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Open Source Adobe InDesign Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Adobe InDesign is Scribus. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Adobe InDesign and four of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Adobe InDesign are Polotno Studio, Laidout and Passepartout.

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.
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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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    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.

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    Full features. Good for commercial print jobs.

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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

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    Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version.

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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.

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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

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    InDesign has more features than Scribus.

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  2. 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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    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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    Passepartout

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Passepartout is a desktop publishing system that is based on the idea of automatic typesetting of streams of XML based text documents.The project was started back in 2002 to facilitate a particular task — creating a newspaper. These days the project is somewhat dormant.

    Discontinued

    The last update was released on August 5th, 2007.

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