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    InDesign vs. Illustrator

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    There’s a lot of press comparing InDesign to QuarkXPress…and for good reason.
    But what about InDesign vs. Illustrator?
    I love InDesign, and I have since the day it was released. But, to be honest, Illustrator is now my favorite program. Photoshop used to be, but I’m afraid it has been replaced.
    As these three programs start blending functions more and more, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to do what.
    It didn’t use to be this way. The lines were very clear at one point: Photoshop for raster, Illustrator for vector and a page layout program to pull it all together. Anyone creating an entire flier or ad in Photoshop was breaking the rules and anyone daring enough to layout an entire 12-page brochure in Illustrator was…well…daring…or nuts.
    Now I see it every day. People using these programs not necessarily as intended.
    So now where do we draw the line?
    I’ve seen people layout entire broadsheet newspapers in Illustrator and I’ve seen people buy InDesign just to create single-page fliers.
    Who’s right…who’s wrong?