What can you do with InDesign?
From long documents (such as books and magazines), to short documents (such as brochures and business cards), InDesign is great at creating layouts that combine text and graphics. InDesign is ideal for creating designs that will be printed, but can also be used for digital output such as eBooks, PDF, and more.
Books, Magazines, & Long Documents
InDesign is the king of long documents. You can import content from authors (Word files, Excel documents, etc.) and then style it and lay out page. InDesign has many features to help along the way, such as paragraph styles, character styles, object styles, master pages, powerful find/change, tables, footnotes, table of contents, and much more. InDesign can even export eBooks as ePub files, which can be converted into Mobi files for the Amazon Kindle.
Brochures, Flyers, Posters, & Short Documents
InDesign can create small documents such as business cards, brochures, and more. InDesign’s amazing typography features are useful in any design that involves type, whether it's a poster or flyer. From one page to hundreds, InDesign is up to the task.
InDesign has many features that help you create professional PDFs. You can create high-quality PDFs that will be printed, or optimize them for fast download via email or website. You can create PDF forms, or add interactive PDF features (which unfortunately do no work well on most mobile devices).
While InDesign is not as well suited for creating presentations as PowerPoint or Keynote, it does have a presentation mode for quickly going full screen. You won't be able to animated elements or add transitions, but if a static presentation is OK, you can design something beautiful that can be printed or exported as PDF for digital distribution.
These are just a few of things you can do with InDesign, but we hope it’s given you a better idea of InDesign's capabilities. InDesign is important app for designers who work in print or digital publishing.