See All Desktop Publishing Software

Adobe InDesign CS5.5

*Est. $700 or $200 to upgrade
Reviewed
August 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Adobe InDesign CS5.5

Professional desktop publishing software

Pros
  • Professional capabilities
  • Efficient
  • PC or Mac
  • Integrates with Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash, Photoshop
Cons
  • Steep learning curve
  • Overkill for many users
  • Improvements from CS4 primarily benefit digital designers
Where to Buy
 

Reviews say that for professional desktop publishing, Adobe InDesign CS5.5 is more streamlined than its main competitor, QuarkXpress 9. Adobe InDesign CS5.5 offers sophisticated typography and page layout tools for creating commercial projects such as books, magazines and newspapers, and it integrates well with Adobe Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Fireworks, Flash and Photoshop. The main drawback, besides the price, is the steep learning curve, according to reviewers. For home and small-business users, reviews say Adobe InDesign CS5.5 is overkill, recommending Serif PagePlus X5 Publisher Professional (*Est. $75) as much easier to use, and much less expensive.

We found the most balanced, critical reviews of Adobe InDesign CS5.5 at Ars Technica, Macworld, and Tech World. Reviewers find the upgrades to be exciting, but as Neil Bennett of the U.K.'s Macworld pointed out, they may not be critical for print publishers. User-contributed reviews at CNET are also helpful.

Where To Buy
Adobe InDesign CS5 Classroom in a Book

 
Buy new: $54.99 $34.38   135 Used & new from $8.25

In Stock. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

 
Featured StoresStore RatingNotesTotal Price
VioSoftware.comVioSoftware.com rated 4.76 (1936 reviews)1,936 store reviewsIn Stock. 5 Star Rating! Free Shipping!$126.90
 

Our Sources

1. Arstechnica.com

This comprehensive Adobe InDesign CS5.5 review covers most aspects of interest to designers. Dave Girard highlights features for creating e-publications, as well as updates to the software's standard tools. Linked text, object export options, and cover-embedding options are discussed and dissected here, and screenshots help publishers visualize the software program. Girard notes that empty applications and leftover patch files are two glitches of the software that Adobe leaves lying around, "like a bad roommate."

Review: Indesign CS5.5 review: e-books made easy, Dave Girard, June 2011

2. Macworld (U.K.)

This review focuses on the new electronic publishing capabilities Adobe InDesign CS5.5. Neil Bennett says turning layouts into e-books is easy, and users can also embed videos into electronic publications. Hey says the upgrades are lacking for print publishers, but primarily benefit digital publishers.

Review: Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Review, Neil Bennett, May 26, 2011

3. CNET

User reviews at CNET highlight the integration with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and experienced designers don't feel the learning curve is too steep. Concerns include the high cost and that the software can be slow at times.

Review: Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Reviews, Contributors to CNET

4. DownloadCrew.com

This review is brief, but provides an encapsulated overview of the new features in the latest release of Adobe InDesign software. Mike Williams describes new features, including integrating interactivity, audio, and video files into projects. He says dragging, dropping and organizing image files is quick and easy.

Review: Adobe InDesign CS5.5, Mike Williams, May 3, 2010

Desktop Publishing Software Runners Up:

CorelDraw Graphics X5 *Est. $700

5 picks including: CNET, Computer Shopper…

Microsoft Publisher 2010 *Est. $140

4 picks including: About.com, Amazon.com…

QuarkXPress 9 *Est. $800

2 picks by top review sites.

image
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 [Old Version]
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $499.00   
Average Customer Review:  
image
Microsoft Publisher 2010
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $139.99   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
image
Quarkxpress 9 UPG For Macintosh/Windows Single User DVD Media V.9 9(Upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $349.00 $318.99   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top