Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign

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Adobe InDesign


What is Adobe InDesign?

Adobe InDesign supports creating digital and print documents such as flyers, stationary, posters, and other types of media, with rich graphics, images, and more. Adobe InDesign is available standalone or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite collection of media...
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The industry standard

9 out of 10
November 25, 2021
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What is Adobe InDesign?

Adobe InDesign supports creating digital and print documents such as flyers, stationary, posters, and other types of media, with rich graphics, images, and more. Adobe InDesign is available standalone or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite collection of media management and creation products.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Adobe InDesign supports creating digital and print documents such as flyers, stationary, posters, and other types of media, with rich graphics, images, and more. Adobe InDesign is available standalone or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite collection of media management and creation products.

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The most common users of Adobe InDesign are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Allie (Allison) Egerer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe InDesign is currently being used in our company to create and/or receive design files for our clients' direct mail needs, this mostly includes forms and envelopes. We also use it to create the copy decks for the direct mail we send out. The software is only used by our Marketing and Lettershop departments. The reason we choose Adobe InDesign over other products is because of it's complexity and because of its standardization in the industry. As far as complexity goes, we have found that other products just don't seem to compare when it comes to the amount of things the tool itself can do. We use it for aspects such as mail merge, layering, shared libraries, master pages, and much more. When it comes to standardization in the industry, you really aren't going to find a more standard product used for design than an Adobe product. It makes it much easier to work in a agency setting, like we do, when you use the same products as your clients.
  • Layering - When comparing to products like Microsoft Word, the layering becomes a big plus for Adobe InDesign. Layering allows you to turn "on" and "off" certain aspects of your document, such as if you wanted to show what a direct mail piece looks like with just the art work showing and then again with sample data showing by just the click of a button.
  • Master Pages - Again, when comparing to Microsoft Word, master pages in Adobe InDesign takes "styling" just a little bit further. It makes it much easier to create certain multiple styles that you can easily apply (or not apply) to various pages. Such as if you wanted the page number and company to show on certain pages, and not on others.
  • Cloud Libraries - This is a GREAT feature for companies who have multiple employees working in the software. When one employee adds an element to a Cloud Library, every other employee has access to it as well. This doesn't just pertain to images, like you would think - you can add things like styles, whole paragraphs (such as boiler plates), fonts, brand colors, and more. The great part is, you also don't have to be working in an online browser in order to access them.
  • Crashes - It is almost understandable because of how large the software is, but we have had issues with the product crashing randomly, more so than others software we use.
  • Incompatible Versions - Recently we have had some issues with opening files from other organizations and getting a message stating that their document was made with a "newer version" than ours and that it's incompatible - even though we don't have any pending updates to our software. It can be confusing because now that the Creative Cloud version exists, it seems like there should no longer be error issues for "newer" versions (such as InDesign 5.1, or InDesign 6.1, like there used to be - now it's just InDesign CC going forward with no newer versions.) So this error message, in theory, shouldn't be happening.
  • Complicated - Again, it is understandable because of how complex of a tool this is, but this is not a tool you are going to be fully able to train a coworker on in a week. In fact most people who have used it for years still probably only use about 10-20% of the tools features. This type of software, unlike Microsoft Word, is usually only used by people who work in field of design/creative, so you wouldn't expect every employee to be able to use it.
Adobe InDesign would be well suited for scenarios such as created very intricate documents, such as ones that are utilizing many different views or layers. It would also be well suited for creating very large documents such as creating manuals or books for print. A scenario where Adobe InDesign would be less appropriate would be for creating a logo or a graphic. It also might be less appropriate for something such as a simple company document like an offer letter, or a fax, not that it couldn't be used but it would be similar to using a scientific calculator to add 2+2, it's just too complex of a tool to be used for something as simple as that.
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.
Linda Galota | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe InDesign is the perfect choice for the design and visual organisation of information and content. For my work, I used Adobe InDesign to collect, brainstorm, and present ideas to be perfectly suited to the communication style of the brand. Adobe InDesign allowed me to quickly and effectively organise content in a great way.
  • Visually organise content
  • Create perfectly balanced layout
  • Effectively producing content
  • Simplify tools
  • Make the work area more intuitive
  • Provide cues to improve the final result of the project
Adobe InDesign is perfectly suited to organise, visualise and prepare well-polished visual content produced with balance, good layout, and structure. Yet, it can sometimes be a little too complicated to prepare scratches or for simply "getting the idea" of something because it can take a little bit more time to have everything well fixed.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use this program everyday in all of our creative branding projects. It helps us produce high quality work to express the brands we work with.
  • Easy interface for working on design.
  • Meshes seamlessly with other Adobe products
  • Constantly updating with improvements
  • Sometimes font issues are a little wonky - not sure why.
  • Could they make it so you could do image editing within the program?
I use it daily for all work I do at my agency. It is a reliable program that is very user-friendly. Logo work is probably better done in Illustrator & image editing better in Photoshop.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
There are two designers within our organization and both of us use Adobe InDesign on a daily basis. As I have worked with this software since its inception (switching over from QuarkXPress), I have enjoyed the continual upgrades to to user friendliness, efficiency and capabilities. I primarily use it for non-digital marketing outputs, but it does have the ability to make PDF documents interactive and output for the web.
  • Page Layout - everything from single brochures to multi-page books
  • Integrate seamlessly with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Intuitive, user-friendly modules and workflow
