Do I need Indesign?


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Hi folks,

We're considering getting a perfect binder soon, as an alternative to comb binding.

There will be some work involved in creating covers and spines, with spine text, and layout etc of the correct spine width, plus glue traps etc.

I've never done any of this before, so am a total newbie. Covers are likely to be simple text plus possibly a corporate logo (think internal reports rather than external publications - those all go through an external designer).

We're getting Ricoh Total Flow Prep for imposition etc. But I'm wondering what the best solution would be for creating the covers? Also we might use it to produce business cards (just changing staff names/titles on an existing design).

Thoughts welcome. Thanks in advance!


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Well, you can subscribe to InDesign from Adobe for $21/month on the Cloud. InDesign will give you abilities to do much more than create simple book covers and you'll be able to open and edit customer files. But in your case you might opt to buy Microsoft Word 365 ($70), MS Publisher ($90) or Affinity Publisher ($50). I'd go with Affinity, since you get similar tools as InDesign and once you buy and install it, you own it.


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For that kind of work the free Pages application might be sufficient - if you're on a Mac.
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Personally, if I were in your boat I would be subscribed to Adobe for the suite along with the stock image subscription.
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