Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Digital Publishing


Adobe is not the all in one creative solution leader as it used to be, At least since the Adobe Creative Cloud, a huge amount of graphic designers (me included) are looking for creative software alternatives that does not require us to work for someone for the rest of our professional lives. This is why I'm sharing my list of tested alternatives for graphic designers in need for desktop publishing software similar to Adobe InDesign.


Their description: iCalamus offers an easy approach to DTP, and is an excellent choice for creating simple posters to complex magazines, scientific works and for book publishing. iCalamus is the multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X.


 Lucid Press

Their description: Create stunning documents in less time than ever before. We've eliminated the frustration of traditional design and layout tools—make flyers, brochures, newsletters, magazines, and photo books without breaking a sweat.


Page Stream

Their description:PageStream is a full-featured desktop publishing program. It is suitable for all levels of publishing, from simple newsletters to color advertisements to technical books. With PageStream you can create letters, colorful schoolwork, presentations, business cards and any other type of document.


Quark Xpress

Their description: Creative expression requires the right tools and when it comes to professional results, details matter. QuarkXPress has been redesigned from the inside out to deliver stunning graphics, virtuoso productivity features and a design canvas to accentuate your creativity. So whether you love print or live digital, XPress Yourself with QuarkXPress.



Their description:Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux, BSD UNIX, Solaris, OpenIndiana, GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.

Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation.


Serif Page Plus

Their description: PagePlus is here to help your business, charity or personal venture stand out from the crowd. Create posters, flyers, business cards, save and edit PDF files, and much more. PagePlus is the most versatile and easy-to-use desktop publisher ever!


Spring Publisher

Their description: 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 cards, flyers, postcards, letterheads, labels and other artworks within a few minutes.


Swift Publisher

Their description:Do you need a sleek solution for designing and printing promotional fliers, club newsletters, social announcements, and similar documents? Then Swift Publisher, our desktop publishing app for Mac, can deliver.

Packing a streamlined interface and powerful layout and design tools, Swift Publisher provides all you need to create effective materials for your clients, partners, and friends. Fliers, brochures, letterheads, booklets, menus, and more, right on your Mac.


iStudio Publisher

Their description: iStudio Publisher is an easy-to-use page layout application for desktop publishing on Mac, perfect for designing anything you want to layout and print.


Pearl Mountain Publisher Plus

Their description: Publisher Plus is a powerful page layout application for desktop publishing on Mac. It empowers you to create stunning flyers, brochures, business cards, newsletters, adverts, reports, calendars, posters, booklets, etc. It is recommended to the "Best New Apps" on Mac App Store now.


At the End

Most self thought graphic designers will stick with Adobe solutions because of their way to think on how Adobe makes them look cool. But, at the end, the only truth I know is that "The software don't make good designers, but all the opposite". Which means that no matter which software you choose, if you truly are a good designer the result should be the same.

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