  • Adobe continues to have an issue with not making controls apple to apples across all of its primary products (InDesign - Photoshop - Illustrator). Would be great if someday all actions within each software could be found in the same place.
It is still primarily a 'printed pieces' page layout tool. However, I have also used it to create wireframes for web design and have even exported PDF files with interactive features.
Adobe has the appearance of being very responsive but it is still sometimes easier to Google an issue or watch a solution on YouTube than it is to get a direct response from Adobe.
Trish Lofton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe InDesign is used for most of the marketing pieces developed for our university. InDesign is the standard software for any type of printing project. It helps that everyone uses the same design program. Files are easily shared which helps during material updates. The new updates provide several extremely useful tools to save time on projects.
  • InDesign is great for creating projects like eBooks, digital magazines, and other online documents. You can add in features like audio, video, slideshows, and animations.
  • If you are working with a team, the software provides several collaboration tools to streamline content creation.
  • If a project calls for image descriptions, the alternative texts are an easy way to meet the needs of visually impaired readers.
  • If you are a new user, it can take a considerable amount of time to understand the layout concepts and terminology. This is especially true if you are just beginning to learn how to design any type of document.
  • For functionality, it would be great to have a few wizards to help beginners set up a document properly. This could be based on they type of project (print media, online, eBooks, etc.).
InDesign is perfect for print and digital publications! You can set up master pages with just a few clicks of the mouse. The new font search is extremely helpful if you have long list of typefaces. It is no longer necessary to scroll through the list. The updated version features several new HTML enhancements.
I never had any issues with the software so I can't speak to the overall software support.
Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
InDesign is our go-to program for any sort of print design. When I began at this agency a number of years ago, Quark was still the standard being used for print design and I made a huge push to bring us entirely into the Adobe creative suite. Particularly as we're already using the likes of Photoshop for photo editing, Illustrator for vector graphics, it just makes sense to utilize a program that works seamlessly with its sister programs. Many print shops also are starting to refuse to accept Quark files for printing so, getting with the times was critical both for our workflows as well as ability to deliver on projects.
  • Merges seamlessly with other Adobe products.
  • Robust and versatile in ability to create character and paragraph styles which helps with overall document changes if needed.
  • Great ability to render images at high or lower resolution while working on projects which helps dramatically with load speeds for larger publications.
  • Font activation and preview can sometimes be a bit fussy depending what you're using for font management.
  • So many new features are regularly rolled out (not a negative) that I find myself often having to ask Google where to find one of my libraries or settings when a new iteration is rolled out. Consider this a semi-negative.
InDesign is not great for creating standalone graphics, and often a bit cumbersome if you're just looking to do a single page layout, but absolutely critical for anything that's being laid out for 2 pages or more. Can handle spot colors, pantone, RGB and CMYK swatches making it perfect for most any project being printed in any number of ways, or even simply something to be exported to a digital and interactive PDF as the hyperlink embed ability makes some really robust digital output.
I can usually easily enough find an answer to a question in the help documentation or online in support forums- can't say I've really had any outstanding issues while using the software.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe InDesign is used to work with our longer courses and documents. It is easier to work with and has far fewer hiccups than Microsoft Word. I really enjoy using libraries for easy access to fonts, logos, and colors of the brand. Adobe InDesign saves time due to its ease of use.
  • Design layout
  • Shortcuts
  • Libraries
  • Synchronization with the rest of the Adobe family
Adobe InDesign is well suited for long-form documents and less suited for single-page documents with intricate details.
  • Online Training
I'm neutral as I haven't needed to use support.
Yes. Everything went smoothly and they had instructions on any new features.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Adobe InDesign to create print and digital communications for multiple audiences. With Adobe InDesign, I can prepare, share, and distribute polished and visually compelling marketing and communication materials.
  • 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.
  • Although, you can export Adobe InDesign documents into many file formats like pdf or jpeg. I do wish I could export Adobe InDesign files to PowerPoint or video. Adobe InDesign now has a lot of interactive elements. It would be nice to create an interactive or dynamic digital piece in [Adobe] InDesign and then export it to video. Adobe InDesign really has great master page options, it would be great to design presentations or templates using Adobe InDesign and export [them] to google slides, keynote, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Price - Adobe InDesign is expensive. They do offer subscription-based plans through the Adobe Creative Cloud, but you also get a cancellation fee, if you cancel your plan before the 12-month term is up.
  • The trial period - Adobe used to offer a 30 day trial period. Now there is only a 7-day trial. That is really not a long enough time to evaluate a robust and feature-dense application like Adobe InDesign.
Adobe InDesign is ideal for page layout and graphic design. It is not an ideal tool for retouching or editing a photo. For that, I would recommend Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. You can create some vector shapes and graphics within Adobe InDesign. However, Adobe Illustrator is really the go-to tool for creating vector graphics.
John La Belle | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Indesign is being used in our graphic design company for the final layout of print publications including books, brochures, business cards, wedding invitation packages, flyers, stationery packages, posters, signage and most other artwork for printing and specialties.
  • Powerful tools for handling large amounts of text, with full control over white space, kerning, justification, leading and all other aspects of typesetting.
  • Combining text with graphics from other applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDRAW! and other graphic programs.
  • Powerful Prepress controls for pre-flighting your print publication, handling overprints and trapping, and doing both Pantone spot color as well as 4 color process separations.
  • The only thing I don't like about InDesign is the CS Live Adobe Community Help interface. It's highly buggy and difficult to search. It's usually much easier to just do a Google search for a solution or feature you cant find, rather than try to use the Community interface.
InDesign is especially well designed for use in the Graphic Design, Printing and Advertising industries.
Support is hit or miss. As mentioned before, the CS Live help system is problematic, so your best bet for support is searching the web for solutions if you run into a problem, and you invariably are lead to a solution at the Adobe Website, or at other Graphic Design forums.
November 25, 2021

