How to View INDD Files Without InDesign

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Are you wondering how to view INDD files without InDesign? Then this article is for you. In this article, we will discuss how to view INDD files without Adobe InDesign. With the listed solutions given below you will be able to effortlessly view the INDD files without InDesign application.

We all have hobbies like music, sports, painting, ventriloquist etc. Things we like to do, things we are talented with and are passionate to pursue. For some of us, it is writing whether it is motivational writing, being a critique for entertainment, fashion or sports. Writing for most people is either a profession or a talent, - let’s just say it is something that comes naturally to them and if they are good at it why not share it with the rest of the world.

If you are looking to share your writing with the rest of the world maybe as a freelancer for newspapers, magazines, brochures or even publish a book. Then, you must be familiar with INDD files, Adobe InDesign, PDF etc. If you are not sure what exactly is INDD file don’t be worried, it simply is a page layout with styles, formats that are useful in formatting and creating a newspaper, brochures, magazines, etc. And this is created with Adobe InDesign.

What is an INDD Files?

Adobe InDesign, Adobe's popular page layout software, uses the INDD file format as its native format. When working on a project with InDesign, the INDD format is the only way to keep all components of your layout design editable. When the document is finished, INDD files are exported as more commonly accessible formats such as PDF. To simply break it down it is a page layout with styles, formats that are useful in formatting and creating a newspaper, brochures, magazines, etc. And this is created with Adobe InDesign.

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How to Open the INDD files?

The simplest approach to open an INDD file if you have InDesign installed on your computer is to double-click the file icon. On both Mac and Windows PCs, InDesign will begin automatically and open the file as required.

how to view indd file without InDesignNow that you know an INDD file is created with adobe InDesign, you might be wondering is it possible for me to view this file without InDesign. Well, don’t fret because the answer is ‘Yes’. It is possible to view without InDesign. How? Read further and find out…….

You can open an INDD  file with QuarkXPress, ADO view or even Adobe InCopy. The most popular one is QuarkXPress when you are not using the primary software. So, how do you view the INDD file in this? Well, want to ease your curiosity then, continue reading.

Converting an INDD File:

To be able to view an INDD file, you will have to first convert it into PDF, JPG, HTML, ESP etc. as per your requirement. The most popular one out of these is PDF. To be able to do this, here we have mentioned 2 ways to convert INDD File to PDF File Format

Method 1: Using Convertor tools or software

Step 1:  you simply have to go to the website, download either QuarkXPress (which needs ID2Q Plugin), ADO, Lucidpress or any one of the online free converters.

Step 2: Sign in with your email ID and details. Download the file and click convert. You can convert into any format as per your preference. Now that you have chosen your preference.

Step 3: Go ahead and click on ‘Convert’. Your INDD file has now be converted into the format you preferred. Once, you have done this, it also gets easier to make changes and editing into the content easily.

Method 2: Using Inbuilt Tool:

InDesign has a built-in export feature using which you can convert  your INDD file to your desired file format.

Follow the steps mentioned below to convert INDD file to PDF file.

Step 1: Under File, Click on Export Option

Step 2: Click on the Location where you want to Save the file

Step 3: Click on Format Menu to Choose your desired format.

Step 4: In save as option, you can change the name of the file if you want, then click on Save button

Step 5: In the Export Adobe PDF Dialogue Box, you can select your desired preference in the following options:
- Adobe PDF Preset: depending on what your PDF file is for, you can Choose you can choose anything from High Quality Print (to get that file printed from your printer) to Smallest File Size option (optimized as email attachments).
or other options such as color, size etc.

Step 6: Click on Export button to save the file in PDF file format.

Can I Open INDD files without Converting or using Adobe Indesign?

No, it is not possible to open the INDD files without converting or using Adobe Indesign tool. You need to either convert the INDD file into a different file format or you can make use of Adobe Indesign(Free for 7 days).

Note: While trying to make changes like converting or editing, and end up deleting the PSD file accidentally. Then don’t panic because there is a complete tutorial to retrieve INDD files that are simple and only a few clicks away.

Frequently Asked Question: 

1. Is it Possible to Open INDD Files in Photoshop?

No, it is not possible to open INDD files in Photoshop. Photoshop has basic vector editing capability. It might not be able to support the INDD files.

2. Is INDD file a Vector or Raster?

Usually the INDD files are vector and you can customize them. Vectors are ideal for communicating layout and visual design information without compromising on the quality.

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