To date, the ".indd" file type is accessible using only two different software titles, although one of the programs requires that you have a certain plug-in installed to make viewing and editing of the file possible. INDD stands for "IN Design Document," which should help you to remember which program is used primarily to manipulate these files; the software is titled, appropriately, "InDesign," and is a member of the Adobe family of software. Adobe specializes mostly in different graphical design applications as well as document and photo related programs. InDesign is used primarily for laying out pages, whether they be for online viewing or actual printing as in the case of a locally or nationally circulated newspaper. Its feature set is rich and suitable for professional grade production pieces. Largely, the InDesign interface acts as a sort of platform for other adobe software products by connecting them all with an over reaching layer into which they can integrate. Examples of the functionality afforded to the user by the additional adobe modules are: the interactive scalable vector graphics based animation program, Adobe's Macromedia Flash, Acrobat Reader for integration of the ever popular .pdf format, and the list continues on.
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The second, although lesser used program of the two when manipulating .indd documents is called Quark Xpress. This software is also commonly used when creating page layouts for magazines or newspapers, et cetera, although the available functions are somewhat limited in scope in comparison with Adobe's foray into this field with InDesign, especially when you consider the added flexibility of the integration of other popular Adobe formats. As was noted before, it is necessary to install a plug-in which is available for download at no cost at various locations online called ID2Q. After a quick search for this term using your favorite engine and you will be in business.
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More Info Regarding File Extension Indd
If you are attempting to open a file of the .indd extension, first be sure that you have the appropriate software installed. Both Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign both have trial versions of their software available for download at each of their respective sites. If you are trying to access a .indd file and are not sure if you want to commit to the purchase of Adobe or Quark's considerably costly products, go to their web site and try them out for free for a limited time to help you decide. If you have either program installed successfully (make sure you have the plug-in installed if you're using Quark's offering) and are receiving some kind of error upon your attempt to open a .indd file, make sure that the file is not damaged or corrupted in any way by re-downloading the file in question again after checking your internet connection. If you want to be certain it's not the file on the server, you can try downloading it from another location. There is also the possibility, if these methods don't solve your problem, that the file you are trying to open is not actually an InDesign file and is in fact improperly labeled with the wrong extension.
The .indd file type is complex and holds a significant amount of different typed of data, and due to the way it is encoded, it will not be readable if you attempt to view its contents using a text editor. You must have one of the two formerly mentioned software packages installed on your system. If the .indd document in question is labeled correctly and you know it is legitimate, right click on it and choose the "Open with..." dialogue. From there, you will be able to select the program you want to open the file with from a list, or alternately you can choose the program executable manually should InDesign or Quark Xpress not appear on that list. If at last you have exhausted all other possible avenues and correctly followed the aforementioned steps, the only option remaining is to ensure that your installation was performed correctly and that no files were damaged in the process. Re-download the installation file, and if necessary, from a different source, again to ensure file integrity server side. Through process of elimination you can narrow down the possible sources of the problem for a definite answer.