Second is the integration of a barebones (yet very functional) asset management system, called Adobe Bridge, which in itself makes the sharing of files between applications much more accessible and powerful.
A third group of improvements falls loosely into the category of metadata, both in the conventional sense (i.e., information about a digital file attached directly to the file) and also a broader sense—the flexibility of attaching nested style information into any part of the various digital file types supported by the CS2 system.
There are lots of bonuses in this upgrade, as well. One is called Adobe Stock Photos service, which provides a direct interface to hundreds of thousands of stock photos from the leading online agencies. Another is expanded support for JDF, a feature of increasing importance to printers.
The feature upgrades in Adobe CS2 are deep and powerful, and afford enormous potential for developers, integrators and publishers with strong IT resources to create dynamic, semi-automated publishing workflows. Unfortunately, the degree of difficulty this entails is such that few will be up to the challenge.
Too many will want to wait for CS3, which is likely to arrive about 18 months from now. Its certain to offer a deeper still integration of features across applications, while equally sure to provide simpler tools for the average user to take advantage of the creativity inherent in the Adobe Creative Suite. (www.adobe.com)
—Thad McIlroy, Contributing Editor
NexPress Goes Off to the Races
ROCHESTER, NY—NexPress Solutions, part of Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, certainly found the right venue to drop the start flag on a 23-city road tour highlighting its digital printing solutions. Its "No Limits Express" mobile demonstration facility was rolled out at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida during the season-opening races for NASCAR's Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series.