Starting at $699.95

A versatile desktop publishing application that gives pixel-perfect control over design and typography.

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Apple Online Store Adobe® InDesign® CS6 $699.95

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Adobe® InDesign® CS6 software is a professional page layout application that gives you pixel-perfect control over design and typography. Create elegant and engaging pages with features including Live Preflight, comprehensive styles, and sophisticated text-handling capabilities. New tools make adapting layouts for myriad printed page and screen sizes more efficient. Integrate with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite* to publish InDesign layouts as tablet applications.

Publishing for digital devices

Design compelling eBooks, create cutting-edge content for tablets that can be distributed by integrating with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite*, and export interactive layouts as SWF or PDF files.

Print publishing

Design stunning documents and print directly or as PDF files to desktop or professional printers. Work efficiently with linked content, Content Collector tools, and more.

Integration with other Adobe solutions

Move smoothly from design to output, thanks to tight integration with industry-leading Adobe software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Flash Professional.

Preflight and production tools

Speed up production and help reduce errors with live preflighting, document-installed, document-installed fonts, background PDF file export, JDF technology, and PDF/X export.

Productivity tools

Produce sophisticated page layouts with linked content, Alternate Layout, Content Collector tools, Smart Guides, rapid table creation, and on-object controls.

Robust text composition

Create beautiful, sophisticated text with styles, text wrap, the Paragraph Composer, OpenType® support, drop caps, and style mapping for EPUB export.

Built-in creative tools

Explore creatively with integrated drawing tools, nondestructive effects, built-in Photoshop effects, fine transparency controls, and support for 3D Photoshop artwork.


Create powerful automated workflows using standards-based XML features to lay out pages with text and images. Incorporate database-driven content to publish across channels.


Design for custom publishing using InDesign Markup Language (IDML), an XML-based file format that enables developers to create or modify files using standard XML tools.

Collaboration in editorial workflows

Improve collaboration between design and editorial teams with tight integration between InDesign and Adobe InCopy® software.

Access to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Access Adobe Digital Publishing Suite* from within InDesign to publish engaging digital documents for a range of tablet devices. New Single Edition lets you publish a single app to iPad.

Liquid Layout

Apply liquid page rules to automatically adapt content when you create an alternate layout with a different size or orientation in InDesign.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the InDesign family of products?

    InDesign CS6 leads an integrated publishing family that includes Adobe InCopy CS6 and Adobe InDesign CS6 Server software. InCopy is a professional writing and editing program that pairs with InDesign to enable collaborative editorial workflows between designers, writers, and editors. InDesign Server brings high-end composition and layout to a server platform.

  • Does InDesign CS6 provide a solution for large publishing environments?

    Yes. If you require a custom solution built on top of core InDesign technology, systems integrators worldwide can provide InCopy CS6 and InDesign CS6 software–compatible publishing systems.

  • Does InDesign CS6 work with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite?

    Yes. You can access Adobe Digital Publishing Suite* hosted services within InDesign CS6 to design, publish, and distribute engaging apps for a broad range of tablets, including iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook, and a wide variety of Android tablets such as the Kindle Fire. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition lets you affordably publish one iPad app.

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  • Publishing for digital devices
  • Print publishing
  • Integration with other Adobe solutions
  • Preflight and production tools
  • Productivity tools
  • Robust text composition
  • Built-in creative tools
  • Automation
  • Extensibility
  • Collaboration in editorial workflows
  • Access to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite
  • Liquid layout
  • Export to Flash Professional
  • Enhanced eBook authoring
  • Embedded video and audio eBooks
  • Articles panel controls the sequence of text images and graphics
  • Styles mapped to tags in EPUB export
  • Dynamic image resizing
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System Requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.6.8 through v10.8
  • 2.6GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online services
  • 1024 by 768 display resolution (1280 by 800 recommended)
  • 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 software required to export SWF files
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Recommends For

Designers and publishers who work for magazines, design firms, advertising agencies, and retail/catalog companies, as well as in corporate design, commercial printing, and other leading-edge publishing environments.
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Comparison Chart

InDesign Comparison Chart CS5 CS6
Ability to export horizontal and vertical layouts from the same InDesign file   x
Packaging for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite   x
Liquid Layout   x
Linked content   x
Content Collector tools   x
Export for EPUB3   x
Grayscale preview   x
PDF form field creation   x
Placing of HTML content   x
Style mapping in linked text   x
Folio Overlays panel x x
Hunspell open source dictionaries x x
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