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Adobe InDesign

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Score 9.2 out of 100

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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is an industry standard, and I would not trust a professional designer who did not at least have an intermediate level of knowledge in InDesign. It's best suited for multi-page documents, such as book publication, brochures or pamphlets. Its tools allow designers to build wireframe layouts, roughing in placement of images, text or other linked elements. The ability to create multiple page 'masters' allows for implementation of different template components for each document section. For example, the sections can use their own numbering systems, start at different intervals, have different background design components, and if the tools are used properly, they can be used to dynamically generate Table of Contents layouts which saves designers a lot of time. Content can be flowed between sections, so if additional text is added or the text area gets smaller, the text will flow to the subsequent linked text box. Additionally, it's well suited (and intended) for design all the way through the production process, so its print-ready export settings will typically accommodate professional print vendor specifications, supporting bleed, trim, gutter, and complex PDF export options.
Jennifer Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva is a really nice app for businesses that don't have professional designers on staff. While I am a full-time graphic designer, I have also used it when I need a simple graphic to make up for creating posts or stories to promote my business on Instagram or Facebook. I can, of course, do more effects using a professional graphic design program, but Canva is perfect when you're on the go.
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe InDesign

  • Publishing design: The variety of design tools available in InDesign are impressive, helping limit some of the work that needs to be handled in a second program like Photoshop or Illustrator so that we can complete a design sooner. When a second program is necessary, InDesign is also quick to integrate work between Illustrator and Photoshop as well.
  • CSV integration: Comma Separated Values sheets lower our production time in the best way. One InDesign template format with a CSV form can be used to produce the thousands of pages we need each year with the same information for different groups with just a few clicks, instead of the copying and pasting from records that used to be required.
Courtney Birnbaum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • Social media posts: The gallery of social media posts are great. We usually use the templates to show off reviews and testimonials, sale alerts, or new products.
  • Business Stationary: The gallery has plenty of great templates to create business stationary such as letterhead, internal memos, and business cards.
  • Design ideas: If you need something that looks professional but you aren't a great designer, Canva offers a wide selection of templates and ideas for you to piece together something that looks great. You can then use this as the production item, or send this off to a graphic designer to create and polish.
  • Quick and easy editing: The design editor is pretty simple with a point and click interface. You don't need to be familiar with Photoshop, InDesign, or other programs, Canva makes editing pretty easy.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe InDesign

  • The biggest issue that I think hinders people from using Adobe InDesign is how overwhelming it is to get started. The interface is not intuitive and doesn't mimic the layout of any similar application. Because of that, it can be difficult to adopt if your company's employees have not already had experience using it. In my case, I had been introduced to InDesign as an intern and later accepted a full-time role on a team where I was able to improve to an intermediate level because our senior digital designer (an InDesign expert) was there to support me as I used InDesign for content creation. In my opinion, this is a rare opportunity where a company already has an expert available. Having such a difficult learning curve to overcome also seems to impact employee workload. Since it takes a while for employees to understand how to use the platform, creating content using this application is often tacked onto one or to people who understand how to use it - making the person(s) feel overwhelmed.
Brittney Collier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • There are more templates and search functionality on the mobile apps than on the website. This is rather odd and makes the product a bit confusing to use. We sometimes have to find a design idea on the app then save it and use it on the web app. Would be easier if the ability to find designs was just baked into both web and mobile apps.
  • While it is a versatile design tool, Canva does not allow you to import just any fonts. Our team has had to find other workarounds to use the library of fonts we have as they cannot be imported into Canva, despite the functionality being advertised.
  • Being unable to import or export vectors or design files lets Canva down. As a tool that can be used by almost anyone, it needs some advanced features for professional designers. If we could export designs with layers or import them it would really make our workflow much easier.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've had great experiences with the product and plan to continue to use it. It has been my go-to product for designing and creating materials. I have had great luck with it and have been able to create all of the needed marketing materials that have been requested for our company.
Heather Robinette, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 5.1
Based on 2 answers
Because there are tones of different ways to use it properly. Canva provides a very satisfying user experience
Oral Tosun | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 7.0
Based on 4 answers
It takes some time and practice but it is a fantastic tool. It takes time to figure out all the features. Once you get the hang of it, you are off and running. The amount of features is just so extensive. I recommend lots of practice before you work on something complex. Also, follow the tutorials! Tutorials are always helpful to get good practice.
Marsha Junkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 9.0
Based on 10 answers
Canva is so simple and easy to use, it is kind of ridiculous. I wish this software was around years ago. My flyers and graphic design work would have looked so much better and been done much quicker. If you aren't convinced yet, just go download it or go on your computer and try it out!
Matt Graf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 8.2
Based on 68 answers
Adobe InDesign has a vast array of pre-written support documents that could answer almost any questions you could think of. Also, because it's such a popular product, you can find free tutorials (such as YouTube videos) all over the internet. I will say, I'm not sure how easy it is to get a live Adobe support person on the phone, as I've never tried - but I do know they try their best to try to get you to resolve your issue with the information that is already out there before they encourage you to pick up the phone, which is normal for large companies.
Allie (Allison) Egerer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 8.2
Based on 25 answers
I don't think I've ever had to use the support for Canva because everything in the platform is so straight forward. I guess you could say that not having to reach out to anyone based on the performance of their program would qualify them for a ten out of ten rating!
Mark Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Attending Adobe MAX each year is extremely valuable.
Chad Gabriel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canva

Canva 10.0
Based on 2 answers
This question shouldn't be asked for a tool which only requires a sign-up via email/Social.
Ankur Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe InDesign

Quark Express was were is all started. Now it's only used by elitists. Adobe takes the wheel and steers designs toward their suite of interchangeable, cross over desktop and tablet software. InDesign can easily be picked by junior and seasoned professionals. I’ve never met a designer who doesn’t use it every day!
Jason Wilkinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Venngage and Canva are very similar. I feel Canva is more user friendly. However, our office uses a paid version of Venngage which is more robust in features but less user friendly for those who have little to no design experience.
Sami Sonkowsky M.S.Ed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe InDesign

  • This program has benefited our organization positively by allowing the creation of brochures, flyers, and emails to our database of contacts.
  • We would prefer to have a one-time purchase for an actual install CD. We are not a fan of Cloud-based programs that we have to pay for monthly. The benefits do not outweigh the cost per year with Cloud.
Carol Heim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • I don't have hard numbers but we're probably saving thousands on design software each year.
  • We're also probably saving thousands in staffing time each year.
  • As Canva allows us to provide high quality, customized designs, it's probably helped us win a deal or two.
Jessica McCann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe InDesign

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Canva

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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