The industry standard

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
InDesign is the gold standard as far as desktop composition software goes for publishers. We (and our vendors) use the product to create page layouts for the vast majority of book projects.
  • Incredibly deep feature set.
  • Flexible UI.
  • Fast.
  • Good design/UX.
  • Expensive.
  • Not intuitive for beginners.
InDesign may not be the best choice for a small publisher or an organization with very simple needs for creating published print materials, but we use it for everything from marketing flyers (before 2020, of course), and about 90% of new book projects. It may not maximally be useful for teams with a low volume of products or who are not creating full books, magazines, newspapers, etc., as it might not be a good value for the price.
November 24, 2021

The best we found!

Kelsie Hamilton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We create a book (about 200 pages) for our Board Members twice a year. The product that we used to create for our board was very simple, not exciting, and was created by combining a bunch of PDFs. It really wasn't a very innovative product. So, we started to think about how to "spice" up our product, for readability (particularly on digital devices), and for engagement by our board. We've used it for the last two years now.
  • Tutorials.
  • Visual.
  • Customizable.
  • Usability.
  • Functionality.
  • Consistency.
It is well suited when you have a staff member that can be dedicated to learning the process. It's not necessarily the easiest to just "pick up" and run with it. My team member was able to really dig in and learn how to use it, and then train myself afterward.
November 23, 2021

