Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Adobe InDesign for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small Scribus iconScribus, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 39 alternatives to Adobe InDesign and 17 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Adobe InDesign are Small Affinity Publisher iconAffinity Publisher (Paid), Small QuarkXPress iconQuarkXPress (Paid), Small VivaDesigner iconVivaDesigner (Paid) and Small Canvas iconCanvas (Paid).

The list of alternatives was last updated on Sep 8, 2020

Platforms

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  • Online
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Self-Hosted
  • PortableApps.com
  • Haiku
  • Chrome OS
  • Android Tablet
  • BSD
  • AmigaOS
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Features

  • Publishing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Layout
  • Edit photo
  • Export to PDF
  • Content Templates
  • Web-Based
  • Custom templates
  • Drawing
  • Calendar
  • Image Editing
  • Convert images to PDF
  • Multiple languages
  • Database Publishing
  • Print Brochure
  • Social media integration
  • Thumbnail maker
  • Thumbnails
  • Software as a Service
  • Special effects
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License

  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Paid

  • Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    Gu
    absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page

    Negative comment • more than a year ago • 38 users agree and 24 don't.

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    Gu
    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.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago • 7 users agree and 3 don't.

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    Gu
    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.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago • 8 users agree and 4 don't.

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  • 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...
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    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.

    Positive comment • 12 months ago • 2 users agree.

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    Gu
    Its faster, more intuitive and cheaper.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree.

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    POX926192
    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.

    Positive comment • 7 months ago • 1 users agree.

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  • 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.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    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 • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 1 doesn't.

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    POX671256
    Way better than the competition. I learned Adobe InDesign when I was in school but I now use QuarkXPress for work.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree and 1 doesn't.

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    Gu
    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 • more than a year ago • 1 users agree.

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  • VivaDesigner is the first high end typesetting and layout program in the world for both desktop and Web.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    Gu
    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 • more than a year ago • 3 users agree.

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  • Canvas 11 is the single most cost-effective, integrated solution for the creation, enhancement, presentation and sharing of technical illustrations and graphics.
  • Design attention grabbing thumbnails for your videos in less than 60 seconds! No design skills needed.
    • Freemium
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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  • 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.
  • SpringPublisher is a professional and easy to use desktop publishing software.

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    • Free Personal
    • Windows
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  • Pagestream is a proprietary desktop publishing program for Linux, Windows, Macintosh, and Amiga. It was originally released under the name Publishing Partner in 1986.
    • Mac
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    • AmigaOS
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  • 365Layouts is building an online drag and drop design platform to help small business owners create advertising materials with our free design templates.Features:
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    • Online
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