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 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 Jun 2, 2021

    Platforms

    • Online
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • Spotify
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD

    Features

    • Desktop publishing
    • Publishing
    • Layout
    • Content Templates
    • Export to PDF
    • Software as a Service
    • Web-Based
    • Photo editing
    • Image Editing
    • Multiple languages
    • Convert images to PDF
    • InDesign import
    • Automation
    • Custom templates
    • Customizable
    • Database Publishing
    • Branding
    • Built-in editor
    • Calendar

    License

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    • Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. View 25 alternatives to Scribus
      Most users think Scribus is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      Scribus vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      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.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      5
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      4
      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 3 years ago

      14
      Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      3
      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 over 1 year ago

      2
      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 2 years ago

      1
      itstimefory2k InDesign has more features than Scribus.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      3
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    • 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... View 23 alternatives to Affinity Publisher
      Almost everyone thinks Affinity Publisher is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      Affinity Publisher vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year 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.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      2
      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.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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

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

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    • Design presentations, social media graphics, and more. View 87 alternatives to Canva
      Some users think Canva is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, some don't.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Canva vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Canva is a great tool for making a simple social media post, but it is not an industry-standard design software competitor.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has.
      Negative comment almost 4 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 about 2 years ago

      1
      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 3 years ago

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    • 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. View 23 alternatives to QuarkXPress
      Almost everyone thinks QuarkXPress is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      QuarkXPress vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 4 years ago

      4
      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 3 years ago

      2
      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 4 years ago

      1
      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 3 years ago

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    • Desygner is an online and mobile design solution, which offers a simpler alternative to expensive and complicated design suites. View 145 alternatives to Desygner
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Desygner vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It simply doesn't offer file upload. I'm looking for a online solution to edit my .indd files...
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    • VivaDesigner is the first high end typesetting and layout program in the world for both desktop and Web. View 41 alternatives to VivaDesigner
      Almost everyone thinks VivaDesigner is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      VivaDesigner vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 4 years ago

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    • Free online design editor. Create images for social media, YouTube previews, Facebook covers. View 79 alternatives to Polotno Studio
      • FreeOpen Source
      • 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. View 50 alternatives to Lucidpress
      Some users think Lucidpress is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, some don't.
    • Laidout is desktop publishing software, particularly for multipage, cut and folded booklets, with page sizes that don't even have to be rectangular. View 17 alternatives to Laidout
      Almost everyone thinks Laidout is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
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