What are some differences between Scribus and Indesign?


I recently heard that scribus is a good free alternative option to Indesign. I recently opened Scribus up, and none of it makes any sense, and it doesn't look like it'd be a good fit for what I want to do. What are some pros and cons for each?

9/16/2014 6:53:00 PM

I'd say if you're just starting out without having existing InDesign files, and customers/colleagues working with InDesign, Scribus could be good. But for more serious work, you run into its limitations pretty quick.

Scribus pros:

  • Free
  • Available for Linux and other OS's
  • With that, you can theoretically collaborate with anyone

Scribus major cons:

  • Much less advanced typography capabilites
  • Lacking documentation and community/knowledgebase is much smaller
  • Cumbersome and rather slow UI
  • Can't open or write INDD files
  • Doesn't support Pantone colors
  • Requires scripts to do many things InDesign does natively, like Data Merge
9/16/2014 9:08:00 PM