Is there anyway to use indesign in linux? Or convert files to a linux-friendly design app?

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2020

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I am converting to linux OS.  I have indesign with lots of files on a windows OS.  I'd like to use indesign in linux, but I understand that indesign is not compatible.  Is there any way to make it compatible or convert files to a suitable design software in linux?

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Most Valuable Participant , Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2020
No, you'll need to keep running Windows 10 to keep running Indesign and Creative Cloud subscriptions. Maybe multi-boot is the answer.

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2020

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No, you'll need to keep running Windows 10 to keep running Indesign and Creative Cloud subscriptions. Maybe multi-boot is the answer.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 02, 2021 Jan 02, 2021

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I agree with @Test Screen Name, Adobe InDesign is only compatible with macOS & Windows as per system requirements.

You may post your concern on Adobe InDesign UserVoice. Product team will be happy to look into it.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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Valorous Hero ,
Jan 02, 2021 Jan 02, 2021

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Other than the dual-boot method mentioned, you might see if VivaDesigner suits you. Mac, PC, Linux, web versions.

 

It opens both .idml & .indd files, though how well it does depends upon the files themselves.

 

Good luck.

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Engaged ,
Jan 05, 2021 Jan 05, 2021

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Using Linux you could use open source VirtualBox to virtualize Windows and install InDesign in there.
Assuming you have an adequate machine performance wise.


Disclaimer:
I don't know if there are any license issues for virtualizing Adobe software (or Windows for that matter), so sorry if there are.

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