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  1. We’ve still not seen what new features Adobe will bring to ID in 2016. They might be impressive enough to shake off the feeling that ID development is languishing. But as you note, we have reason to worry.

    The biggest new development, Publish Online, is a feature whose primary beneficaries are large companies needing a way to post in-house documentation. I can use it to post review copies of my books, but that’s about all. Not much for $600 in subscription costs each year. And the other changes in the last year or so hardly rate above the ‘mere tweaks’ level. The pace is definitely far below that I expected when Adobe went to subscriptions. We were treated better when the product sold.

    As an editor and publisher, I’m particularly ticked off that ID’s Hunspell dictionary remains so poor. Microsoft, Apple and Adobe all use it, but don’t seem to want to fund its development despite their huge profits. The vocabulary is poor. The spell-checking lookup is dreadful. I can’t have optional dictionaries for a single document or a project. There are no medical, scientific, or legal dictionaries I can flip on and I do layout for a scientific/legal publisher. For Adobe, that’s not something that’d be hard to implement. All they need do it buy the rights to pre-existing dictionaries to give us something for our $50 a month. The could also simply buy the rights to some of the more useful scripts to add features.


    I’m frustrated enough, I’m considering switching my $50 plan to a $20, ID-only one and perhaps adding the $10 Photoshop plan for a single month when I need to create book covers. I want to send a message to Adobe that it’s neglecting ID, and that’s perhaps the best way to do it. At the moment, the upper management seems to be caught up in the glitz of improving their web and video apps to the exclusion of all else.

    –Mike Perry

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