InDesign works on Windows and Mac. To use it, you need to have a subscription to Creative Cloud. That can cost you $20.99 every month for a single app—or $52.99 per month for the whole Adobe suite. InDesign is a desktop publisher which works best for users with advanced skills, so expect a steep learning curve. It’s a popular choice for creating print and digital designs. InDesign’s proprietary format is .indd, though you can export to formats like .swf and .epub.
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Best indesign alternatives
Although there are many alternatives to InDesign, we encourage you to skip complicated, costly software and design platforms. Marq offers you the most comprehensive InDesign alternative on the market, and you can get started for free right now.
QuarkXPress is available for Windows and Mac. It doesn’t come cheap; you have to pay $849 to use it. Due to this price tag and its robust feature set, QuarkXpress is best for people with intermediate to advanced design skills. The software also comes with features not seen in other desktop publishers. QuarkXpress is able to handle most file formats.
Microsoft Publisher only works with Windows. You’ll have to pay $109.99 to use it—or $99.99 annually with Office 365. Though it has a high price tag, it’s an excellent platform to use for beginners. That simplicity does come with a caveat, since it’s not a great choice for professionals. Publisher focuses mainly on page design and layout. Its proprietary file format .pub can be exported to other formats.
Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing software that works on any operating system and is completely free. Some of its unique features include storing data in XML format, so it can be read with any text editor. Scribus is also known for having wide selection of color pallets.
Canva is an online design tool best used for creating social media graphics. Canva offers both free and paid plans at $12.95/month. With a simple, drag-and-drop functionality and thousands of templates, Canva is a popular InDesign alternative for non-designers. While great for simple graphics, Canva has limited desktop publishing capabilities to layout multi-page documents.