11 Extremely Useful Adobe InDesign Alternatives

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Today we look at some of the best Adobe Indesign alternative solutions. This post includes Indesign alternative software and online tools.

Adobe Indesign is one of the most popular tools for desktop publishing and print media designing. But of course, popularity does not always translate into to suitability. Your needs may be different so you might be looking for an Indesign alternative.

You may wanna find an Indesign alternative for several reasons, such as: you’re looking for an easier tool, you’re looking for a free tool, or you could be looking for a specialist tool, not a jack of all trades.

So today we are presenting the best Indesign alternatives. Some of them might just be even better than the real Indesign.

I’m mentioning all the prices, supported operating systems and their introduction. Hopefully, I won’t leave any question unanswered but if you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment. I always reply ­čÖé

Adobe Indesign Alternatives

Scribus

Price: Free

OS: Linux, Windows, Mac, Haiku

This is the most popular free Indesign alternative there is. This is a software that, according to many, is even better than the real Indesign.

This open source program brings professional page layout to UNIX/Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and the Windows desktop with a lovely combination of the press-ready output and the new approaches of page designing.

indesign alternative

Spring Publisher

Price: Free. Multi-user pro version costs $24.

OS: Windows

Spring Publisher software is not only a professional one that is a considerable alternative to Indesign but it’s an easy to use desktop publishing program as well. It includes several templates and an online template store. Its powerful multi-layer editor and detailed help files enable┬áus to design or print beautiful business cards, letterheads, postcards, flyers, labels and much more artwork, instantly.

Spring Publisher alternative to indesign

Canva

Price: Free. Pro plan costs $120 per user.

Online Tool

I saved the best for the last. This is the new tool that has captured the imagination of all amateur designers. Even though Canva does offer paid professional accounts, it is mainly used to amateur designers and artists.

Canva helps you make brochures, Facebook covers, web banners, posters and similar designs. It is incredibly easy to use and it’s free.

Canva is an online Indesign alternative

Adobe Framemaker

Price: $999

OS: Windows, Mac

This is a very very costly Indesign alternative. Adobe Framemaker is a publishing solution with the highest ROI for migration to XML. You may collaborate with the PDF-based round-trip reviews and manage your content with CMS integration.

The main plus point of Framemaker is that it works really great with right-to-left languages. Indesign doesn’t has this power.

Framemaker

QuarkXPress

Price: $849. Free Trial of 30 Days

OS: Windows, Mac

Quark is one of the world’s most powerful and most popular software for desktop publishing. It has been completely redesigned from the inside out and it delivers the stunning graphics with virtuoso productivity features and design canvas that accentuates your creativity. You may love the printout or live digital one, let yourself XPress your creation with QuarkXPress.

Swift Publisher

Price: $30. Free Trial of 30 Days

OS: Mac

This is an amateur’s friend. Do you need a sleek solution for designing and printing the┬áclub newsletters, the promotional fliers or social announcements etc., on your Mac? Swift Publisher can provide all the tools according to your needs for creating the effective materials to design the fliers, brochures, letterheads, menus, booklets and much more.

Swift

PageStream

Price $99. Free Trial of 30 Days

OS: Windows, Mac, Linux

This is another alternate to InDesign, a creative & feature-rich desktop publishing + page layout program, currently available for Windows, Macintosh OS X, Linux and Amiga. It’s pretty good-looking interface lets you design your pages interactively┬áas they are going to appear in your final product.

PageStream

LucidPress

Price: $192 per year. Free trial account available with limited features.

Online Tool

This relatively a new solution that has just entered the market. It is a new tool but it has become popular quite instantly. The tool offers various plans, including a free plan. The professional plan costs $192 per year while the basic plan costs $76 per year.

Lucid Press is an online Indesign alternative

Impression

Price: $60. Fully functional free trial for 90 days.

OS: Windows

This is a very very old fashioned tool. It was made to run on Windows 3.1 (yikes!) but I have used on Windows 8.1 and it is working fine.

Impression is a nice little tool if you want a minified Indesign alternative. The whole software weighs only 5 MBs.

impression

 

Microsoft Publisher

Price: $60 per year.

OS: Windows

This is one of the most sophisticated Indesign alternatives there are. But the thing about MS Publisher is that it is also liked by the newbies because its interface exactly the same as MS Office suite.

If you are just looking for a cheap but high-end alternative to Indesign, I don’t think you’ll find anything better than MS Publisher.

MicroSoft-Publisher

Passepartout

Price: Free

OS: Linux

Passepartout an open source, is a desktop publishing application for X Window System. Its focus is on making it easy for the user to create his publications with a flexible layout and its typical examples are magazines, leaflets and brochures. It does compile on the most of Unix-like operating systems, based on an idea of automatic typesetting for the streams of XML-based text documents.

Passepartout

Sarif PagePlus

Price: £90 ($141)

OS: Windows

This is one of the most popular solutions when it comes to Indesign alternative software. Some professionals even prefer it over the real Indesign. It. fulfills all your needs regarding a business-class digital publishing work and print a design, with no experience required.

You can also create the stylish promotional materials and the stationery as well as fully edit PDFs and publish an eBooks for iPad and Kindle. You can make interactive multimedia brochures too, and likewise.

Serif PagePlus

 

That’s it for tonight guys. If you know any other Indesign alternatives, please do comment and share your knowledge.

Thanks for being with us. See you tomorrow.

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  1. erik alstad April 30, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Thank You! ­čÖé ­čÖé

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