Best Desktop Publishing Software

Desktop publishing software can turn copy and media files into publishable layouts, for things such as newspapers, magazines, brochures, flyers, and books. Completed layouts can be uploaded onto a website or exported and printed onto paper or similar materials. Users can use prepackaged templates or build pages from scratch, and edit individual pages to meet the needs of each projects. Desktop publishing tools may integrate with drawing or photo editing tools, and are commonly used by the editorial and layout staff within an organization. Completed layouts can be uploaded onto a website or exported and printed onto paper or similar materials.

To qualify for inclusion in the Desktop Publishing category, a product must:

  • Provide templates for constructing layouts of publishable materials (e.g. newspapers, flyers)
  • Offer tools for refining layouts, such as detailed rulers, text wrapping, and photo layering
  • Enable files to be uploaded online or printed using external printers onto ordered pages

Desktop Publishing Software Grid® Overview

The best Desktop Publishing Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: MadCap Flare, PDFelement, and The Print Shop
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: QuarkXPress, Adobe FrameMaker, and iBooks Author
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Scribus
G2 Crowd Grid® for Desktop Publishing
High Performers
Adobe indesign
Madcap flare
Adobe framemaker
Microsoft publisher
Ibooks author
The print shop
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