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Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Linux

Adobe InDesign is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative 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 nine of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Adobe InDesign are VivaDesigner, Laidout, reThumbnail and Drawtify.

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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  1. Scribus icon

    Scribus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku

    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.

    ⚫︎ Fill PDF FormsScribus supports forms in PDF files.
    ⚫︎ PortableScribus can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think Scribus is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    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. This economically priced high end DTP program is extremely powerful and still very easy to use. With its innovative concepts, you can decisively improve your working processes and document management.

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    Almost everyone thinks VivaDesigner is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.

    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!

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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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    reThumbnail

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    reThumbnail, which is re (re: a prefix that means”again” to indicate repetition) + thumbnail (small image representation to make it easier and faster to look at a video)

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    Not similar at all in function

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    Drawtify

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Free Online Vector Graphic Editor with Great Design Templates and Elements. With powerful vector editor, you can create beautiful graphics online for free, such as SVG graphics, vector logos, infographics, flyer, poster, banners, etc.

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    PageStream

    • Mac
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    • AmigaOS

    Pagestream is a proprietary desktop publishing program for Linux, Windows, Macintosh, and Amiga. It was originally released under the name Publishing Partner in 1986.

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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.

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    Discontinued

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

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    BroadVision QuickSilver

    • Windows
    • Linux

    BroadVision QuickSilver — one of the most powerful document creation and management tools available — enables businesses to create and publish lengthy, complex documents in virtually any language and any format.

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    pagination.com

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    • Online

    Pagination lets you connect data from any source with custom InDesign layouts, and automatically create beautiful catalogs and price lists.

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