Adobe InDesign

Version2021(as of 9/16/2021)
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

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe InDesign 2021
Screenshot of Adobe InDesign 2021

InDesign is a desktop publishing program used to create professional layouts for print and digital publishing. The program includes many layout features and will help you create various types of documents, such as brochures, magazines, posters, reports, and interactive online documents.

InDesign includes various page layout and typesetting tools. Each object within the document may be customized, and you can scale images and text automatically to fit within 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. When you are finished creating your layout, you can publish it in various formats, including .PDF, .EPUB, .JPEG, .PNG, .EPS, .HTML, and .XHTML files.


InDesign is a useful print and digital publishing tool included with the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) suite. Its wide range of features will help you create professional-looking documents and digital designs. While it may be overwhelming for casual users, Adobe InDesign is a great option for professional publishers.

Primary File Type

indd icon.INDDAdobe InDesign Document

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.INDDAdobe InDesign Document
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.ASEAdobe Swatch Exchange File
.BMPBitmap Image
.CSFAdobe Color Settings File
.DCSTAdobe InDesign Document Presets File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.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 File
.SMRDAdobe InDesign Filter File
.SMWTAdobe InDesign Filter
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.TIFTagged Image File
.TXTPlain Text File
.UDCAdobe InDesign User Dictionary
.XFLAnimate Movie Archive

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.AUAudio File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.CTScitex Continuous Tone File
.DCSDesktop Color Separation File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document (Legacy)
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Document
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.INDAdobe InDesign Document
.LEXAdobe Linguistic Library Data File
.MPGMPEG Video 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 File
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TRPHD Video Transport Stream
.WAVWAVE Audio File
.WMFWindows Metafile
.XLSMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy)
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet
Updated 9/16/2021