Create a cloud service for InDesign where files can be worked on by numerous people at the same time. Will help save time and encourage collaboration. Like Google Docs, Slides, etc.
Thanks for making this request. In order to understand the use-case more better I have a few questions:
1. Whats the role of the different people working collaboratively on the same file. Are they always only designers or are other personas also involved.
2. What is the use-case here, some parts of this request suggest an Editorial collaboration whereas others suggest collaboration amongst different designers. I am trying to separate these 2 requests out.
3. What are the different kind of files (brochures, books, magazines etc) for which this is required.
4. Does it need to be a web based service, or having the user be able to collaborate on one shared file using InDesign or InCopy on the Desktop will work? What is the advantage you feel over a web-service over the desktop app?
5. How do you workaround this need today? What are the most important problems with the current workaround?
Sara Kocevska commented
Is there some update on this matter? it is very much needed to have InDesign to be collaborative for 2 people in the same time working on a file in this period of Corona Virus... Please think about it, you will change our lives on better
Abdullah Saleem commented
Collaborative workflow will allow other designers to work on the same document at the same time, for example, I am in editorial designing and most of work which we do is Annual Report designing. It includes Financial Accounts from Excel File which we redesign into Indesign tables and Place it, and Second, it includes Directors Report Pages which needed to be designed. like add pictures and other editorial stuff like designing.
This feature would aid us to work on the same files and it would save time. As one person (person 1; to get more hypothesis on this example) could work on accounts and other person(person 2) could work on designing pages of Directors Report. Secondly, if clients want to do changes it could do with another person (person 1) while Person 2 is doing the next pages onto same files.
Answer to Question 4:
It should be offline as a desktop app or updated Indesign feature as I don't think that web-based solution would be that effective as we want to edit and update files.
Answer to Question 5:
We now save files packaged it and then send to another user (person 2) and then he complete its work packaged it again then gave it that person one. This creates hassle and lots of back and forth,
This would be amazing! I would love if Adobe would incorporate this!
Any updates?? Dido with the below comment.
Has there been an update to this? Very needed right now with Coronavirus.
Christine Jacobus commented
1. The role of the different people involved are designers, art directors, creative directors, all who have access to the creative cloud. Others would be copywriters who could have access via InCopy. Then there are commenters and approvers which is not the issue here. The issue is to give the designers the ability to change and create at the same time as other designers. One can be assigned to different chapters following the same look and feel.
2. Answered above.
3. Mostly large formats such as magazines, books, annual reports, etc.
4. The obvious advantage is that one creative can be traveling, at the library, working from home and another can be in the office and they can collaborate from any were.
5. The only work around is to create different sections and then put them together later but this does not allow for live review of consistency rather than making a list of important things to keep in mind. If the art director makes an edit, and the designer needs to incorporate that change, it is live in the same document.
Gigi K commented
I would love collaborative editing as well. I voluntarily produce a monthly newsletter and a once a year handbook for a small group, and would like to allow another member to occasionally help. Right now she has to come over and sit with me at my desk which is not convenient for either, but I would like to allow her to help via sharing the online files, perhaps by having a temporary-use guest pass to login and help.
This definitely needs to be supported and Creative Cloud is very misleading as to what you can do collaboratively with Indesign & Incopy.
Surely a simple thing these days.
If you can do this, please do let me know
Nicklas Storbjörk commented
20 thumbs up for this request.
Ms. Sarah commented
I am a yearbook advisor at the school I work at. My 7th and 8th grade students will be creating the yearbook using Indesign. Is there a way to have 1 file in the cloud and all students work on it at home or at school?
A crucial feature!
Adobe created their software an eon ago when mobile phones were the size of a brick and now we are well into the intuitive smartphone age the foundation of their platform is so out of date that they have been able to move past the point of a Blackberry. The only way is if they start from scratch again, rethink and recreate everything much like Apple did with iMovie and Final Cut Pro. The level of support coming out of India .... I can''t even comment. The collaboration feature they do such a sleek job of showing off in their promo videos is just a complete lie totally misleading. It is not even true collaboration as everyone knows. After 8 calls so far to their support team in India the guy tells me today that they haven't even been trained in how to use it and he and the rest of them couldn't even figure it out themselves let alone give me a clear description of what it can do. I could go on and on... they live on the fact that they got started early and became the industry standard forcing people to have to use it. They would get a look in the door if they were kicking off with this **** today.
