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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

Kofax Power PDF

1) Attorneys' pages handling, where there are hundreds of existing litigations documents and we need to select some pages and create new ones.2) Filtering out sections of very long documents and create new ones only with the selected ones.3) Apply images to documents even signatures and logos.4) Office automation, especially manual forms evolving to electronic PDF forms.5) Consolidation of several document types such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and many other non-MS Office into one single document.
Ricardo G Lopes | 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

Kofax Power PDF

  • It is very easy to use and straightforward for figuring out the basic and intermediate level usages. I was able to switch from Adobe almost seamlessly.
  • They keep the cost to a minimum compared to other options. As a smaller company, this allowed us to purchase the product for each of our employees and the cost has easily been paid off in paper usage savings as well as productivity.
Anonymous | 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

Kofax Power PDF

  • When saving as PDF using the Microsoft Office add-in, there needs to be a confirmation box asking if the user is happy to continue with the current settings or whether they need to be modified. There are too many times where I have forgotten to configure the settings beforehand and then realised only after the document has been converted. This is particularly painful when working with large documents as they take time to convert.
Bhavik Samani | 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

Kofax Power PDF

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Usability

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 7.1
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

Kofax Power PDF

Kofax Power PDF 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Most tasks are intuitive, but the ones, I have cited already. To get a 10, the Help file should be rewritten. It is not thorough, confused, and sometimes inconsistent.Menus are well structured, although the Page Rotated section of the ribbon looks a bit out of place.Recent files are well located front and center.
Ricardo G Lopes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign 8.2
Based on 69 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

Kofax Power PDF

Kofax Power PDF 7.6
Based on 14 answers
I don't think I am able to provide a rating for the support team as I have never had to contact them. However that on its own could be considered a great rating as I believe the best support system is one that isn't needed because the program works so well.
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

Kofax Power PDF

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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

Kofax Power PDF

I stopped using Adobe products primarily because I was CONSTANTLY being marketed to, both via email and through the products I already paid for. They were always trying to upsell me and get me to subscribe to more monthly/annual payment plans. I am sick and tired of ridiculous software subscriptions and would much rather make a one-time payment for "native" software that is not running in the cloud.
Anonymous | 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

Kofax Power PDF

  • Power PDF has increased my ability to provide quality documents to my clients without working what software they use (Office, QuickBooks, etc.).
  • The learning curve for Power PDF was very short, which enabled me to get up and running quickly.
  • Power PDF is a lot less expensive than most alternatives.
Tom Lutman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Adobe InDesign

General

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

Adobe InDesign Editions & Modules

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Kofax Power PDF

General

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

Kofax Power PDF Editions & Modules

Edition
Power PDF Advanced$1791
Power PDF Standard$1291
Power PDF Standard for Mac$1291
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