Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Windows

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 Windows 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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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 1 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 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • InDesign has more features than Scribus. itstimefory2kJul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 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 • 34 agrees and 23 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full features. Good for commercial print jobs. Guest • Mar 2017 • 13 agrees and 16 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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.

    • 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 0 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 0 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 1 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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  • Serif Pageplus

    PagePlus is the easy to use, all-in-one solution for professional desktop publishing, creative design, full PDF editing and quality print work. The intuitive interface and high-end output makes it the ideal choice for anyone from home users to small businesses.

    Freemium Windows

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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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  • Webworks ePublisher

    With over 20 years serving the technical communications industry, WebWorks ePublisher is the ultimate tried and true publishing solution for technical communicators. It is important to us that the value of what you do is not lost when delivering the content you create. Because of this, WebWorks puts more into the development of content delivery than any other competitor, by a wide margin.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • SpringPublisher

    SpringPublisher is a professional and easy to use desktop publishing software. With its included various templates and online template store, powerful multi-layer editor, detailed help-files, SpringPublisher enables you to design and print Business Card, Flyer, Postcard, Letterhead and other artworks within a few minutes. Features: 1. Enables you to add images, texts, vector shapes, logos and arrange them as you like; 2. Provides various image effect: shadows, opacity, rotation, etc. 3.

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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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  • imPRESSion

    imPRESSion and imPRESSion Lite are affordable desktop publishing applications that combine powerful vector graphics drawing with a range of text handling functions.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Microsoft Office Publisher

    Microsoft Publisher, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, helps you create, personalize, and share a wide range of publications and marketing materials in-house. New and improved capabilities guide you through the process of creating and distributing in print, Web, and e-mail so you can build your brand, manage customer lists, and track your marketing campaigns — all in-house.

    • Covers all the essentials of good DTP software if you're willing to get into the help documentation and find them (more complicated features are somewhat hidden). Vastly more affordable than InDesign or Quark, and vastly more capable than most of the rest of the options. I personally like it because I'm old school and was trained on Aldus Pagemaker, and MS Publisher has a Pagemaker-like feel. Guest • Jun 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Good for very simple job. Nice for merging data (db) and presentation ! Guest • Mar 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Most of the essential InDesign functions are not there. Guest • Nov 2015 • 11 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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