March 10, 2010 /

InDesign turns 10

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Adobe InDesign, the professional publishing and page layout software.  As part of the celebration, check out the InDesign 10th Anniversary Web site and view the commemorative book (PDF, 9MB).  While InDesign has come a long way as a page layout tool, what’s most exciting to me is the future of publishing that the book highlights in the final chapter — including the possibility to transcend the traditional “page layout” metaphor and publish to a wide range of media. 

From the commemorative book:
“In this new [publishing] world, ‘page layout’ is no longer the best term to describe the use of InDesign. Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen offers that it is simply a layout program, in that it aggregates
content into a designed document, no matter the medium in which it is

This concept of a publishing tool that outputs across media will be increasingly important — and we’re seeing the importance of this with the myriad of devices emerging on the market.  Since CS3, Adobe InDesign has supported the open EPUB eBook file format through the “Export to Digital Editions” feature.  This means that book publishers using InDesign can create eBook content for eReading devices like the Barnes & Noble nook and Sony Reader  without extensive retaining of design staff.  Additionally, our collaboration with WIRED to create a new digital magazine concept uses an Adobe InDesign-based workflow to streamline the content production process.