Rethinking pages with an infinite pasteboard and multi-user collaboration
Let us bring InDesign into an open and more collaborative world.
The individual pasteboard and contained page structure of InDesign are very constraining. It is time for a different approach to how we do page layout.
Let us move to an infinite style pasteboard canvas (a la Illustrator, or Adobe XD, Figma) where your imagination can run wild! Think of it as a blown-up version of the Pages Panel with the same click-to, snap-to rearrange functionality, but without the extra layer of InDesign UI baggage.
- Pages would function the same way with a left-to-right, top-to-bottom order, snapping layouts into the proper page arrangement.
- A visual thread can bind groups of pages together to maintain pagination and order.
- The same thread could double as the indicator of the document's spine for printed matter and the starting point for the measurement ruler.
- Master Pages would be more like how they are presented in the Page Panel, prepending the pages, but could live contextually, presented only when prompted.
With this addition, it would be amazing to (fingers crossed) bring collaborative editing into the fold. Opening up the pasteboard makes working with other contributors fun, effective, and overall time-saving. Teams can work in tandem to concept out a project, work on specific areas of the design between page layout, copy editing, artwork creation, and overseeing the creation from afar. If anyone has used Figma, you know how great collaborative features would be if brought to InDesign. Forget about cobbled together documents with varying pages, typographic and object styles, and separate applications like InCopy. No more lone star designers feeling the weight of impending deadlines because “there can only be one” person in the doc at a time.
InDesign would also become a better educational tool, allowing instructors to showcase typographic concepts and demonstrate page layout.
A different approach to how we view layout structure and design in InDesign's, plus the ability to work together in a single document would evolve InDesign into a more intuitive and productive software.