I've been thinking a lot lately about how documents need to be richer, more compelling and more evocative artifacts of knowledge work from page design to writing style. This week Adobe took the wraps off Creative Suite 4, which includes all of the company's flagship products for design and production. In July, I was invited to a special NDA workshop at Adobe's San Jose headquarters, previewing CS4's tools with demos and briefings directly from each application team.
I'm really excited about new things people will be able to do in terms of both performance and productivity in CS4: swift workflows for interactive documents and rich knowledge assets rolling seamlessly from page to screen to portable devices. In particular, I was much less intimidated about how non-fulltime designers—amateurs and accidental art directors such as myself—can still leverage the professional power even if they only spend a few days per month on organizational newsletters, websites or multimedia productions.