3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 18, 2013 11:44 AM by BobLevine

    InDesign or PageMaker


      Looking for a software/program for informational publication layouts. Currently we use powerpoint/excel and it seems ineffiecient with limited capablility. The charts are formed in excel and usually brought into powerpoint. Would InDesign or PageMaker be a better choice for a company (30 people) with text/chart heavy layout?

        • 1. Re: InDesign or PageMaker
          Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee

          PageMaker is effectively a discontinued product. (Adobe still sells licenses, but primarily for existing users who need such licenses for expanded use on legacy computers and operating system environments!) It is not supported on any current operating system either from Apple or Microsoft. Thus, between PageMaker and InDesign, your only choice is InDesign.


          Note that InDesign has no built-in charting capabilities or ability to have direct links into Excel. You can save off charts in Excel as PDF files and place them via links into an InDesign document, but this is not automated in any manner.


          Also be aware that InDesign is a graphic arts layout program, not a word processor. It does have a fairly steep learning curve. One you have mastered that curve, though, you have the tools for creating a wide variety of documents and products for both print and display.


                    - Dov

          • 2. Re: InDesign or PageMaker
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            Pagemaker has been an essentially dead product for quite a few years now. It might work, but ID is lightyears ahead for productivity, and it will allow you to move into electronic media. Excel charts are usually best copied and pasted to Illustrator and resaved, or saved as PDF, I believe, but it's outside my workflow so I may not have it quite right.

            • 3. Re: InDesign or PageMaker
              BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              As much as love using InDesign it's not necessarily the best tool for

              everyone. You might want to look into this: