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Adobe InDesign 1.5

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (309.38 MB)
MD5: e8877fb01ed65f85a58cf9f758889d50
For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver,

    High-end page layout program created for graphic designers, production artists, and prepress professionals who want to design on the desktop but have the ability to print on a commercial offset press or a desktop printer. You can use the program to produce magazine spreads, brochures, flyers, CD covers, catalogs, and advertisements. Adobe introduced the first version in September 1999 as an alternative to QuarkXPress. Many reviewers (as well as this one) thought the program was an excellent start in integrating page layout, prepress, and drawing tools, but other users felt that Adobe had left out important features. Thus Adobe has quickly released the new version (which includes a slew of new features) and addresses about 90% of the omissions mentioned by various users.

— PC Cafe Review: Adobe InDesign 1.5 "A Must Have Upgrade!"

List of New and Enhanced Features since version 1.0: [Show]
    1. New Operating System Support
    2. Path Type (Text on a Path)
    3. Built-in Trapping
    4. Vertical Justification
    5. Drag-and-Drop Color
    6. Styles for Printer and PDF Output
    7. Enhanced Pages Palette
    8. New Ways to Create Clipping Paths
    9. Configure Plug-ins Command
    10. Find Font Command
    11. New Transformation Tool Options
    12. New Options for Master Pages
    13. Eyedropper Tool
    14. New Default CMYK Swatches
    15. More Control Over Stories
    16. New Location for Preferences and Color Settings Commands
    17. New Drawing Tools
    18. Enhanced Shape Drawing
    19. New Path Editing Options
    20. Enhanced Palettes
    21. Enhanced Grids and Rulers
    22. New Tab and Indent Options
    23. Portable Hyphenation
    24. Paragraph Formatting Enhancements
    25. New Object Distribution Options
    26. Improved Default Color Names
    27. New Options for Graphics Display

See Also: K2 "Shuksan", InDesign 2.0, InDesign 3.0 (CS 1), InDesign 4.0 (CS 2).

Architecture: PPC


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by MikeTomTom - 2020, August 1 - 1:07pm

@Captain_Obvious: Quite right. - and they aren't available from the Web Archive, either. - I've removed the 27MB Top DL for version 1.5.0, plus the dead links to the 1.5.2 updater etc, as the current 309MB #2 DL (now #1 DL) is the final and full installer for version 1.5.2 plus has all extras - No further updates are required or available for version 1.5.x.

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by Captain_Obvious - 2020, August 1 - 9:51am

The links to the two updaters from the Adobe support site seem to be useless now. They bring up the page with a link/button to download the updates, but the update files themselves are missing from Adobe's servers.

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, December 22 - 10:15pm

I have added the prototype version 'K2' of Adobe InDesign 1.0

@Kitchen2010: Thanks for this gem. I've moved it to its own page, which I think it deserves. Mainly because of 1.5 being a "milestone" public release since ID version 1.0 and K2 being a much earlier development internal released copy.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2015, July 20 - 5:15pm

I have added the prototype version 'K2' of Adobe InDesign 1.0 from MacsRUS' archive.

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by turtlecroc - 2011, January 25 - 1:31am

Thanks. Very good, but i get a lot of disk usage--more than with Pagemaker 6.5. Anyone know why? There doesn't seem to be any way to set the ~scratch drive location. e.g. to a RAMdisk.

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by xy - 2010, February 17 - 6:47pm

Thanks for the hint. I should have taken that possibility into consideration; I have experienced in other cases that Stuffit Standard 7.0.3 works better than Stuffit Deluxe 7.0.3.

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by TataMisia - 2010, February 17 - 6:36pm

I use to unpack it StuffIt 7.0.3 Standard. And without errors... Smile

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by xy - 2010, February 17 - 6:33pm

I have found out what the problem was: My Stuffit Deluxe 7.0.3 did not open the archive correctly. For some reason the unstuffing process always stops with the InDesign Library. I then have to select the rest of the archive and unstuff. The InDesign Library, however, I have to separately unstuff to be complete. After this InDesign 1.5.2 starts without problems.

However, the preinstalled package does not contain the following files:

All international dictionaries apart from English dictionaries. This is quite important since MacintoshGarden is an fairly international forum. The dictionaries are installed by Custom Install only.

Easy install also installs the following files which are missing here:

The control panel "Adobe Gamma"

"Proximity" in the system folder:preferences:Adobe Indesign:version 1.5:

in system folder:application support:Adobe:fonts:AFM files:

the same fonts without .AFM
in system folder:application support:adobe:fonts:

in system folder:application support:adobe:TypeSpt:

in system folder:application support:adobe:web:

16 ColorSyncProfiles according to the installer log file included in the InDesign 1.5 folder
in system folder:ColorSync Profiles:

Custom install probably also installs the SVG Viewer 3.0.

xy's picture
by xy - 2010, February 15 - 9:37am

I've heard about people literally beating their Macs for the frequent crashes.

