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Adobe K2 "Shuksan"

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adobe-k2-shuksan-060.sit (40.74 MB)
MD5: 5045f5a7b4c9beee4e8394040f34a541
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver,

This is K2, a development pre-alpha prototype version of what was to become Adobe InDesign 1.0. Originally codenamed "Shuksan" and later, "K2".

InDesign is the successor to Adobe PageMaker, which was acquired with the purchase of Aldus in late 1994. By 1998 PageMaker had lost almost the entire professional market to the comparatively feature-rich QuarkXPress 3.3, released in 1992, and 4.0, released in 1996. Quark stated its intention to buy out Adobe and to divest the combined company of PageMaker to avoid anti-trust issues.

Adobe rebuffed the offer and instead continued to work on a new page layout application. The project had been started by Aldus and was code-named "Shuksan". It was later codenamed "K2" and was released as InDesign 1.0 in 1999.

— Excerpt Wikipedia: Adobe InDesign

I was pleasantly surprised when accidentally launching the "ShuksanPPC" application (screenshot 3) while running Mac OS 7.6.1, that it had no problem running under that OS. This leads me to think that it's possible, as this app is named "ShuksanPPC", that there could also be a "Shuksan68K" counterpart out there...?

Although able to create and save files, K2 is distinctly a production prototype, useful only as a historical "proof of concept" application.

See Also: InDesign 1.5, InDesign 2.0, InDesign 3.0 (CS 1), InDesign 4.0 (CS 2), for stable Mac OS release versions.

Architecture: PPC

K2 launches on Mac OS 7.5.3 and 7.5.5 OK. However, bad crashes were experienced under both systems...

Runs well on SheepShaver, Mac OS 7.6.1 to 9.0.4


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by miku2007 - 2016, December 23 - 4:50pm

Lovely. Thanks!

Season's Greetings