Adobe InDesign Alternatives and Similar Software

Though its ability to create content for Flash Player-based sites is no longer in high demand, InDesign is still a great piece of software for creating PDFs and other types of content for webpages and print.

Because of how exporting from InDesign functions, you might need to look for software alternatives that can export designs and layouts to more modern digital frameworks (such as Small QuarkXPress iconQuarkXPress and its ability to export content to HTML5 or Small Scribus iconScribus and its support for creating interactive PDF forms).

The list of alternatives was last updated: 9/8/2020 3:29:00 PM

Alternatives to Adobe InDesign for all platforms with any license

  • Scribus

    Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing small newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters and books.

    • absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page Guest • Oct 2017 • 38 agrees and 24 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I work with designers who send me PDFs as finished products. Sometimes I have to just make a small change here or there, and rather than going through a hassle of contracting someone for 10 minutes of work, I use Scribus to edit the files. I haven't used InDesign because it is too expensive and too much of a hassle to justify purchasing at work. Scribus can do the job that I need it to do. I have also used it to desing my CV and some other small projects, and I am very happy with it. Guest • Feb 2019 • 7 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Powerful and in-depth, lots of features. You can definitely produce professional work with Scribus. Usability is a mixed bag; get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation). In short: can be quite frustrating, but about as good it gets for professional output at the price of free. Guest • Feb 2019 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version. Guest • Oct 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very useful and complete. It has everything I need to work with, and the color management is just the best I've tired. I've been working in graphic design with Scribus for five years and it solves all my needs. I'm gonna s.top, because it looks like I'm one of those infomercial people, but I really recommend it. Guest • Sep 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It's hideous, poorly designed and just not comparable to the sleek (if easy to learn) professional appeal of InDesign. I haven't used it enough to compare the features but I truly hope there is a better alternative to InDesign somewhere Guest • Jul 2019 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • InDesign has more features than Scribus. itstimefory2kJul 2019 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full features. Good for commercial print jobs. Guest • Mar 2017 • 13 agrees and 17 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku

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  • Affinity Publisher

    From the earliest days of visualizing the Affinity range, we planned an unrivaled trio of sleek, modern apps tailored to work with the latest technology – ultra-fast, with stunning power and completely stripped of bloat. The final step towards realizing that ambition will come with the launch of Affinity Publisher.

    • It has a familiar intuitive interface that is similar to the Adobe suite. The tools are understandable and intuitive and with the full Affinity collection you can have more power in this software than even possible in just Adobe's Indesign. Guest • Nov 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not only a good alternative, the latest version (1.8) loads InDesign IDML files. Guest • Apr 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Until now, QuarkXPress was the only professional alternative to InDesign, but there's now a new contender: Affinity Publisher. I was already using Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, and it's an essential addition to the suite. Really great to see new professional products breaking the Adobe monopoly. POXMar 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its faster, more intuitive and cheaper. Guest • Aug 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Although it is only in beta, it has already proven to do everything Indesign can do. It is also much more intuitive. Guest • Jan 2019 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Canva

    Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: - blog graphics - presentations - Facebook covers - flyers - posters - invitations - and so much more

    • Easy to use interface, lots of free photos, templates and fonts. Gives you the opportunity to work fast, in your browser, with professional results. Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Canva is a great tool for making a simple social media post, but it is not an industry-standard design software competitor. Guest • Feb 2018 • 13 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Canva is certainly not an advanced design software, but for a home user on small to medium projects it is an excellent alternative to InDesign. Guest • Aug 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has. Guest • Sep 2017 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Web iPhone iPad

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  • QuarkXPress

    Computer application for creating and editing complex page layouts in a WYSIWYG environment. It runs on Mac OS X and Windows. It was first released by Quark, Inc. in 1987 and is still owned and published by them. The most recent version is QuarkXPress 8 and it allows publishing in English ("International and U.S."[1]) and 36 other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

    • Way better than the competition. I learned Adobe InDesign when I was in school but I now use QuarkXPress for work. POXJul 2018 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 2 generations ahead of InDesign and available as a permanent purchase with no subscription. Converts all types of PDF files to native objects and outputs HTML5 and iOS apps in addition to industry-standard PDF for print. martinturnerJul 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Quark still is the most intuitive and powerful application for layout and design. InDesign is almost as good but having used Quark since 1.1 I can say it is still (very expensive) but the best. phillipsalfNov 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Innovative features, like make PDF editable, create HTML5, as many apps as I want etc. And I can buy a license which I keep. At $185 for an upgrade. Plus it is fast, launches within 6 seconds. Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Lucidpress

    Lucidpress is a web-based design and layout application that enables anyone to create beautiful print and digital documents. PERFECT FOR PRINT: We've eliminated the frustration of traditional layout tools -- easily create flyers, brochures, newsletters, magazines, and photobooks. DYNAMIC FOR DIGITAL: Quickly create digital documents for viewing on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

    Freemium Web

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  • VivaDesigner

    This economically priced high end DTP program is extremely powerful and still very easy to use. With its innovative concepts, you can decisively improve your working processes and document management. With VivaDesigner, all collaborations between end customers, corporations and their employees as well as agencies, service providers, printers and editors can be simplified and dramatically improved.

    • It has 95-99% of all the features of InDesigner, can read and write Adobe InDesign files based on IDML and is the only app that is also available for the browser without any installation for the client. And last but not least you can buy or rent it and there is even a free version! Guest • Apr 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Desygner

    Desygner is an online and mobile design solution, which offers a simpler alternative to expensive and complicated design suites. The collaborative design tool allows anyone to create beautiful designs regardless of skill level.

    • It simply doesn't offer file upload. I'm looking for a online solution to edit my .indd files... Guest • Nov 2018 • 1 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • DesignBold

    A simple new way to design We created DesignBold with the goal of making it fun and effortless to create your designs. Expect epic and sophisticated results without any need for technical expertise! Innovation that works With DesignBold’s drag-and-drop simplicity and keyboard shortcuts, a complicated editing task can be an absolute breeze to complete in less time and with fewer steps than ever before.

    Freemium $ $ $ Web

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  • Swift Publisher

    Swift Publisher is an easy-to-use page layout and desktop publishing app for Mac. This software provides all you need for creating impressive and professional-looking documents such as flyers, brochures, catalogs, magazines, booklets, newsletters, calendars, posters, menus, cards, Facebook and Twitter covers and many more.

    • It's inexpensive and very straightforward. It misses some of the hi-end features of InDesign, but is very good for basic tasks such as designing flyers, posters or brochures. Handling of text could be better though. Overall, it's a very good app for its price. Guest • Jul 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • Laidout

    Laidout is desktop publishing software, particularly for multipage, cut and folded booklets, with page sizes that don't even have to be rectangular. The whole page view can be rotated to any angle. Warping is implemented. Laidout exports to Postscript, PDF, PNG, SVG, SLA (Scribus, images and groups only) and PP (Passepartout, images and groups only).

    Free Open Source Linux

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