Change is Good, Ole
Another advantage to using InDesign and InCopy is that the relationship between design and editorial has become more integrated. The two groups are able to collaborate more closely because of the relationship between the two products and Adobe's suite of graphics software. "[The production process] has become better. The main advantage is that now we have an integrated system for layout and editing," states Ramírez Campos. "Editors and writers take less time in editing tasks and are capable of getting a full image of the page, including any photographs or graphic resources to be used. I believe InDesign has improved communication between editors and designers." Furthermore, the product integration allows changes to be seen immediately in the InDesign layout whenever Photoshop, Illustrator or InCopy files are altered. "With InDesign and InCopy, editorial can look at how page will actually look while editing, and the process does not have to be interrupted," enthuses Jimenez. Conversely, the designers at Danilo Black are able to incorporate design elements created in Photoshop or Illustrator directly into their page layouts.
Evidence of a collaborative workflow is furthered when comparing the old and new layout processes. Currently, designers can work on magazine page layouts in InDesign while editors simultaneously tweak those same pages on their own machines using InCopy. For added convenience, editors can work in a different channel for every layout. Ramírez Campos explains how the process works: "For example, you may have several layers, one for pictures, one for fixed elements of a master like page numbers or headlines, and another one exclusively for texts. This makes it easier for the editor to manipulate the text without risking the layout." Previously, it was necessary for editors to work on the designers' machines once the layout was complete, slowing down design and production time greatly. Shortly after the new system was in place, Jimenez had the opportunity to not only realize its efficiency, but its effect on quality. "We had an instance where a new reporter came in and had to make changes on a designer's computer. It was at this time a notorious error was made," laughs Jimenez. "And that was because the system was not followed. I thought, this is why we need [InDesign]." To further increase efficiency, Danilo Black plans to take advantage of the softwares' support for WebDAV server technology in the future. This will allow for real-time editing of pages over the Web, resulting in greater time-savings and convenience.