Indesign Alternative

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Big Shisha, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Big Shisha macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Does anyone know of a cheaper Indesign alternative?
    I need to design a football matchday programme for the coming season.

  2. bbeers macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2007
    I wouldn't necessarily call it cheaper, but the only other decent Desktop Publishing program i would look at would be Quark Xpress and at $850 not really cheap either.

    I have heard people using Microsoft Publisher or Apple Pages, but I would really call either a true Desktop Publishing program either.
  3. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Here is a list of alternatives to InDesign. The closest thing to InDesign is Quark Xpress, but will cost you just as much as ID. Check out the list I posted and see if anything on the list will work for you.

    Have you considered subscribing to InDesign CC for the period of time you need it? At $20/mth it may be the cheaper alternative and then you have all the tools to do the job.

    Wish I could have been of more help to you.
  4. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
  5. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    If you're a student, teacher, or employee of an educational institution, there's a good chance you'll qualify for educational pricing. For example, with Adobe CC, it's $30/month instead of $50/month. Not sure what the discount would be for Quark. but usually it's at least 60% off the MSRP.

    iWork can also be used for some rudimentary page design.

    Good luck!
  6. tacotester1 macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2013
    if it's a small program brochure (a couple pages) where u don't have tons of pages
    and multiple repeated character and paragraph styles.
    u could make in photoshop
    or illustrator

    ive made books with indesign and small programs but
    usually i just use photohsop for smaller projects
    it seems quicker setup for me.

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