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    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...

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

    • absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page Guest • Oct 2017 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full features. Good for commercial print jobs. Guest • Mar 2017 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Canva icon

    Canva

    Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: - blog graphics - presentations - Facebook...

    Freemium $ $ $ Web iPhone iPad

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    • Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has. Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 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 • 14 days ago Disagree   Agree
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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...

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac OS X Windows

    • 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 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 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 Disagree   Agree
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    Microsoft Office Publisher

    Part of the Microsoft Office Suite, Publisher helps you create, personalize, and share a wide range of publications and marketing materials in-house.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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    • Most of the essential InDesign functions are not there. Guest • Nov 2015 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Canvas icon

    Canvas

    Canvas 11 is the single most cost-effective, integrated solution for the creation, enhancement, presentation and sharing of technical illustrations and graphics.

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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...

    Freemium $ $ $ Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    VivaDesigner

    VivaDesigner is the first high end typesetting and layout program in the world for both desktop and Web.

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Linux

    • 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 Disagree   Agree
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    Serif Pageplus

    PagePlus is the easy to use, all-in-one solution for professional desktop publishing, creative design, full PDF editing and quality print work. The intuitive interface...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued Serif will not release another major version of any of our ‘Plus’ range applications. They will however continue to be available for the foreseeable future. https://community.serif.com/forum/other%20products/74586/affinity-is-coming-to-windows
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    iStudio Publisher

    iStudio Publisher, the new page layout and design application for Mac OS X has arrived. Produce professional looking magazines, brochures, adverts, reports...

    Commercial Mac OS X

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    Swift Publisher

    Swift Publisher is an excellent Macintosh page layout application for designing and printing colorful flyers, newsletters, brochures, letterheads, booklets, etc. A great...

    Commercial Mac OS X

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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...

    Free Open Source Linux

Adobe InDesign Comments

gold standard for catalog design

Comment by Kagerjay
about Adobe InDesign · Jun 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

this is pretty much the application every big media agency uses for designing catalogs, newspapers, brochures, etc

There's really not a program that comes close to what Adobe Indesign can do

You can't compare this to microsoft publisher, any respectable designer will tell you that's garbage in comparison

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