InDesign: the Bee's Knees?

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Eben Sorkin's picture
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InDesign: the Bee's Knees?
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I have noticed that my old copy of illustrator is not cutting it as a test bed. Surpise Supriiiise. The impression I have gotten on Typophile is that InDesign probably the top tool and most ideal software tool in which to test today. I am BTW not saying that it is not important to test in the less optimal environments. Instead, I am asking what you guys think is the best or most ideal.

Thanks!

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Joined: 22 Dec 2006 - 5:14am
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I use InDesign mostly, which does cut it for me. It's a bit of a bother that it doesn't fully support Opentype, but it's got a lot of nice features and it's a bonus that you can test your font, since there are often all sorts of issues between Illustrator / InDesign / Photoshop. I've moved from Quark last year, and I must say I do prefer InDesign now that I'm used to using it.

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I also use InD as my tool of choice for type testing. I own Quark and had used it since its first version. Now, I won't touch it unless flogged with poison Ivy covered barbed wire.
There are some odd differences in interface between Illustrator and InD when working with type but of everything else currently available, InD is the best one.

ChrisL

Thomas W Phinney's picture
Joined: 3 Sep 2002 - 11:00am
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If you are going to pick one application as your primary test bed, InDesign is a fine choice. (Disclaimer: as I work for Adobe, you may consider me to have a bias here.)

With that being said, there are *many* potential problems that can't be uncovered in *any* single application. IMO, anybody doing serious retail-quality font development needs to test with multiple applications and operating systems.

I also *strongly* recommend you install the Adobe FDK for OpenType, if only to use the CompareFamily tool. It runs a whole bunch of tests and encapsulates a lot of Adobe's expert knowledge about OpenType font development testing. Some of these tests operate both at the level of the whole, family and some on individual fonts.

Cheers,

T

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Thanks Thomas!