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Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Adobe InDesign for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac 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 15 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Adobe InDesign are Affinity Publisher, Canva, QuarkXPress and VivaDesigner.

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

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    27 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Fill PDF FormsScribus supports forms in PDF files.
    2.  PortableScribus can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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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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    Guest

    Full features. Good for commercial print jobs.

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    Guest

    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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    sedeti

    finaluy what is it?a pain in the aass,or fully featured?because you can't even decoide

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    Guest

    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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    Guest

    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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  2. Affinity Publisher icon

    Affinity Publisher

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    24 alternatives to Affinity Publisher 

    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Affinity Publisher is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
    ashf

    Fast, flexible with designing

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    orondunedin

    Great, inexpensive page layout software. It's not really a feature-for-feature replacement for InDesign, but it is powerful, particularly if you also have Affinity Photo and Designer.

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    Guest

    Not only a good alternative, the latest version (1.8) loads InDesign IDML files.

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    POX

    Until now, QuarkXPress was the only professional alternative to InDesign, but there's now a new contender: Affinity Publisher. I was already using Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, and it's an essential addition to the suite. Really great to see new professional products breaking the Adobe monopoly.

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    Guest

    It has a familiar intuitive interface that is similar to the Adobe suite. The tools are understandable and intuitive and with the full Affinity collection you can have more power in this software than even possible in just Adobe's Indesign.

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    Guest

    Its faster, more intuitive and cheaper.

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    Guest

    Although it is only in beta, it has already proven to do everything Indesign can do. It is also much more intuitive.

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  3. Canva icon

    Canva

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    92 alternatives to Canva 

    Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs.

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    1.  Facial RecognitionCanva can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
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    Guest

    Easy to use interface, lots of free photos, templates and fonts. Gives you the opportunity to work fast, in your browser, with professional results.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    Canva is a great tool for making a simple social media post, but it is not an industry-standard design software competitor.

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    Guest

    Canva is not made for layouts

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    Guest

    Canva is not page layout software. It is a simple tool for making social media posts.

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    Guest

    Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has.

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  4. QuarkXPress icon

    QuarkXPress

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    21 alternatives to QuarkXPress 

    Computer application for creating and editing complex page layouts in a WYSIWYG environment. It runs on Mac OS X and Windows. It was first released by Quark, Inc. in 1987 and is still owned and published by them.

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    Almost everyone thinks QuarkXPress is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
    martinturner

    2 generations ahead of InDesign and available as a permanent purchase with no subscription. Converts all types of PDF files to native objects and outputs HTML5 and iOS apps in addition to industry-standard PDF for print.

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    Guest

    Innovative features, like make PDF editable, create HTML5, as many apps as I want etc. And I can buy a license which I keep. At $185 for an upgrade. Plus it is fast, launches within 6 seconds.

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    phillipsalf

    Quark still is the most intuitive and powerful application for layout and design. InDesign is almost as good but having used Quark since 1.1 I can say it is still (very expensive) but the best.

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    POX

    Way better than the competition. I learned Adobe InDesign when I was in school but I now use QuarkXPress for work.

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    VivaDesigner

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    41 alternatives to VivaDesigner 

    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. With VivaDesigner, all collaborations between end customers, corporations and...

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    Almost everyone thinks VivaDesigner is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    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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  6. Swift Publisher icon

    Swift Publisher

    42 alternatives to Swift Publisher 

    Swift Publisher is an easy-to-use page layout and desktop publishing app for Mac. This software provides all you need for creating impressive and professional-looking documents such as flyers, brochures, catalogs, magazines, booklets, newsletters, calendars, posters, menus...

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    1.  Support for LayersSwift Publisher supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Guest

    It's inexpensive and very straightforward. It misses some of the hi-end features of InDesign, but is very good for basic tasks such as designing flyers, posters or brochures. Handling of text could be better though. Overall, it's a very good app for its price.

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    Drawtify

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    73 alternatives to Drawtify 

    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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    RagTime

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    17 alternatives to RagTime 

    RagTime is both a traditional Office and DTP layout application. Like an office application, RagTime contains a powerful word processor, a sophisticated spreadsheet, and a tool for slide shows. It supports picture handling and creates business graphics.

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    Guest

    Because we use it everyday for office applications. We know more functions than any software used on occasional base. It is very powerfull stable software. The piont we are missing is more basic templates.

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    iStudio Publisher

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    11 alternatives to iStudio Publisher 

    iStudio Publisher, the new page layout and design application for Mac OS X has arrived.

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    Guest

    Easy to use, all the basic features are there.

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    Orion Flyer Maker Pro

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    4 alternatives to Orion Flyer Maker Pro 

    Create beautiful professional looking flyers in minutes! Easily add objects and apply formatting using the incredibly simple drag and drop editor. Anyone can create professional flyers, even those without any graphic design or technical backgrounds.

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