What is InDesign?
Adobe InDesign CS6 software lets you design and preflight engaging
page layouts for print or digital distribution with built-in creative tools
and precise control over typography. Integrate interactivity, video, and
audio for playback on tablets, smartphones, and computers.
Create powerful, innovative digital documents
Engage, inform, and attract readers with documents you create in Adobe InDesign CS6 software, which integrate interactivity, video, and sound. Develop stronger, more compelling messages with rich interactive publications.
Folio Producer tools
Create and preview digital magazines, newspapers, and
catalogs with engaging elements such as 360° object
rotation and image panoramas for a wide variety of
tablets. Upload to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite1
for further production and distribution. Now you can
create and share an unlimited number of .folio files.
Access to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
Access the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite from within InDesign to publish engaging digital documents for a range of tablet devices.1 New Single Edition now available for publishing to iPad.
Interactive documents and presentations
Add interactivity, motion, sound, and video to
documents and presentations, exporting directly to SWF
for playback in the Adobe Flash® Player runtime.
Export to Flash Professional
Export InDesign documents to Flash Professional to
add sophisticated interactivity, animation, and
navigation to complex layouts.
Create better eBooks with ePUB export enhancements
Design compelling eBooks while reducing your dependence on developers. Include video and audio in your eBooks, as well as images that resize to fit virtually any screen. Retain greater control of content and typography when exporting documents to the EPUB format.
Enhanced eBook authoring
Create more engaging eBooks, with less need for developers. Use a smoother workflow as you include refined typography and images that resize to fit virtually any screen. Even add video and audio for eBook reader applications that support HTML5 video and audio tags.2
Embedded video and audio in eBooks
Include video and audio in InDesign layouts you export to
EPUB format to create more engaging digital books. Embedded
audio and video play on mobile device that supports HTML5,
like the Apple iPad.*
Control the sequence of text, images, and graphics when
you export to EPUB or HTML without changing your InDesign
layout. Organize your content by dragging it into the new
Articles panel to define the export order.
Styles mapped to tags in EPUB export
More easily create standards-compliant digital documents
with improved basic typography — with no manual code changes
required. Map paragraph and character styles directly to
HTML, EPUB, and PDF tags so they export using appropriate
Dynamic image resizing
Design and publish an EPUB eBook whose imagery will look
good on virtually any size screen on which it is played —
from a desktop monitor to a smartphone — making the content
accessible and enjoyable on any device.
Do more in less time
Create, edit, and publish documents faster. New productivity features make page layout simpler and speedier, even when creating PDF documents that meet federal accessibility requirements.
Dragging and dropping of anchored objects
Add inline graphics and other anchored objects quickly
and intuitively by simply dragging them to the desired
anchor location in the text.
PDF accessibility enhancements
Reduce the time it takes to create PDF documents that are more accessible to people with disabilities. More easily add, edit, and view Alt text attributes associated with an image or object.
Preflighting, production, and printing
Speed up production, increase print reliability, and
deliver error-free documents with live preflighting,
document-installed fonts, JDF technology, background PDF
export, presets, on-screen controls, and enhanced support
for PDF/X standards.
Multiple page sizes
Create pages with different sizes in a single document.
Paragraphs that span or split columns
Quickly create text that spans or splits into multiple
columns in just a few steps.
Simplified object selection and editing
Perform repetitive layout tasks efficiently using
convenient tools and on-object controls.
Help eliminate font substitution issues with document-installed
Track Text Changes
Mark up text directly in InDesign, easily tracking copy
Integration with Adobe CS Review
Create and share reviews online while working in InDesign
through integration with Adobe CS Review, a CS Live online
service.3,4 See feedback in the context of your
Integration with other Adobe solutions
Move projects smoothly from design to print or digital
output, thanks to tight integration with industry-leading
Adobe software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator,
Acrobat, Flash Professional, and Digital Editions.
Integration with online services
Build engaging interactive documents for tablets and
improve the efficiency of design processes using essential
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite1 and Adobe CS Live
online services,3,4 directly accessible from
Produce sophisticated page layouts using
customer-inspired productivity features such as Smart
Guides, rapid table creation, multiple-file placement, on-object
controls, and the ability to create pages of different sizes
in a single file.
Built-in creative tools
Explore creative possibilities directly within InDesign
using integrated drawing tools, nondestructive effects,
built-in Adobe Photoshop® effects, finer transparency
controls, and support for 3D Photoshop artwork.
Adobe Mini Bridge
Find and drag images into page layouts from Adobe Mini
Bridge without leaving InDesign.
Create powerful automated workflows using standards-based
XML features to lay out pages with text and images.
Incorporate database-driven content for greater efficiency
when publishing across channels.
Collaboration in editorial workflows
Improve collaboration between design and editorial teams
with tight integration between InDesign CS5.5 and Adobe
For custom publishing using InDesign Markup Language
(IDML), an XML-based file format that enables developers to
create or modify files using standard XML tools.
Robust text composition
Create beautiful, sophisticated text for any medium with
professional typography features including styles, text wrap,
the Paragraph Composer, OpenType® support, drop caps, and
the ability to map styles to tags in EPUB export.
Enhanced PDF export options
Export PDF files that meet the PDF/X-4:2010,
PDF/X-5:2010, and PDF/VT-1 standards for tight integration
with Adobe Acrobat® X and Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.5.
Comprehensive Layers panel
Easily manage page items with a Layers panel that is
similar to the one in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator®.