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Adobe InDesign

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Score 9.1 out of 100

Canva

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Attribute Ratings

  • Adobe InDesign is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Canva is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Adobe InDesign

93%
89 Ratings
8.9

Canva

89%
159 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Adobe InDesign

100%
2 Ratings
9.7

Canva

97%
6 Ratings

Usability

7.2

Adobe InDesign

72%
4 Ratings
9.4

Canva

94%
12 Ratings

Availability

Adobe InDesign

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
1 Rating

Performance

Adobe InDesign

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.3

Adobe InDesign

83%
123 Ratings
6.4

Canva

64%
27 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

Adobe InDesign

100%
1 Rating

Canva

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Adobe InDesign

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

Adobe InDesign

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Canva

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe InDesign

[Adobe] InDesign is excellent for complex, long-length documents that must appear professional and incorporate various aspects of publishing. It can easily handle complex typography, gridded content, templates, accessibility concerns, and more. However, it is a complicated program to master and best used by designers, so content that needs to be edited frequently by non-designers would not be suggested for this program.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva is ideal for both big and small businesses as graphic designers' time is usually limited. Any person working in marketing or an SMB owner who wants to quickly create aesthetically appealing images for ads, social media or otherwise can do it quickly.If you want some nitty-gritty changes to the image or if you have tight specs you would need to use other tools like Photoshop.
Alex Chaidaroglou | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe InDesign

  • Customization - With Adobe InDesign, as well as many other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite, I can fully customize my workspaces and save different workspaces. This makes it easy to navigate through my project and have the panels and tools I need easily accessible and configured based on my project needs.
  • Styles - Adobe InDesign has character styles, object styles, and tables styles. This speeds up my workflows and allows me to easily apply the same format across multiple elements. This is super helpful, especially when working with length documents.
  • File compatibility - I can easily export my files into so many different file types.
  • The Book feature - This feature is really helpful when creating books or very long documents with multiple sections.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • Provides readily accessible approved fonts and colors for our university publications.
  • A great selection of templates to select from.
  • Lots of resources for design, like photos, clip art, backgrounds, and other design elements.
  • The ability to share your design with others at the university.
  • The ability to download your design as a png, pdf, jpg, svg, even MP4 video or gif.
  • Easy to edit and alter the design and not lose what you had by creating clones of previous designs and then make the changes.
Peggi Wolfe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe InDesign

  • Ordering the pages with dragging is a bit counter-intuitive
  • The "Links" section needs improvement - it might be very beneficial to have the links displayed (and saved) in the "links" sections for dragging and reusing without having to re-insert
  • I think the relinking option works well - Would it be possible to the automatic relink to work even if file was renamed? A prompt will be [shown] to the user to help them approve or disapprove of this action.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • Some pretty basic fonts are missing from the database, which proves to be annoying when trying to stay on brand
  • Pre-grouping sections of templates can be a hassle to figure out
  • Creating your own template from scratch can have it's hiccups, but that could be my lack of design experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe InDesign

General

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

Starting Price

$0 per year (per month)

Adobe InDesign Editions & Modules

Edition
Annual Plan, Prepaid$239.88 ($19.99)1
Annual Plan, Paid Monthly$251.88 ($20.99)1
Monthly Plan31.492
  1. per year (per month)
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Canva

General

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

Starting Price

$12.95 per month

Canva Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$12.951
Enterprise$30.002
  1. per month
  2. Per Month Per User
Additional Pricing Details

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 9.7
Based on 6 answers
The ease of use makes Canva a powerful tool for manipulating images, creating original content, and testing ideas without requiring the involvement of graphic design or more time-intensive image editing software such as Photoshop. While it doesn't have the full functionality of a mature software, such as Photoshop, The speed and simplicity of Canva makes it a necessity in a business of any size
Thomas White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 7.2
Based on 4 answers
If you know what you are doing it is an amazingly granular and powerful application. You can control pretty much any aspect of the design and layout of your documents and make changes globally and rapidly. But, if you don't know what you are doing...you will be staring at your screen in bewilderment for a long time. You can learn it, but be ready for a hefty time investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 9.4
Based on 12 answers
It is super easy to use, but it could be limiting if you're on a small device. It is easier on a bigger device because you can resize graphics and text easier than with your fingers on a small device. I do think it's perfect and easy for non-designers who don't have any training. As long as you have a good eye for visuals, Canva is a wonderful substitute for graphics programs on-the-go.
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canva

