For those that need an easy to use online publishing software, Lucidpress is a good alternative to professional DTP software. Especially for schools, universities and other educational institutions, Lucidpress offers a simple publishing solution that works on both Mac and PC. It's definitely not suitable for professional publishing and complex layouts though.
Marq claims to be used by over 8 million users including large enterprises such as John Hopkins, Fidelity and EMI Health.
What Is Marq Used For?
Marq can be used for any kind of online or offline publication but is particularly popular with school districts for educational purposes and non-profits for making things like flyers, newsletters and other publicity.
This is partly because Marq is one of the few publishing apps to be integrated with G Suite and Classroom.
Since it’s cloud based, Marq works on any computer including those that don’t have the specs to run Adobe InDesign or Creative Cloud.
This also makes Marq popular with charities, non-profits and businesses that need to create newsletters, brochures, reports, presentations and more.
Some of the features that stand out in Marq are:
An easy to use interface
Drag and drop functionality
Full text control
Easy collaboration and sharing with colleagues
Great for brand building
InDesign import tool
If you’re using it for branding, Marq is very good at making sure your brand logo and other features are standardized across publicity material.
Marq allows you to drag and drop textboxes and images, crop images, choose different fonts and upload your own.
You can drag and drop logos, symbols and other branding and Marq always ensures that everything is in proportion.
As well as all the standard templates for magazines, books, flyers, postcards and more, you can also create interactive online documents. You can also insert multimedia into your content such as YouTube videos.
There’s no lack of professional DTP tools in Marq including layers, advanced text controls, text box reflowing, typesetting features and a decent choice of templates.
One of the things we like about Marq products is that they make it very easy to collaborate with others on projects.
So it’s very easy for an editorial team to work on the same document wherever they are in the world. Collaborators can chat, make edits and leave comments in the main interface.
Everything you create is saved on Marq’s servers so there’s no risk of losing anything but you can also save to Dropbox.
For schools, there’s useful integration with G Suite and Clasrooms.
Is Marq Really Free?
The free version of Marq is very basic and limited to three pages and three documents so it’s not suitable for professional use.
You can always use the free version of Marq to put together a sample document and then subscribe if you’re happy with the results.
However, if you’re a student or educator, Marq is free to use with an Educational Account.
If you’re looking for a free desktop publishing software, we also suggest looking at Scribus.
Is Marq Compatible With Publisher?
Marq cannot import Microsoft Publisher .pub files but you can export to PDF and other formats which can be imported into Publisher.
If you need to regularly import and export MS Publisher files though, then Marq isn’t a good idea.