What is the best open source alternative to indesign

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I need a reliable open source alternative to indesign.
It will need to be able to import, export and edit indesign files
Needs to run on Vista!!!
Question by:freymish
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    Assisted Solution

    The best thing I can find is Scribus:

    It looks good but I think you may need more than what it can offer.  Here are some so-so reviews:
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    Author Comment

    I saw that but to my knowledge it can't import export and edit indesign files can it?
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    Accepted Solution

    Nope, I don't think it can.  Even, which has an import filter for just about everything, can't read InDesign.
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    Expert Comment

    Scribus is my recommendation as well. Far more powerful publishing tool than anything in Openoffice. Probably somewhat more powerful than Microsoft Publisher, but not in league with Indesign yet.
    I don't know of any DTP application other than Indesign that will allow you much flexibility with Indesign files.
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    Expert Comment

    There is no open source alternative to Adobe InDesign that can use the native InDesign file format.  Same goes for Quark Xpress, Aldus (now Adobe) PageMaker, Ventura Publisher, Multi-Ad Creator, et al.

    Perhaps you can attack it from another angle:  What are your needs for design software?
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    Author Comment

    I needed to edit a template created in Indesign seeing as there was nothing that really worked I ended up downloading a trail of Indesign and exporting the template.

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