Open Source Alternative to InDesign

Adobe InDesignAdobe InDesign is a versatile desktop publishing application produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books. InDesign can also publish content suitable for tablet devices in conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Graphic designers and production artists are the principal users, creating and laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media.

InDesign’s features include publishing for multiple devices, print publishing, integration with other adobe apps, automation, liquid & alternate layout, extensibility and more. But like most of Adobe’s software, InDesign is priced very high at 699$.

So, here we provide you with some free and open source alternatives to InDesign.

1) Scribus  Available for Microsoft Windows  Available for Mac OS X  Available for Linux

Scribus - Open Source Alternative to InDesignScribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application, released under the GNU General Public License as free software. It is based on the free Qt toolkit, therefore native versions are available for Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and OS/2. It has a number of page layout features and competes with leading commercial applications such as Adobe PageMaker, PagePlus, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher. It supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and Spot Color support, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation.

Scribus is designed for layout, typesetting and 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. It is considered to be the only serious alternative to Adobe InDesign.

The latest version of Scribus is 1.4.3.

Click here to download Scribus

2) Lucidpress (Bonus)  Available for Web

Lucidpress - Open Source Alternative to InDesignLucidpress is a free web-based page layout and digital publishing software application produced by Lucid Software Inc. Built on web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript, Lucidpress is supported in all modern web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 8+.

Lucidpress includes 75 templates for creating paper or digital newsletters, brochures, annual reports, flyers, pamphlets, etc. Also included are collaboration features: document sharing, real-time chat. It can be used to create printed or digital campaigns. It is fully integrated with Google Drive and Google Apps. You can also import images from Flickr, Facebook and Dropbox.

Click here to visit Lucidpress website

3) SpringPublisher (Bonus)  Available for Microsoft Windows

SpringPublisher - Open Source Alternative to InDesignSpringPublisher is an easy to use desktop publishing software. With its included various templates and online template store, powerful multi-layer editor, detailed help-files, it enables you to design and print business cards, flyers, postcards, letterheads, labels and other artworks within a few minutes.

The software has two versions – free version and paid pro version which costs about 24$ at this time. The free version lacks some features like high resolution output, micro perforated paper support and downloadable templates. Moreover, the free version is only available for non-commercial use.

The latest version of SpringPublisher is 4.0.

Click here to download SpringPublisher

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1 Response

  1. Craig says:

    It would be great if there were more open-source alternatives, but Scribus seems about it. I’m open to other free (non-open source) apps. I recently was introduced to Lucidpress which seems relatively impressive so far. It’s online and allows collaboration which is perfect for my workflow. We’ll see how it goes.

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