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Traditional Desktop Publishing Tools

Sometimes you want to publish on paper or create PDF's, something other than a web page.

These tools are specifically designed to create free format publications, way beyond the traditional letter – things like newsletters, calendars, brochures, posters, charts and tickets.

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The LibreOffice office suite has the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing and desktop publishing tools.

LibreOffice Write can handle many desktop publishing tasks like newsletters and flyers. Write allows you to create documents using features like text frames and linking.

Draw is another part of LibreOffice and can be great for posters and banners. It includes an ability to import existing Microsoft Publisher documents, but the results are not always optimal.

LibreOffice is an updated version of Open Office. It is a free, Open Source product that runs on Windows, Macs and Linux computers and can be freely distributed. A good replacement for Microsoft Office, it's used by our webmaster for most publishing projects.

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Scribus is another free, Open Source program that runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux desktops. It has a steeper learning curve than LibreOffice Draw, but can create great results, especially with complex or multi-page, magazine or book length projects.

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Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher provides a great option for creating all types of printed material, from posters to magazines.

Your school may already have it, as it's included in many versions of Microsoft Office and in Office 365. Office 365 is available for free to students and teachers.

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