Adobe has announced that the InDesign CS PageMaker Edition is now shipping. First introduced during Macworld Conference and Expo last month, the new release includes the PageMaker Plug-in Pack, a set of tools to give PageMaker users a familiar interface if they switch to InDesign.

Jo Ann Buckner, senior product manager and Paul Kim, product marketing manager at Adobe, explained during Macworld that the features PageMaker customers were looking for in a new version were already available as part of Adobe InDesign CS.

The last customer concern that Adobe had to deal with was an issue of workflow for PageMaker users. While PageMaker users indicated to Adobe that InDesign was a product they would use, they also expressed concern for the amount of time and money they had invested in creating a productive workflow and didn't want to lose their investment.

The plug-in pack includes ALAP InBooklet SE; Bullets & Numbering; Position Tool; Data Merge; Enhanced File Converter; Keyboard Shortcuts; Windows Style Toolbar; Template Browser and Professional Templates; and a Training DVD, Supplemental User Guide, Template Guide and Conversion Materials.

Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition for Mac OS X or Windows 2000/XP is immediately available. This version is available to licensed users of Adobe PageMaker for £289 plus VAT.