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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)
Mon Apr 23, 2012, 03:22 PM
Spike89 (1,569 posts)
15. Just a pain for smaller operations
On the surface, regular improvements/updates to software is a good thing. In practical terms, it is a fiasco and major hurdle for small and mid-sized publishers (and I'm sure for other creative areas). It really isn't too awful hard to keep our in-house staff synchronized, but it is a fair amount of staff time devoted to what is essentially non-producing overhead.
There are two areas where the constant updating is killing us though. The first is archiving and backup. Although each version of inDesign pretty much opens previous versions (at least from the last few years)--there are "opened" files and then there are "opened and as is" files. We often need to reprint a book that may be a year or two old (sometimes older) and it is frustrating to find that subtle "enhancements" in the new versions of CS change the flow of legacy inDesign files. In essence, we need to proof the entire book for weirdness. Of course we use PDFs, but if we have errata, PDFs aren't always an option and we go back to the inDesign file.
The second problem is managing the freelancer pool. As with most publishers, we use a fair number of freelance artists, designers, typesetters, and others who need to be able to open the files we send them, save them and send them back to us. Adobe is pretty good with backward compatibility (CS 5.1 opens 5.0 files seamlessly) but forward compatibility doesn't work (can't open a 5.1 file with 5.0). That means that if all our freelancers are on 5.0, it just makes things difficult for us when we jump to 5.1. We must "save as 5.0" and that means most of the benefits of 5.1 are lost to us AND our designers have to cope with remembering which people have which versions.
What really makes the whole thing extremely frustrating is that there isn't a real payoff from the last few updates. Some nice tweaks sure, but we were capable of producing the same quality books in roughly the same amount of time years ago with CS 3. There is no jumping off the upgrade bandwagon if you deal with outside clients, freelancers, or printers.
Publishers desperately need stability in the versions much more than an overheated upgrade cycle.
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