Top Alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for Mac in 2020

Microsoft Publisher is a publishing application that was introduced by Microsoft in 1991 and is included in higher-end editions of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Publisher is different from Microsoft Word and the emphasis is placed on page layout and design. Like some of the Microsoft products, MS Publisher for Mac doesn’t exist, but the following are some of the best professional alternatives.

Some of the below tools are available for free and paid versions. They are suitable to create all types of Desktop Publishing materials on your Mac. It does the same job the MS Publisher does in Windows OS.

6 Top Alternative Apps to MS Publisher for Mac (macOS) in 2020

1) Pages

Pages is a word processing and desktop publishing application that was introduced by Apple in 2005 and is part of Apple’s iWork productivity suite. It allows users to create anything that’s possible with Microsoft Publisher and offers a large variety of professional-looking templates and layouts.

Pages is considered as one of the best alternatives for Mac users. Pages is compatible with Mac OS X and Apple iOS. Users don’t have to purchase the entire iWork productivity suite to get Pages, it can be purchased from the Mac App Store for $19.99.

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2) Swift Publisher

Swift Publisher is also a page layout and desktop publishing application which was developed by Belight Software and introduced in 2012. It can do more of the designing and publishing parts. It has a very user-friendly interface and doesn’t require a lot of learning. Just like Pages, Swift Publisher also offers a large variety of professional-looking templates.

Swift Publisher is connected with iPhoto and it can export documents in different formats, including PDF, JPEG, EPS, and TIFF. Swift Publisher offers tons of advanced page layout techniques and design tools including gradient fills, shadows and image tiling. With its easy to use interface and a large variety of templates, Swift Publisher is one of the best options for Mac users and available on Mac App Store for $19.99.

3) iStudio Publisher

iStudio Publisher is also a page layout and desktop publishing application which was developed by iStudio Software Limited and introduced in 2009 as an alternative to Microsoft Publisher for Mac OS X users. iStudio Publisher is a simple yet powerful application and produces very professional results. With the application, users also get video tutorials and a Quick Start Guide which makes it very easy to understand.

iStudio Publisher supports many different formats including AI, BMP, PDF, and PSD. With its simple user interface and professional results, any users can try the iStudio for their professional or education requirements. The latest version of iStudio Publisher can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $17.99.

4) Scribus

Scribus is another page layout and desktop publishing application which was developed by The Scribus Team in 2003. It is released under General Public License and available for Microsoft Windows and macOS as a free application.

It is a powerful professional application, which can compete with the likes of Microsoft Publisher and Pages. Even though the installation procedure is tricky as the users need to install additional components, Scribus is still one of the top options in this scenario.

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5) Adobe Creative Cloud

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Adobe leade the market when it comes to desktop publishing and designing. The Creative Cloud suite has the all tools that can work as MS Publisher alternative in Mac, in fact, these tools are much better than Publisher. If you are a professional designer or looking for a new career in this path, getting the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is the best option.

6) Lucidpress

It is an online-based publishing software. You should be able to use it on the Mac with any web browser easily. An extremely user-friendly tool with simple layout and navigation options. A simple drag and drop feature is available to make the designing and publishing interesting on Mac.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

2 thoughts on “Top Alternatives to Microsoft Publisher for Mac in 2020”

  1. Swift Publisher is the best I have tried. Swift is about twenty bucks but worth it. Scribus seems to have a deep learning curve and I just about get it then it starts crashing all the time so if I use it on Mac. I save it every time I add or adjust something which is a pain. iStudio publisher is good too but I think Swift is a little better. Just my opinion though. I tend to make forms and like magazines or instructionals that I want to print which Swift is better at, iStudio is more for advertisements and flyers, more something you would send to someone else to print. All three of them are good at what they do. I haven’t had any trouble with Scribus on Linux or Windows


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