe’s InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) version just released last week, we wanted to let you know our plans for upgrading our plug-ins to work with CC. (None of them are CC-capable yet.)

First, we’re 100% committed to upgrading all our InDesign plug-ins — have no fear!

Second, we’re just starting the conversion effort, admittedly quite late. With our small engineering team (which is normally an advantage in terms of agility and staying close to you, our customers), we decided to give priority to finishing DocsFlow 2.0. (We’ve done that, and its beta is now available.) So now our focus will be 100% on upgrading all plug-in products to CC.

Third, anyone who purchases a CS5/5.5/CS6 plug-in license on or after January 1, 2013, will receive a free upgrade to a CC license.

We will be rolling out CC beta releases of each product over the next many weeks, and announcing each release as we go. We strongly encourage you, if you’re interested, to get automatic news updates as outlined on our support page “keeping in touch.”

Adobe has made some serious changes to InDesign’s internals (particularly under Mac OS, where it converted wholesale from Carbon to Cocoa) and completely rewrote their user interface machinery. Thus, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

We’ll likely upgrade the less-UI-intensive products first, WordsFlow and then DocsFlow, then InData, Xtags and InCatalog.

This process may well take us some months — it’s notoriously hard to estimate software development efforts, and all we can see is a lot of hard work ahead of us at this point.

We ask your patience with us as we focus on these upgrades, and hope you can trust that — as we always have in the past, from InDesign 1 to 2, then to CS, then to CS2, all the way up through to CS6 — we’ll come through with the CC upgrades.

(The good news is that future upgrades to InDesign CC are supposed to be less catastrophic, and more incremental, as part of Adobe’s new cloud-focussed strategy.)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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