Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Mac

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: 7/3/2019 11:58:00 AM

Alternatives to Adobe InDesign for Mac with any 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.

    • 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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Sep 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version. Guest • Oct 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 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 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • InDesign has more features than Scribus. itstimefory2kJul 2019 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page Guest • Oct 2017 • 36 agrees and 23 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full features. Good for commercial print jobs. Guest • Mar 2017 • 13 agrees and 17 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku

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  • 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. The final step towards realizing that ambition will come with the launch of Affinity Publisher.

    • Its faster, more intuitive and cheaper. Guest • Aug 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • 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. The most recent version is QuarkXPress 8 and it allows publishing in English ("International and U.S."[1]) and 36 other languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

    • Way better than the competition. I learned Adobe InDesign when I was in school but I now use QuarkXPress for work. POXJul 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. martinturnerJul 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. phillipsalfNov 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • 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, cards, Facebook and Twitter covers and many more.

    • 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. Guest • Jul 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • 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 their employees as well as agencies, service providers, printers and editors can be simplified and dramatically improved.

    • 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! Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • iStudio Publisher

    iStudio Publisher, the new page layout and design application for Mac OS X has arrived. Produce professional looking magazines, brochures, adverts, reports, newsletters, greetings cards and many other types of publications without having to learn overcomplicated design applications. iStudio Publisher has a simple and intuitive user interface that has everything in easy reach allowing you to spend more time on your design work, and less trying to find those elusive features.

    • Easy to use, all the basic features are there. Guest • Jun 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac

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  • 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. In addition, it offers CMYK separation, color management, support for spot colors, frame-based layout, PDF export and tabular composition.

    • 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. Guest • Nov 2015 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac 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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  • pagination.com

    Pagination lets you connect data from any source with custom InDesign layouts, and automatically create beautiful catalogs and price lists. You can create within seconds, documents in PDF and InDesign from any kind of data source, such as Excel, CSV, MySQL, XML, or exports from corporate databases.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web

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