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Mike Lewis

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  1. Well, here I sit running Adobe CS4 on my 2014 Mac running OS 10.10. Illustrator works, but only with warnings at startup, and I must be very careful about how I open and save files. (The file dialogs don't remember last location, and if I pick folder from the "Recently Used" list, 75% of the time I crash the program. Which sucks during an initial Save As...) Photoshop seems to hold up well, and I can't say I've had any problems with InDesign either. Yep, I've got some pretty great mileage out of CS4 since we bought it in early 2010. I remember learning Quark at college (and used it until about 2004), as at the time that was the industry standard... When I first tried InDesign, I wasn't so sure about it, and I wasn't impressed with importing Quark files, but I eventually got over it. My problem is that I need to upgrade my OS by demands of other unrelated software that I use. (CS4 starts breaking on 10.11, from what I've read.) At one time, the thought of getting CS6 might have been a possibility... but how long will that last me before I'm faced with the same challenge again? A year? Two? Maybe three if I'm lucky? I need to be looking forward, but a subscription model is not in the interest of my company. So, goodbye Adobe... I am an in-house designer for a company very much not in the Graphic Design industry. I like to pay for my software once and squeeze functionality out of it to the extent possible before I have to face the budget committee and ask for another upgrade—or—present all the great reasons and new features that are needed to justify it. We are faced with paying thousands of dollars for our CAD software every few years, and rightly so since that is what really makes us money around here. I'm excited to take Publisher for a spin. I had the company purchase Affinity Photo and Designer last month, and am starting to use those on a regular basis as my Photoshop and Illustrator replacements. I hope to do the same for Publisher, but it will be a tougher pill to swallow if it takes a lot of work to convert many of our company documents—currently in InDesign format—over to the Affinity format. Several of these are in-house books and manuals ranging from 60 to 200 pages. Even if the import isn't perfect (like it was back in the day from Quark to InDesign), or if I need to use some intermediary format like IDML... as long as I can get most of the styles and formatting imported, I can tweak and clean up the rest. My $0.02.
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