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by themacmeister - 2010, February 14 - 10:36am

I found that InDesign 2.0x crashed when doing any Tables of more than simplistic nature... It got so bad, that you used to save after EVERY small change to a table. I do not believe that 1.52 had this issue, although the Table tools themselves were simpler in 1.5x. As far as I was concerned, this was an EPIC BUG in InDesign 2, that was never fixed - which is weird. I had ample memory and swap space, it was fully patched and up-to-date. This is why I want to revert to 1.52 Smile

PS. I have the 2.0 updater, and 2.0 installer to post, if anyone is interested?

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by xy - 2010, February 13 - 11:06pm

TataMisia, I also use Mac OS 9.2.2, CarbonLib 1.6, ColorSync, etc. installed. As a matter of fact, I have InDesign 2.0.2 installed which works. The weird thing is, I copied your InDesign 1.5 folder onto my hard drive and double clicked the application. InDesign 1.5.2 started, but in the midst of starting asked for a library which I had in my InDesign 2 folder. I copied that libary into the InDesign 1.5 folder and started again. Suddenly, the application asked for another lib which I had in the InDesign 2 folder. This went on until InDesign 1.5 asked for a lib which I did not have in the InDesign 2 folder - so I assumed that this was a unique InDesign 1.5 lib. Therefore, I thought that many libs were missing in your archive. However, it might be that there is a conflict between InDesign 1.5 and 2 - but, according to Adobe information it is possible to have installed both InDesign 1.5 and 2.

Then I took a look at your installer log file. It said nothing about missing libs but told me that the installer installed some files into the system folder - which ones you can see in the log if you search for the keyword "system folder". Actually, InDesign 2 installs quite a huge amount of files into the Adobe application support folder (which is one of the reasons why InDesign 2 needs a lot of RAM).

Thus, the reason why the application works on your computer and not on mine might be that you have all the missing systems files installed which I do not have.

bertyboy, It might be sufficient to add all the files which the installer puts into the system folder according to TataMisia's installer log file. As I already mentioned, InDesign creates several folders in the Adobe application support folder and in addition creates an Adobe InDesign Preferences folder. To my knowledge, the installer does not install any system extensions. If I recall it correctly, TataMisias folder is about 76 or 77 MB uncopressed. The amount of missing files seems to be maybe 3 MB.

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by TataMisia - 2010, February 13 - 3:41pm

xy: I dont know... I download this from internet, unpack and work. I use Mac OS 9.2.2
Maybe you havent some newest important system library like Color Sync , Quick Draw 3D, Carbon Lib or other...

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by bertyboy - 2010, February 13 - 3:25pm

Do you know ho much is missing ?

I have the full install CD, it's about 79MB, 31.6MB compressed. But I don't want to make the effort to download the 25MB here to try to find out what you need.

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by xy - 2010, February 13 - 3:18pm

TataMisia, the application does not start up because all the libraries are missing. The libraries should be in the InDesign 1.5 folder.
Also, the installer might have put some stuff into several places of the Adobe folder of the application support folder of the system folder and created a preferences folder named Adobe InDesign. At least this is what the installer of InDesign 2 does.

MacMeister, it's good to know that InDesign 1.5.2 is stable because v2.0.2 is not. 2.0.2 often (not always) crashes with errory type 2 when shut down and then restarted. One then has to restart the computer. At least, this is what happens with my InDesign 2.

InDesign 1.5.2 has filters for old word processors like Word 5 which InDesign 2 no longer has. Another good thing. Those filters do not seem to work with InDesign 2; I tried that out.

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by Euryale - 2010, February 10 - 9:29pm

Only 8 hours difference,
Ok, Thanks again.

TataMisia's picture
by TataMisia - 2010, February 10 - 9:23pm

Was 12:40 pm (lunch time)

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by Euryale - 2010, February 10 - 9:15pm

Ok, TataMisia Thanks for the Info!
I didn't know that,

Hey, What time was (in your Country) when I posted the Question?
Here in América (Mexico) was 4:40am
just curious...

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by TataMisia - 2010, February 10 - 11:51am

Euryale: my english is bad, but I try explain.
Illustrator is graphic editor (photo editor like Photoshop). InDesign is DTP creator (like Quark Xpress, Pagemaker or Adobe Acrobat) - to create ready-to-print procucts like info-folders, books, etc.

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by TataMisia - 2010, February 10 - 11:39am

I make direct (without login and password) link to resources now.

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2010, February 10 - 11:40am

I'm confused,

What's the difference between PageMaker, inDesign and Illustrator,
I mean, what can you do with these things?

I have PageMaker, but I've never used it.

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by themacmeister - 2010, February 10 - 10:28am

If memory serves, this version (1.52) introduces transparencies - therefore making this easily the best version of InDesign released - certainly beats all the CS1/CS2/CS3 versions for speed and stability. Everything you can do in those versions, you can do in 1.52.

I *HIGHLY RECOMMEND* this version.

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by TataMisia - 2010, January 29 - 11:27pm

Must registred