Free Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Windows

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: 7/16/2018 11:33:00 AM

Alternatives to Adobe InDesign for Windows with Free 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 • 26 agrees and 18 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 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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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 Disagree   Agree
    • Full features. Good for commercial print jobs. Guest • Mar 2017 • 12 agrees and 15 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Affinity Publisher

    *** FREE WHILE IN BETA *** 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.

    • 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 Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows

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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 and high-end output makes it the ideal choice for anyone from home users to small businesses.

    Freemium Windows

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  • 365Layouts.com

    365Layouts is building an online drag and drop design platform to help small business owners create advertising materials with our free design templates. Features: - Nothing to install: Say goodbye to the hassle of using desktop layout and design software. - Perfect for Print: 365Layouts offers a large library of templates for designing print content. - Drag and drop: Our easy-to-use page layout and design software makes every aspect of the design process more intuitive.

    Free Mac Windows Web Chrome OS

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  • SpringPublisher

    SpringPublisher is a professional and easy to use desktop publishing software. With its included various templates and online template store, powerful multi-layer editor, detailed help-files, SpringPublisher enables you to design and print Business Card, Flyer, Postcard, Letterhead and other artworks within a few minutes. Features: 1. Enables you to add images, texts, vector shapes, logos and arrange them as you like; 2. Provides various image effect: shadows, opacity, rotation, etc. 3.

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    Free Personal Windows

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