inDesign for Interactive Projects?

markatos's picture

Hello,
Just wondering if anyone out there uses inDesign for designing websites. Was thinking about giving it a try since ID seems to work well for everything else.

Thanks,
Peter.

Linda Cunningham's picture

If you've got nothing, and I mean nothing else, it might be OK for some preliminary layout, and then you could tinker with the code with a text editor.

That being said, I'd either buy a dedicated package (like Dreamweaver) or explore the templates of Blogger: even as a pretty hardcore and competent IDer, I've done both of these, and they are ***way*** better at doing web than ID.

blank's picture

Photoshop is a much better tool for mocking up a web site because it makes it easy to dump your graphics right to usable files later.

BradB's picture

InDesign does some pretty nifty interactive stuff in the form of PDFs.

aluminum's picture

"Was thinking about giving it a try since ID seems to work well for everything else."

You mean 'everything else on paper'.

If you want to design web sites, you really need to understand the medium of HTML and CSS and the like to do it right.

webee's picture

I wonder it too, it would be great. Although i don't know if we can work with pdf in html? anybody?

Don McCahill's picture

> Although i don’t know if we can work with pdf in html? anybody?

PDF is great for what it does ... provide a consistent print/web look. It is not the tool for making an entire website, however. For one thing, you will never get a good listing with the search engine, since they only index HTML pages, not PDFs.

The top web program is Adobe Dreamweaver, although there are other programs worth considering (Microsoft Front Page is NOT one of them).

You can build web page with a simple text editor like TrueText or Notepad, but it requires learning how to write the code.

markatos's picture

Good point about outputting to gif and jpegs. I wasn't talking about building a site with inDesign. Just designing. But there isn't Save For Web in ID.

Would be sweet if illustrator or ps could allow for "Master" layouts and multi-page documents. If I design a grid for a site, and then could base all the other pages off that within one document that would be swell.

Hence why I asked if anyone does this with ID.

Carry on.

Don McCahill's picture

ID does output to XML, I think, and that is HTML on steroids. It sounds like you might want to get into data-driven websites, where you design a basic page, and it feeds the necessary copy to it, depending on the situation. This site is an example, along with Amazon, etc.

The tool for doing that kind of thing is the php language, ASP, ColdFusion, and maybe more. You can access some of these tools in Dreamweaver.

vincentg's picture

For one thing, you will never get a good listing with the search engine, since they only index HTML pages, not PDFs.

Not entirely true, as proven by Google. You would have to link to the PDF though, from an HTML web page which contains enough relevant information. That will ensure it shows up on the search engines.

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