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Adobe InDesign Alternatives

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 QuarkXPress and its ability to export content to HTML5 or Scribus and its support for creating interactive PDF forms).

Adobe InDesign alternatives are mainly Desktop Publishers but may also be Image Editors or Graphic Design Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe InDesign.
This page was last updated Jun 9, 2022
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Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems.

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  1. Scribus icon

    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.

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    Scribus vs Adobe InDesign opinions
    Most users think Scribus is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    deltz025

    Scribus is fully featured, and can absolutely work as a replacement for InDesign, but is held back by a dated UI. A few hours of poking around menus will yield a professional-grade digital publishing tool.

    Top positive comment  26 days ago
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    Full features. Good for commercial print jobs.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page

    Top negative comment  over 4 years ago
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    Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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    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.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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    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

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    itstimefory2k

    InDesign has more features than Scribus.

    Negative comment about 3 years ago
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  2. 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.

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    Affinity Publisher vs Adobe InDesign opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Affinity Publisher is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
    ashf

    Fast, flexible with designing

    Top positive comment  7 months ago
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    orondunedin

    Great, inexpensive page layout software. It's not really a feature-for-feature replacement for InDesign, but it is powerful, particularly if you also have Affinity Photo and Designer.

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    Not only a good alternative, the latest version (1.8) loads InDesign IDML files.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    POX

    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.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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    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.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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    Its faster, more intuitive and cheaper.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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    Although it is only in beta, it has already proven to do everything Indesign can do. It is also much more intuitive.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. Canva icon

    Canva

    • FreemiumProprietary
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    • Windows
    • Online
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    • iPhone
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    • iPad

    Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs.

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    Canva vs Adobe InDesign opinions
    Some users think Canva is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, some don't.

    Canva is a great tool for making a simple social media post, but it is not an industry-standard design software competitor.

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    Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has.

    Negative comment almost 5 years ago
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    Easy to use interface, lots of free photos, templates and fonts. Gives you the opportunity to work fast, in your browser, with professional results.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    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.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  4. 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.

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    QuarkXPress vs Adobe InDesign opinions
    Almost everyone thinks QuarkXPress is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
    martinturner

    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.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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    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.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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    phillipsalf

    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.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    POX

    Way better than the competition. I learned Adobe InDesign when I was in school but I now use QuarkXPress for work.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  5. Polotno Studio icon

    Polotno Studio

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Free online design editor. Create images for social media, YouTube previews, Facebook covers.

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  6. 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.

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    VivaDesigner vs Adobe InDesign opinions
    Almost everyone thinks VivaDesigner is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.

    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!

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    Desygner

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
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    Desygner is an online and mobile design solution, which offers a simpler alternative to expensive and complicated design suites.

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    strokesspace

    No similar at all to indesign

    Negative comment 5 months ago
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    It simply doesn't offer file upload. I'm looking for a online solution to edit my .indd files...

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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    Lucidpress

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Lucidpress is a web-based design and layout application that enables anyone to create beautiful print and digital documents.

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    Some users think Lucidpress is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, some don't.
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    Laidout

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Laidout is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    reThumbnail

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    reThumbnail, which is re (re: a prefix that means”again” to indicate repetition) + thumbnail (small image representation to make it easier and faster to look at a video)

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    Not similar at all in function

    Negative comment almost 2 years ago
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