9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 21, 2012 9:06 AM by Peter Spier

    IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)

    TUFoto12

      Hi,

      I am working for a company and have to design a few procut data sheets, broshures and finally a whole product catalouge.

      I really would like to take Indesign because it is very famous and "the standard" for these topics.

      But it is really expensive. I have some experience with the program.  But I have some questions to you. Thank you a lot for answering my questions:

       

      1.) other members of my company would like to use Microsoft Publisher (they all usw Microsoft so that's no disadvantage)

      Are there any advantages that M Publisher is not able to do?

      I don't need any  3D or very special stuff. Just for my topics above.

       

      2.) I want to create single sheets. These sheets should be able to combine in a whole document.

      Is this possible with these "books"?

      Is it possible to easy create a table of content? automatically? an index that is changing if number of pages or size of documents change?

      Is it possible to link inside the pdf document that users can jump from table of content to a specific chapter by clicking?

       

       

      3.) How should the structure have been done?

      Do I need 2 versions for each file? One for printing and one for pdf viewing on computers?? Or is it possible just to create one?

      Also with different languages. Is it recommend to use the laysers for this thing?

      Or not (because of the idea of creating an easy catalouge.) I need 2 versions. So does it make sense to combine it in one single file?

      The catalouge has to be switched otherwise in every single paper. isn't it?

       

       

      Are there any other tips and comments?

      Maybe I use a differnt approach or designing idea?

      thanks a lot for helping me!

        • 1. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
          MikeGondek Adobe Community Professional & MVP
          1. Microsoft Publisher is an entry level program. There are plenty of advantages InDesign has over MP, in regards to creating tighter more professional looking layouts. Even though InDesgin is a better product, you will have a hard time convincing everyone else, unelss you can put time into downlaoding the demo and learning how to use InDesign.
          2. Anyone can eventually figure out how to do table of contents, but not something you can figure out by jsut pulling down the menu, you will have to do a little reading and testing.
          3. Yes you need 2 files, one for you native program(MP or InDesign), and the other your .pdf for viewing on computer that do not have MP or InDesign.
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          • 2. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
            c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

            Yes you need 2 files, one for you native program(MP or InDesign), and the other your .pdf for viewing on computer that do not have MP or InDesign.

            And possibly a second (separated, hires, with bleed etc.) pdf for the actual print on paper if that is intended.

            • 3. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
              TUFoto12 Level 1

              Ok that's clear. I mean do I need 2 files on indesign? On for web and one for printing. because when starting a new project,Indesing asks me which model I should use.

              The other file (pdf) is just exporting isn't it?

               

              Thanks a lot for your help.

              Ulf

               

               

               

              Am 21.08.2012 um 05:13 schrieb c.pfaffenbichler:

               

              Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)

              created by c.pfaffenbichler in InDesign - View the full discussion

              Yes you need 2 files, one for you native program(MP or InDesign), and the other your .pdf for viewing on computer that do not have MP or InDesign.

               

              And possibly a second (separated, hires, with bleed etc.) pdf for the actual print on paper if that is intended.

               

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              • 4. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
                TUFoto12 Level 1

                Ok that's clear. I mean do I need 2 files on indesign? On for web and one for printing. because when starting a new project,Indesing asks me which model I should use.

                The other file (pdf) is just exporting isn't it?

                Thanks a lot for your help.

                • 5. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
                  MikeGondek Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  If you are intending to release a final product for both print and web, then you will need one document for each. Print works in CMYK, and Web works in RGB, so the reason InDesign asks you that, is so you work on in the correct color mode.

                   

                  You typically would design something for example in print, and when done, do a save as to a new doucument for web, and chnage the size of document and the colors.

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                  • 6. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
                    c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

                    If the colors are not too sensitive one could just convert when exporting a pdf for web.

                    • 7. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
                      Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                      I don't see any reason for two documents at all, but a lot really depends on how you intend to distribute this to the web -- PDF, HTML, DPS?

                       

                      You should probably set up initially as a print file, but your images may remain in RGB if you like and can be satisfied with the "untweaked" automatic color conversion done during export to PDF. If you need to really control the CMYK conversions and do things like sahrpeing after the conversion, then you'll want to do that in Photoshop and place the CMYK versions, but if all you would do is Image > Mode > CMYK there will be no difference in qulaity and no advantage to placing CMYK, and it makes multi-purposing the file harder.

                      • 8. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
                        TUFoto12 Level 1

                        thanks, that eactly the question:

                         

                        Does it matter what I choose at the beginning? print (cm and CMYK) or web (pixel and RGB)

                        I want to design while seeing cm but I aonly use pictures and graphics that are at sRGB or adobeRGB)

                         

                         

                        I thought just choosing the print version, put the pictures in the document and exporting one times for web and one times for print (both pdfs) is this a good plan or not?

                         

                        thanks

                        • 9. Re: IS Indesign the best for me (or Publisher)
                          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                          Yes, if you plan to distribute the web version as PDF you're fine doing the layout as you would for print and just exporting a second PDF using more appropriate options for the web version.

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