Open Source Adobe InDesign Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Adobe InDesign is Scribus, which is both free and Open Source. 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 (Free, Open Source), Laidout (Free, Open Source) and Passepartout (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 2, 2021

    1. 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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      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

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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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

      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, 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 almost 2 years ago

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

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

    3. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Laidout is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
    4. 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.


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

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