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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 all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing and desktop publishing tools.

LibreOffice Write allows you to create documents like Microsoft Publisher, including text frames and linking. Write can handle many desktop publishing tasks like newsletters and flyers.

Draw is another part of LibreOffice and includes the ability to import your existing Publisher documents.

LibreOffice is an updated version of Open Office. It is a free, Open Source product that runs on Windows, Macs and Linux computers. A good replacement for Microsoft Office, 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

While not free, Publisher provides a great option for creating all types of printed material.

Your school may already have it, as it's included in high-end versions of Microsoft Office.

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