Adobe InDesign

Version2023(as of 1/19/2023)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Main Features

  • Advanced professional page layout design
  • Automatic page content generation
  • Layout adjustment reconfigures text and graphics when altering the size of a document
  • Visual font browsing to find the right fonts quicker
  • Content-aware fit automatically resizes and fits images
  • Support for importing and placing SVG images in a document
  • Reverse spell check to go backward when checking for spelling errors
  • Team collaboration tools to sync content

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe InDesign 2023
Screenshot of Adobe InDesign 2023

InDesign is a desktop publishing application for creating professional layouts for print and digital publishing, such as brochures, magazines, posters, reports, and interactive online documents. The software includes many advanced page layout tools, free stock templates, and collaboration features to sync work across teams.

In InDesign, you can begin from scratch or choose from one of their thousands of templates. You can customize each object as you design your document, including scaling images and text that InDesign automatically fits within document guidelines. While editing a document, the Live Preflight feature helps you fix page errors as they arise. InDesign also supports automated cross-references, conditional text, and bullets and numbering across large documents. In addition, you can create your own content or import data from a database in XML format.

InDesign includes advanced features for creating digital content, such as eBooks and digital magazines. The application allows you to add video, audio, animations, and slideshows to your documents to create a more interactive experience for your audience. And if you are editing a collaborative document, you can easily share it for review with team members and sync fonts and graphics across projects. When you finish designing your layout, you can publish your content directly to the web or in various file formats, such as .PDF, .EPUB, .JPEG, .PNG, .EPS, .HTML, and .XHTML.


InDesign is a professional print and digital publishing tool included with the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) suite that you can also use as a standalone application. Its wide range of features will help you create professional-looking documents and digital designs, whether on your own or with a team. While it may be overwhelming for casual users, Adobe InDesign is an excellent option for professional publishers.

Primary File Type

indd icon.INDDAdobe InDesign Document

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.INDDAdobe InDesign Document
.AIAdobe Illustrator Artwork
.ASEAdobe Swatch Exchange File
.BMPBitmap Image
.CSFAdobe Color Settings File
.DCSTAdobe InDesign Document Presets File
.DIBDevice-Independent Bitmap Image
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.FLSTAdobe InDesign Flattener Presets File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.ICAPInCopy Package File
.ICMAInCopy Assignment File
.ICMLInCopy Document
.IDAPAdobe InDesign Assignment Package
.IDLKAdobe InDesign Lock File
.IDMLAdobe InDesign Markup Language File
.IDMSAdobe InDesign Snippet
.INCAInCopy CS3 Assignment File
.INCDInCopy Document
.INCPInCopy CS3 Package File
.INCXInCopy CS3 Interchange File
.INDBAdobe InDesign Book File
.INDESIGNPLUGINAdobe InDesign Plug-in
.INDKAdobe Shortcut Set File
.INDLAdobe InDesign Library
.INDPAdobe InDesign CS3 Package File
.INDSAdobe InDesign Snippet File
.INDTAdobe InDesign Template
.INLKAdobe InDesign Lock File
.INLXAdobe InDesign Interchange Library
.INMSAdobe InDesign Menu Set File
.INXAdobe InDesign Interchange File
.JOBOPTIONSAdobe Joboptions File
.LNSTAdobe InDesign Line Presets File
.PCTPicture File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PDFSAdobe PDF Presets File
.PLNAdobe InDesign Plug-in
.PMDPageMaker Document
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PRSTAdobe InDesign Printer Presets File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSETAdobe InDesign Plug-in Set File
.QXDQuarkXPress Document
.QXPQuarkXPress Project File
.QXTQuarkXPress Template
.RTFRich Text Format File
.SCTScitex Continuous Tone Image
.SMRDAdobe InDesign Filter File
.SMWTAdobe InDesign Filter
.SVGScalable Vector Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.TXTPlain Text File
.UDCAdobe InDesign User Dictionary
.XFLAnimate Uncompressed Animation

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.AUSun Microsystems Audio File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.CTScitex Continuous Tone Image
.DCSDesktop Color Separation File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document (Legacy)
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Document
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.INDAdobe InDesign Document
.LEXAdobe Linguistic Library Data File
.P65PageMaker 6.5 Document
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PDDAdobe PhotoDeluxe Image
.PICTPicture File
.PM3PageMaker 3 Document
.PM6PageMaker 6.0 Document
.PMGPageMaker Group File
.PUBPublisher Document
.QTApple QuickTime Movie
.QTMApple QuickTime Movie
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TRPHD Video Transport Stream
.WMFWindows Metafile
.XLSMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy)
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet
Updated 1/19/2023