Love my InDesign

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use InDesign on the daily when working on catalogs, decks, sale sheets. It's a great tool when you have to lay out multiple pages including spreads when submitting artwork over to our printer. Easy to work with and love the overall layout when you have to manage pages, assets, and a plus when adding hyperlinks to objects.
  • Layout
  • Spread
  • Fast
  • Easy to setup
  • There are times when fonts and linked images go missing or need to be relinked even if root files were not moved.
  • There can be glitches at times.
  • Speed over quality. Would love the software to work faster with multiple files open.
When working on booklets, multiple-page files, I highly recommend using InDesign. Illustrator is capable but there are limitations that InDesign makes it much easier to use. Especially when having to layout and export in a spreadsheet style. Overall file handling is very easy with InDesign when handing files over. The interface is clean and you can even block off all objects off the canvas so it doesn't clutter the overall space
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Adobe InDesign here at Berlin Grey Design Studio whenever we have projects that revolve around print. Though not all are used for it it's great for working on projects like brochures or booklets – wherever pages are required. I personally enjoy using it over all of the Adobe Creative Suite softwares so I will use it for things like flyers and business cards too.
  • Working with multiple pages.
  • This goes for all Adobe Creative Suite: The default keyboard shortcuts should all be the same for essentials!
Adobe InDesign is best suited for print-related projects with pages, such as a brochure. It's not appropriate for doing vector work like scalable illustrations – that's where you'd jump into Adobe Illustrator.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm a graphic designer of our design department. We are currently using [Adobe] InDesign for creating catalog, brochures, and sellsheets of our company's products. Every year our company will make new product catalog and new sellsheets, we are following the same template, which [Adobe] InDesign helps a lot with, so we just apply the master page and fill it in with new content, it makes our catalog style consist and also makes our lives easier.
  • master pages helps apply the same layout
  • character style
  • paragraph style
  • the linked text frame sometimes bugs me
  • maybe [Adobe] InDesign can automatically read a folder called "links" as AI does
  • besides, all good
I really love the way [Adobe] InDesign allows us the apply and change the template briefly. When we are doing catalogs, it saves us a lot of time to play with the layout. Also, the character style and paragraph style help a lot, instead of changing the font type and size all the time, we just need to click on the style name.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Used in the marketing department to build high-level marketing packages for properties listed for sale. We use a combination of software to produce the components of the package and finish it in [Adobe] InDesign. The control of text elements and images is key to the finished product and there is no other product on the market that makes our work easy and possible.
  • Full control over text elements - size and fit
  • Precise image placement and manipulation
  • Exact design layouts and template creation
  • The heads-up spell check feature would be nice
  • Formatted tables for font/size
  • Auto-save or easier access to save options
Any scenario where a high-level, high-quality production is required. Being able to integrate multiple images/image formats and clean text and text elements. We handled most projects with the same professional finishes and standards, but when a big deal comes through, it's comforting to know that we can take it up a couple notches with [Adobe] InDesign.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a digital marketing firm with government agencies as a key sector, compliance with Section 508 of the ADA and WCAG is critical when producing documents. [Adobe] InDesign allows us to produce documents compliant for low vision users, without limiting aesthetics the same way that other programs do. In addition, its built in features allow maintaining multiple clients effortless.
  • Professional-level document design
  • WCAG compliance, particularly for screen readers
  • Branding and asset organization
  • Complex data must be handled in a different program
  • Table design & remediation is too complicated
  • Program competency is easy, but mastery is difficult
[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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use in-Design as : 1) A user (an architect and educator) 2) An educator 3) A project manager for junior architects My experience is different in the 3 ways. As a user, I use it for layouts of design projects, design portfolios and research submissions. It helps me achieve a clean look for the project I am working on. I also use it as a thinking tool. However, with students and junior architects I guide, I find it more useful as the last stop before printing out a project.
  • Creating a layout for projects, reports, research publications, portfolios..
  • Numbering pages and creating a streamlined/consistent look for pages (intermediate to advanced)
  • Filling out a template prepared by an expert, even as a beginner
  • 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.
I think InDesign is very suitable for creating reports while the design work is still being done. This means that everytime a design or picture is updated, you can see it updated real-time in InDesign. This allows multiple teams to work in parallel towards the deadline. The graphic design team/person will work to create a comprehensive layout. The design/report data team create the content. However, I think that depending on the situation, InDesign is not suitable for presentations that will be projected. There are other software out there that do this job faster (offline software such as Powerpoint, or online tools such as canva)
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have used Adobe InDesign for the past 3 years at our organization primarily in the Marketing Department. It has been a tremendous help in creating and publishing professional flyers and/or digital handouts to provide to potential customers with targeted hyperlinks and application images. We do not see any other program currently offered with such sophistication as Adobe InDesign.
  • Hyperlinking text/images when exporting to PDF
  • Ultra precise object placement and control
  • Digital Publishing of documents to the Adobe cloud
  • Ability to copy multiple items in a clipboard and view and paste individual items repetitively
  • Object selection and object transformation could be easily switched between
  • Helpful tooltips when first beginning could save lots of time
Adobe InDesign is critical for any marketing department looking to make cutting edge professional documents showcasing your companies offerings or abilities. Unlike Photoshop which is mainly for image creation and editing, InDesign works to publish the final document which can be sent or shared electronically. The endless customization with InDesign makes any idea a reality given the knowledge of the program.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Adobe InDesign mainly for self promotional products such as marketing brochures and customer proposals. It is being used by the design team for jobs that need the finest control and execution from concept to print. It is the tool to use when the product needs to look exactly how you expect.
  • Character and object styles are essential. With these two features you can save hours of work going through multi-page documents and manually reformatting individual elements.
  • Powerful PDF generation. Not only can you generate consistently well laid out documents, but you can incorporate specific PDF features. For instance, you can create a table of contents with text links that go right to the page in the PDF.
  • The ability to pre-flight and package projects for print is such a relief. You don't need to manually hunt down fonts and resources to send to your printer, it can all be buttoned up and print ready.
  • There is a lot of overlap in the Adobe content creation apps. You can make a block of text in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. And while tools are generally similar, things can be a bit jarring when going from one package to another. It is understandable that they are different tools attacking different problems, but any steps that can be take to smooth the functionality would be appreciated.
  • Cost. With so much of the software world going open source, it can feel weird shelling out for a program. That being said, if your need is an InDesign problem, there is NO alternative and it is worth every penny
