Many free desktop publishing software downloads are fine for a specific job, such as labels or business cards, but they aren’t full-featured design tools. However, a few free programs for Windows have powerful publishing capabilities, including page layout, vector graphics, and image editing programs. The three listed here are some of our favorites.
What We Like
Familiar interface for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress users.
Available for Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD, and Unix.
Drawing tools more capable than other similar programs.
What We Don’t Like
Steep learning curve for those new to graphics programs.
No support for InDesign and QuarkXpress file formats.
Scribus is a free desktop publishing application with many of the features of pro packages. Scribus offers CMYK support, font embedding and subsetting, PDF creation, EPS import/export, basic drawing tools, and other professional-level features.
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