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InDesign vs. Illustrator

Mar 28, 2013 11:21 AM

My company has Illustrator but I got a request for InDesign.  From the product comparision, it seems like Illustrator does everything InDesign does.  Can Illustrator be used in lieu for InDesign?

 
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    Mar 28, 2013 11:26 AM   in reply to ddziadiw

    If you are doing anything for print or web publications longer than X number pages (artboards in Illustrator) you should consider InDesign. Both work well together--AI for illustrations, art--ID for page layout of the textual elements, bringing in the art from AI.

     

    I have done multi-page documents in AI, but it isn't something I would like to do on a consistent basis. But it all really depends on what you are producing.

     

    Mike

     
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    Mar 28, 2013 11:38 AM   in reply to ddziadiw

    I would then just use Illustrator.

     

    ID is really made for longer, structured documents.

     

    Take care, Mike

     
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    Mar 28, 2013 11:38 AM   in reply to ddziadiw

    If these are already Illy files you can’t open and edit them in InDesign.

     

     

     

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    Mar 28, 2013 11:40 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Or vice versa....

     
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    Mar 28, 2013 11:40 AM   in reply to MW Design

    I have done multi-page documents in AI, but it isn't something I would like to do on a consistent basis. But it all really depends on what you are producing.

     

    Likewise, I've done some fairly complicated illustrations using only InDesign's native illustration tools - but I'd rather eat glass professionally than do so on a regular basis.

     

     

     

    It would be used to make minor edits on existing Pharmaceutical Packaging Artwork that is a combination of Artwork and Text ...stuff that needs corrections, not starting from scratch.  Sounds like it would work...what do you think?

     

    Sounds to me like it's already an InDesign document, right? In which case you can't edit it in Illustrator, only in InDesign.

     

    If I as a client asked for work to be delivered in ID and got it back in Illustrator, I'd fire the supplier. In fact, I've done so. (Well, it's not really "firing" when you say "This contractor never gets work from us ever again, as this contractor cannot read the job spec.")

     
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    Mar 28, 2013 11:42 AM   in reply to ddziadiw

    it seems like Illustrator does everything InDesign does

     

    Well, that assertion isn't even close to accurate, but if the only function is packaging, Illustrator is typically the correct tool.

     

    It's not really our place to assess the requester's judgement in this respect. I presume he/she feels justified in making the request, and should get a chance to at least state the reason(s) for it.

     
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    Mar 28, 2013 11:43 AM   in reply to Joel Cherney

    Hmmmm. Maybe I read it backward and it’s an ID file?

     

     

     

    If so, I stand by answer, but would swap out Illy for ID.

     

     

     

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    Mar 28, 2013 11:53 AM   in reply to Joel Cherney

    Likewise, I've done some fairly complicated illustrations using only InDesign's native illustration tools - but I'd rather eat glass professionally than do so on a regular basis.

     

    Yeppers.

     

    @ ddziadiw,

     

    You need to find out what made the packaging and go from there. Pick the appropriate software based upon that.

     

    Mike

     
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