I layout catalogs and production materials for a pajama company, and I use pattern swatches extensively to depict our pajama prints on illustrated garment blanks. I'm currently using CS3 (and trying to convince my boss to upgrade), and I have to do all my layout in Illlustrator because InDesign can't do anything with the pattern swatches. I know I can import objects that have a pattern swatch applied, and, while it looks pixellated, prints correctly. But where I can't alter them or re-apply the swatch or anything, it's too much of a hassle in going back and forth between the programs. So much so, that I haven't been using InDesign at all.
I'm fine with creating the swatches in Illustrator, but I need to be able to create a pattern swatch pallette for InDesign or something. Anything.
Pending this new feature for InDesign CS7 (or perhaps 8), have you ever tried Teacup's PatternMaker?
There are definitely some things which Illustrator is better at doing. Pattern swatches is one of them. In fact, Illustrator CS6 has a much improved method for creating pattern swatches.
See this Adobe TV video:
I haven't heard of the Teacup software- I'll definitely look in to it.
@ Steve Werner
It was seeing the improved pattern swatch stuff in CS6 that got me looking in to this issue again. I think the fact that CS6 is now available in 64 bit will be enough to convince my boss to upgrade, but the more I can improve my workflow the better.
Thanks for the replies.
poop. I had seen that Illustrator would have better pattern swatch creation tools (which is what re-ignited my interest in this subject). Then I saw that it would come in 64 bit, and I assumed InDesign would, too.
Thanks for the info.