Best alternatives to indesign

almost 3 years ago from , UI Designer

I've just been stung by adobe when I tried to cancel my membership and I was hit with a $150 fee. They deserve to go under in my opinion. Their products are fantastic but they have show nothing but greediness, dark tricks and terrible customer support for years. Their profits exceed $1bil.

Anyway, which is the best indesign alternative in your opinion?


  • Ray SensebachRay Sensebach, almost 3 years ago

    Maybe buy an old version of InDesign that doesn't require the Creative Cloud subscription? Not sure there's much out there that could be better than InDesign (right now) when it comes to print.

    3 points
  • Ale XAle X, almost 3 years ago

    I've been using Scribus for quite some time. Anything you can do in InDesign, you can do in Scribus. It just takes a day or two to learn how to use it. Youtube tutorials help a lot.

    1 point
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, almost 3 years ago

    Lucidpress is like a web-based inDesign. It's very powerful, though I still prefer inDesign.

    1 point
  • Matt WillettMatt Willett, almost 3 years ago

    I am anxiously waiting for Affinity Publisher, Keep an eye out for it.

    QuarkXPress was a pretty good product at one point, still sort of is — but took a backseat to InDesign and lost most of the market. If you're in a bind, I would suggest taking a look at Quark to see if it's a suitable gap-filler until Affinity Publisher is available.

    1 point
  • Joshua Pease, almost 3 years ago

    A surprisingly solid option is Mac Pages. Their newer versions took away some features. But both the older & newer versions can put together some great layouts.

    Obviously it's not as full featured as InDesign, but it's a good option if you aren't making massively complex documents.

    1 point
  • Valerii Riazanov, over 1 year ago

    You may have a look at [Swift Publisher](www.swiftpublisher.com). It's less powerful, but enough for most tasks. It's Mac only, however.

    0 points
  • Weston VierreggerWeston Vierregger, almost 3 years ago

    Just as an FYI: you got hit with the cancellation fee because you signed up for CC with a 1 year commitment (and lower monthly price). If you took the slightly more expensive monthly option, you wouldn't have to pay extra to cancel.

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, almost 3 years ago

    Thes is an open source alternative. Scribus

    I tried it a couple of times, especially when working for clients that do not have the ability to run In Design, like volunteer organizations. But never got the hang of it to really use it for full production.

    0 points
  • Saul SutcherSaul Sutcher, almost 3 years ago

    I recently did a full coffee table book in Sketch. Definitely not indesign, but was probably a lot faster in the end.

    0 points
  • Mariusz OstrowskiMariusz Ostrowski, almost 3 years ago

    Probably Affinity Publisher. In future :) Message from devs published on Affinity forum - "Affinity Publisher in currently in development but we don't have a release date. The earliest would be the end of 2017."

    0 points