Adobe InDesign was developed to replace PageMaker which they had acquired from the buyout of Aldus. PageMaker lost market share to Quark which motivated Adobe to develop InDesign which was partially done already by Aldus.

InDesign is a desktop publishing system. Graphic designers and production artists are the principal users, creating and laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media.

  • 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

InDesign is designed around the PDF format document. It has support for Unicode and it supports Type 1, TrueType and OpenType fonts.

InDesign can handle conventional as well as multicolumn format documents. It has extensive page layout capabilities for broadsheet and tabloid newsprint.

It can import from Microsoft Office 97. Earlier formats should be converted to Office 97 to ensure an easier import. Importing from PageMaker is also fully supported.

When you are finished creating your layout you can publish it in various formats, including PDF, EPUB, HTML, XHTML, SWF, and FLA files.