Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign

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Adobe InDesign

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I enjoy using Adobe InDesign

9 out of 10
February 10, 2022
I use Adobe InDesign to create print and digital communications for multiple audiences. With Adobe InDesign, I can prepare, share, and …
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The industry standard

9 out of 10
November 25, 2021
InDesign is the gold standard as far as desktop composition software goes for publishers. We (and our vendors) use the product to create …
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Pricing

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Monthly Plan

$31.49

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per month

Annual Plan, Prepaid

$239.88 ($19.99)

On Premise
per year (per month)

Annual Plan, Paid Monthly

$251.88 ($20.99)

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per year (per month)

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Details

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.

Adobe InDesign Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of Adobe InDesign are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Design industry.
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Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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?
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Trish Lofton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.).
Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
John La Belle | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
November 23, 2021

Love my InDesign

Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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)
Avery Chipman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Nathan Morimitsu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
October 27, 2020

Adobe InDesign Review

Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Allie (Allison) Egerer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
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