History of the INDD file.
In 1999, the first version of Adobe InDesign introduced the INDD format. Pagemaker, which Adobe acquired in 1994, served as the basis for InDesign’s build.
Today, InDesign is a big part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Apart from InDesign, INDD files are most closely associated with Adobe InCopy — a professional writing tool and word processor.
How to use an INDD file
The InDesign Document file type is custom built for layout design. Here’s are some of the ways people use INDD files:
Print and web layout design
Use INDD files to create books, magazines, brochures, flyers, and other print or web items with a strong design element. This easily sharable format helps graphic designers collaborate.
INDD files are also ideal for designing e-publications, online newsletters, and presentations. It’s easy to incorporate video, animations, and other graphics alongside static boxes.
InDesign is also often used to create engaging presentation slides — incorporating sound, video, animation, and text.
InCopy users often work with INDD files to write directly into a formatted page. To have easy collaboration between creative content teams, writers can open and edit INDD files directly within InCopy.
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When to use an INDD file.
Depending on your project, the INDD file format may work better in some scenarios than others. Here’s what you need to know:
Advantages of INDD files.
- INDD files are perfect for multi-page projects. You can create templates for consistency across pages, chapters, and publications.
- You can use INDDs with InCopy to both write and design engaging print and online content.
- You can easily share, publish, and upload your finished pages without converting, zipping, or emailing. Quickly package fonts and layouts to share with a team.
Other considerations for INDD files.
- INDD files are only fully compatible with InDesign and other Adobe Creative Cloud software like InCopy
- File sizes are often too large to share via email.
- Larger files can also slow down your computer.
How to open an INDD file.
You can only open and edit INDD files with Adobe InDesign and other compatible programs in the Creative Cloud suite. Open InDesign, select File > Open, then choose your document.
How to create and edit an INDD file.
Follow these easy steps to create an INDD using Adobe InDesign:
- Open InDesign and choose File > New > Document.
- Select the right format for your task — either digital publishing, print, or web.
- Enter the number of project pages.
- Choose page sizes, columns, and margins.
- Click OK. Once you’ve finished editing, click File > Save As. This will save your project as an INDD file by default.
INDD files: frequently asked questions.