I work for a small non-profit that is about to have a major re-brand. Our design team will be producing new templates that we send to supporters including over 4,000 sponsors. We need to be able to edit both images and text from the templates. Obviously purchasing InDesign for all our staff is not a viable option and it seems like a waste of time for our designer to copy and paste photos and text using InDesign. What I'd love is for our designers to be able to create a template with places assigned for photos and editable text sections. The teams should then be able to drag and drop photos and make the edits to the text, save as PDF and email. Is there any software (free or inexpensive) that we could do this in?
Use Word with proper styles created. When you get the Word file back, place into an InDesign template with properly mapped styles.
Beyond that, you could use InCopy but that would require a subscription for each user.