Canva 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have yet to encounter Canva being offline in at least 6 years of using it regularly. They also announce well in advance if there may be upgrades to the code and the hours during which there may be issues accessing the service.
Thomas White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canva

Canva 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I haven't ever had issues with a slow-loading site and there haven't been any lag issues within the software. There have been maybe a handful of times over the past six years where I have tried to upload a large image and it will slow down as it loads the last megabyte, but I have yet to have the system time out or require any interference by me
Thomas White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 8.3
Based on 123 answers
Adobe support is ok but not great. Chat support often doesn't initially understand the question at-hand and it takes awhile to get to the right agent. Phone support has long wait times, and though I've had more luck there, it does take quite a time investment if you are looking for help. However, Adobe does have some online learning solutions available as well as a knowledgebase for frequently asked questions. If you're looking to learn how to use the platform, there are lots of resources which can typically be found in a few Google searches. If you have a technical issue with the system, that's going to be a bit more of a time investment as far as getting a tech's assistance to resolve the problem.
Jennifer Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Canva 6.4
Based on 27 answers
Overall, Canva is easy to use, easy to train others to use, allows for creativity with a professional look without enormous associated costs. The mobile apps works almost as easily, but at a minimum allows for easy review and downloading in a pinch. Really, anyone can learn to use Canva quickly and will immediately benefit from the results.
Anonymous | 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 3 answers
Remember to download the mobile app onto your phone for easy image manipulation on the go. Adding company colors, logos, and typefaces to your company account is an easy process. When images are uploaded, these can also be shared between accounts within a company, as can canvases you've created for easy editing among teams.
Thomas White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign allows for quicker, simpler, and more powerful manipulation of images and text. Photoshop, granted is not for text editing, has weak text tools. Illustrator, granted is not for pixel-based image editing, can be weak for combining text and images in one file. PowerPoint makes everything take multiple clicks and has weaker tools that make changes take too long and be annoying to make.
Avery Chipman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

Despite that fact that PowerPoint wasn't completely replaced by Canva, it's now used as a base for sketches and drafts. Presentations are much easier to prepare in Canva, taking advantage of their templates. PowerPoint required more time and edition just to create a standard looking slide... while Canva gives non-creatives the chance to create faster with a greater visual impact.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Adobe InDesign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Canva

Canva 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to add accounts and share content between them. Collaboration is also easy to manage and can be done on a project-by-project basis. The cloud-based software means it is incredibly fast to add a coworker and have them editing images within minutes. A live internet connection is required to access Canva so this is something to consider if expecting to use the software while on journeys without access to wifi etc
Thomas White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe InDesign has allowed us to tackle more projects in the same amount of time because of how well it integrates into our group's workflow.
  • For awhile, we struggled only with a slowdown in digital guides. Because, as I mentioned earlier, there is not a clear way to combine individual documents into one document quickly, some editors were forced to spend a long time transferring each page into the final document that would be used with Publish Online. We have since found a workaround that does not include using Publish Online.
Courtney Birnbaum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Canva

  • As far as ROI is concerned, Canva has proven itself time and time again as having a positive impact for business.
  • Just yesterday, I had to prepare an hour-long presentation on the fly; the great reviews of the presentation and the materials (all made in Canva) only served to advertise for Canva and it proves that Canva is a smart investment.
  • I don't think in the time that I have been a Canva pro user that I can say that my ROI has been negatively impacted. Highest recommendation. The software more the casually pays for itself time and time again.
Kathleen M Jarchow | TrustRadius Reviewer

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