  • Learning curve. There is a tremendous amount of documentation and user guides out there. But the fact is, this program is a monster. If it is not your job to create professional documents, you will not have the time or motivation to master Adobe InDesign.
If you need this tool, there simply isn't any other program to recommend. And if you don't need it, it is a waste of time and money to invest in it. For this reason I don't know that I would recommend it to anybody. If somebody would need this tool to do their work, they would already have it.
Adobe has a long history of top-notch support and the products are consistently stable while still handling large and very taxing files. They have historically been very responsive to the market and they value their users greatly. It could be easy for a company that has such a commanding presence in their given market to let these things slide, but they haven't done that. Adobe clearly wants to remain number one.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Adobe InDesign is our go-to software application for designing and creating the layout of our printed product brochures and information booklets. It is used exclusively in the marketing department, but we also create printed material for our R&D department. There is no other software application available that allows this kind of speed and ease of use when it comes to layout tasks.
  • Creating multi-page printed documents, like brochures
  • Creating print-ready PDF of EPS files in the format that the printer requires
  • The InDesign files of newer versions are rarely compatible with older versions, which makes sharing work difficult. There is an option to export to a universal file, but this is an avoidable hassle.
  • Menu items and workspace layouts are sometimes changed with newer versions, which causes confusion and requires a learning period before you can work at full speed again.
Designing printed brochures, flyers and information booklets is where Adobe InDesign shines. It's not a tool to edit images, although you have some options that help you avoid having to open up Photoshop. The two applications work hand-in-hand, and I can't use InDesign without going to Photoshop every once in a while.
I have never used dedicated support from Adobe, but since InDesign is considered an industry standard you can find an abundance of information on the internet for most issues you would encounter. There are several forums and communities with experts who are always willing to lend a helping hand or point you in the right direction.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Adobe InDesign daily for all of our presentations. I use it when creating mood boards, as well as presentations for properties and plans, FF&E, etc. It is a great presentation tool, and super intuitive to use. It makes all of our presentations look seamless and professional.
  • Creating templates - so all pages read the same, and have the same margins, titles, etc.
  • Guides - ability to snap items to guides so that images and texts are laid out with equal spacing and setup as a beautiful presentation.
  • Packaging - pulling full presentations into a "package" so that all of your image links, fonts, settings are saved, and can easily share among team members.
  • Collaboration - it would be great if there was a way to have live collaboration between team members (similar to how microsoft word or google presentations can allow multiple users to modify a document in real time).
  • File sizes - sometimes file sizes are too large and it holds up the computer and takes a lot of time to save and share.
  • None - I think this is a great tool and use it daily.
Well Suited:
  • Presentations
  • Floor plans - color coding etc
  • Furniture Boards
  • Mood/Inspiration Boards
  • Brand Presentations
Less Appropriate:
  • Shared collaboration work - when multiple people need to access a file and work on it at the same time
  • Documents with a lot of text - better for images only
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am currently the only user at my company using Adobe InDesign. I use it for graphic design, along with a few other Adobe products. InDesign is GREAT for use in graphic design. I use it to help create and edit books and covers etc. A great option to make your products look and seem very professional.
  • Book Creation/editing - you can create templates and follow these so every page appears just how you want it to, without concern of text not matching ideas
  • Cover design and editing - you can keep all your ideas cohesive along with your contents of your books.
  • DC version of InDesign keeps you up to date - easy to find tutorials for tools within system.
  • Cost is high, but for that cost, you get a great product
  • Some tools are difficult to use correctly without researching proper way to use them (not very intuitive sometimes)
Great option for creating books, multiple page documents, and things like calendars. Very easy to use most of the basic tools. Once you become more of an experienced user, many of the advanced tools make your life much more easy. Not very useful for one page documents - Adobe Illustrator is much more suited for these situations.
Avery Chipman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
We currently use Adobe InDesign to put together marketing materials, proposals to clients, presentation materials, and occasionally other one-offs. We typically use it to either make 8.5x11" booklets for print, or 6:9 digital presentations. Our marketing department uses it on a daily basis, and our interiors department uses it frequently (maybe for a task/project once every two weeks). We love to use InDesign because we can combine crucial graphics we've manipulated in other Adobe programs (Photoshop, Illustrator) with text, while being able to manipulate and edit the text easily. InDesign is so useful for putting text documents together because it allows for the creation of Paragraph Styles, Master Pages, and quick layout tools, while also being able to spell-check your text.
  • Creating Standards - when it comes to large documents and multiple documents across the company, it is really important that InDesign allows users to create and import Paragraph Styles, Master Pages, and various rules. The Paragraph Style setup allows for very specific manipulation of your style that defines every possible detail you could think of while giving the user peace of mind that all of the text/pages [are] formatted exactly the same.
  • Page Numbers, Chapters, and Sections - InDesign is awesome for large documents because it allows you to set up automatic page numbers, chapters, and sections, and create automatic table of contents that updates on its own.
  • Images - no other program that combines photos and text makes it so easy to make the two work together so easily. InDesign uses linked images instead of embedded which is nice both for file size and updating content. InDesign also allows for easy cropping and aligning of images, much easier than typical software that allows for resizing and cropping.
  • It would be wonderful if InDesign would do automatic spell- and grammar-checking like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. While it is possible to spell-check your documents, the technology could be improved by being automatic and grammar-checking.
  • It can be really frustrating that keyboard shortcuts are different for the same tool between different Adobe products. I wish they would make shared tools the same shortcut. For someone who uses multiple Adobe products, usually in conjunction, it can be hard to remember which program is which keyboard shortcut and not accidentally select the wrong tool.
  • While I listed the linked images as being a pro, it can be a con if users don't package their files (especially when working with others on the same file). It would be really helpful if Adobe automatically populated a package file with images assets and typefaces. I can't tell you how many times I have been unable to locate a linked file or had to request them from a colleague.
InDesign is wonderful for creating any kind of editorial. Magazines, booklets, proposals, etc. Any multi-page document (spreads or single pages) is a breeze with InDesign and I would never use any of the other products I am currently aware of. InDesign is also well-suited for non-print mediums, such as digital presentations. I prefer using InDesign for my presentations over Microsoft Powerpoint or Google Slides for several reasons: the text is easier to manipulate, images are WAY easier to manipulate, the Masters are easier to manipulate and implement, and there are more powerful tools to use to make your slides look visually appealing and professional. The only drawback would be that InDesign (to my knowledge) doesn't offer transition animations if you ever utilize those.