We're an innovation strategy design consultancy and we're working with designers that are collaborating while being in different parts of the world. We need a tool for collaborative presentation and report making.
We love InDesign but we can't work together on one document. Now we're using Google Slides. The collaborative features of Google Slides is amazing. We can stay connected via Skype whole work day and see what other person is doing, giving constant feedback and basically work as if we're in one room. I cannot stress enough how much value that brings to our workflow. The layout features of Google Slides... remain basic. From simple stuff like ALT + mouse wheel to zoom, through permanently invisible abject/ text container outlines, no simple ability to lock objects, no global font styles... the list is quite long...
As designers, the highest visual quality of the work is key for us. We tried to stay with InDesign (which we love!), but when push comes to shove we just have to switch to Google Slides. It is just more convenient tool. We'd rather deliver a slightly aesthetically simpler content and struggle with the Google Slides interface ,than sacrifice the communication time gains that we're getting from Google Slides.
Here's what we think we want: Google Slides Collaboration Experience with InDesign layout tools and interface.
The lack of this collaborative features seriously messes with our standards... Please.. we'll buy a lot of licences ;)
Hilary Ford commented
Yes please! We are a small copy with several people who can do inDesign but not a dedicated designer. This would greatly increase the efficiency of our work if we could simply pick-up here the last person left off instead of having to continue downloading new versions of the same file to make even the smallest edits on.
Also still interested in this, despite the date of this. Same issues. I have the need to collaborate locally (or off a server location not a part of adobe creative cloud) for some files that span between designers of different teams, but also sometimes from an editing and design relationship.
projects can vary from illustrative infographics to longer editorial layouts intended for both digital and print. Indesign and also illustrator could benefit from this. My current workaround is 2 people sitting side by side, but only one gets to drive. Or..... someone works on a local file of one half of the document, while another works on the remaining half.... then both halves take turns moving into a combined third document.
Danny Weston commented
I know this is an old thread, but I am still curious about this. Google Docs is a great example. I am in a publishing setting too. I must admit, having the same problem as Anne-Marie Concepcion makes me feel like a much better InDesign user. (manly fangirl squeal)
Thomas Hallgren commented
That someone at Adobe needs to ask for a use case scenario IS the problem. Okay then, like GOOGLE DOCS.
Brian Hassett commented
This is terrible that multiple users cannot work on the same file. What is this, 1985 or something? This technology has been readily available for decades! What is this Adobe amateur hour?
This is mind-blowingly 3rd rate that I can't collaborate . . . on something you misleadingly call the Creative Cloud.
How is this possible?
Does anybody read this?
Lindsey Thomas Martin commented
Javed, I believe you are correct that there are two use cases. I'll call them  editorial and  collaborative.
 Editorial, when editorial, design and production work with authors, in-house or out of house, who have written a piece that will be published under their names. In this case, it is important that changes to the text and design be clearly presented to the authors on the proofs, their correxions included, and their approval of final page proofs secured. Tracking changes and controlling versions is very important as lawsuits are possible if such a piece is published and the author discovers correxions not made or unapproved changes after publication.
 Collaborative, when writers, editorial, design and production, often some in house and others out of house, work to produce a publication and/or a set of collateral assets for an organisation. The chief needs here are, I think, for a tracked but flexible exchange of ideas and suggestions as the products are written, designed, and produced.
Would one service fit both cases? Possibly, though I think the collaborative workflow is where you will find the low-hanging fruit, for reasons put forward in the discussion of import and export of comments between ID and PDF. We run both workflows in parallel though, at the moment, the editorial uses sequential proofs in PDF sent via e-mail, and the collaborative relies heavily on face-to-face meetings.
regarding your questions here my feedback:
1. Different cases are possible. Designers are on group of users, editors (text & picture), translators, reviewers, too.
2. both can be possible
3. In my eyes mostly bigger once, like the things you mentioned. But smaller once, like flyer can occur, too.
4. Wether is is web based or file based is a question of use cases. Designers with InDesign don't need a web based service in first place. Web based services are much more interesting for editors, e.g. that create texts for more channels, than print.
5. Its differs from the use case. Problems today: Only one person can work at an indesign file at a time. Editors need InCopy, that require at least some kind of introduction. Today editors often use word or collaborative tool, like GoogleDocs – for that there is no good way of integration without plugins or any mechanism for updated content.