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The successor to PageMaker, the original desktop publishing software program, InDesign is a page layout software program published by Adobe. InDesign is available as a standalone package or in most of the editions of the Adobe Creative Suite.

Learning to Use InDesign

Due to its popularity, there is no shortage of tutorials for learning how to use InDesign. What can be tricky is finding all the tutorials and finding just the right ones for whatever task you are trying to do. Here are some of the best places to find a lot of tutorials. Here is a roundup of Design Project Tutorials using InDesign that help you learn by creating a brochure, a poster, a magazine, or some other type of document from start to finish.

Alternatives to InDesign

Since the release of CS5, InDesign has become the number one professional desktop publishing software for page layout. However, there are other options:

  • Professional Desktop Publishing Software: Windows and Mac are the alternatives most comparable to InDesign, including QuarkXPress.

  • The A-Z List of Desktop Publishing Software includes the above and dozens of other options for doing page layout at all levels.

  • Not all free software options can compare to InDesign, but the one that is most like it in functionality is Scribus. See Windows and Mac lists.
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