InDesign is not well-suited to image manipulating in the sense of editing. However, it is easy to open a link from your InDesign file directly into Photoshop etc and edit there, and then bring the file back to InDesign. I also typically recommend that for copy-heavy documents that you type your copy into a text editor first (like Microsoft Word) to detect and correct spelling and grammar issues more easily, and then copy and paste it into InDesign.
Nathan Morimitsu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use InDesign to develop printed marketing materials ranging from business cards to brochures. The ease of usability, especially when it comes to updating graphics on a regular basis, makes InDesign my go-to for developing our frequently used printed materials. I also use it to create PDF files that are easy to search and browse, making for a more immersive experience on a computer or mobile device.
  • Incorporates graphics from Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Makes searchable PDFs more intelligent.
  • It is a bit of a resource hog. For best results, double the suggested RAM and scratch disk space.
  • Sometimes the library items don't update as fast as other Adobe products.
I like to tell people that if they are designing anything that is more than one page/artboard, that they should use InDesign. For documents that are one artboard (and not just artistic in nature) Adobe Illustrator is typically a better tool. Having native support for PDF Files built-in makes it an incredibly powerful tool for documents that will be printed offsite or by a 3rd party.
The support communities are great, and Adobe does a pretty decent job of supporting the product, but like all things, there is room for improvement.
October 27, 2020

