Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Adobe InDesign for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 18 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Adobe InDesign are Affinity Publisher (Paid), Canva (Freemium), QuarkXPress (Paid) and VivaDesigner (Paid).

    This page was last updated Aug 17, 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

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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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

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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
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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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
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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

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    2. 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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      Affinity Publisher vs Adobe InDesign opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Affinity Publisher is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      Not only a good alternative, the latest version (1.8) loads InDesign IDML files.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Its faster, more intuitive and cheaper.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Although it is only in beta, it has already proven to do everything Indesign can do. It is also much more intuitive.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: - blog graphics - presentations - Facebook covers - flyers - posters - invitations - and so much more
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      Canva vs Adobe InDesign opinions
      Some users think Canva is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, some don't.
      Canva is a great tool for making a simple social media post, but it is not an industry-standard design software competitor.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      Canva is a good layout but has none of the advanced text editing functionality that InDesign has.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      Easy to use interface, lots of free photos, templates and fonts. Gives you the opportunity to work fast, in your browser, with professional results.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    3. 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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      QuarkXPress vs Adobe InDesign opinions
      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    4. 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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      VivaDesigner vs Adobe InDesign opinions
      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!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      • 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
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    5. 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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      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.
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

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    6. Canvas 11 is the single most cost-effective, integrated solution for the creation, enhancement, presentation and sharing of technical illustrations and graphics.
    7. ePublisher allows you to take advantage of new technologies and empowers you with features and formats that keep the integrity of your message while meeting the preferences of your audience.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      SpringPublisher is a professional and easy to use desktop publishing software.

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