Dynamic, feature-rich program for all print and multipage digital design needs
Updated June 15, 2022

Dynamic, feature-rich program for all print and multipage digital design needs

Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Adobe InDesign

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.
  • Ability to have our files accepted at a broader variety of printers.
  • Ability to sometimes skip printing entirely due to being able to create interactive PDFs, saving on printing costs.
  • Stopped using online flipbook software in favor of robust PDFs, which was a cost savings to our agency as well as clients.
Quark used to be the go-to product for print layout design but I feel they really fell behind in the race against Adobe. The clunky user interface and what I felt were often limited options for adjusting fonts, tracking, kerning, leading etc really made it cumbersome, and editing images with masks and layers was just difficult. I have actually been known to skip using PowerPoint in favor of designing a presentation in InDesign when I really want to have granular control of a design or layout, sizing it to the same as a PPT slide and exporting for presentation as a PDF. Works with clickers in any conference I've been to and definitely helps elevate the design in ways others programs haven't been able to for me.
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.

Do you think Adobe InDesign delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Adobe InDesign's feature set?

Yes

Did Adobe InDesign live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Adobe InDesign go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Adobe InDesign again?

Yes

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.

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