Adobe InDesign Review

Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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InDesign is something I use whenever I need to layout print documents. It's occasionally used to work with files sent over by clients so I can prepare them for animation. It isn't ideal, but I'm thankful for having InDesign as another tool available to do this.

InDesign is mostly helpful for digital to print, and as such, it's how we use it.
  • InDesign has lots and lots of tools for laying out, resizing, creating pagination, templates for pages, etc.
  • InDesign syncs pretty well with other Adobe programs, so it's not usually a challenge to bring in .psd or .ai files, then update them, while maintaining their size/detail within InDesign.
  • Like all Adobe programs, shortcuts are different. Though tools between programs vary, it's always hard to get good consistency between each program, and that's the same issue here.
  • InDesign isn't necessarily archaic in design and UI, but it's not the kind of program you can use without basic software knowledge of how it works. So much so, I know multiple colleagues who avoid it entirely when printing, resorting to using Photoshop or Illustrator instead. Yes, there is a nuance to this, but overall, I think InDesign would benefit from onboarding new users better.
If you are looking to lay anything out, cards, brochures, books, etc, this is an amazing tool with lots of precision. Quite honestly, I'm unaware of similar tools with this much user support and flexibility, so I find it hard to recommend other things over this.
I have to go middle of the road here because I haven't used many resources for InDesign, though I'm aware they are available.
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