Free 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 Feb 4, 2021

    • Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. View 25 alternatives to Scribus
      Most users think Scribus is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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      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  about 2 years ago

      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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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  about 2 years ago

      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

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

      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

      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 over 1 year ago

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

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    • Design presentations, social media graphics, and more. View 85 alternatives to Canva
      Some users think Canva is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, some don't.
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      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 about 3 years ago

      Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      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

      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 over 2 years ago



    • Desygner is an online and mobile design solution, which offers a simpler alternative to expensive and complicated design suites. View 62 alternatives to Desygner
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      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

    • Lucidpress is a web-based design and layout application that enables anyone to create beautiful print and digital documents. View 49 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.
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    • Free online design editor. Create images for social media, YouTube previews, Facebook covers. View 78 alternatives to Polotno Studio
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    • Crello is an online graphic design editor that offers over 6000 free design templates for social media posts, advertising materials and other graphics. View 63 alternatives to Crello
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    • Design attention grabbing thumbnails for your videos in less than 60 seconds! No design skills needed. View 73 alternatives to reThumbnail
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      reThumbnail vs Adobe InDesign
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Not similar at all in function
      Negative comment 9 months ago

    • A typography tool that helps you pair beautiful, free Google Fonts together by suggesting pairs. View 69 alternatives to FontPair
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