This week’s freeware is for those who live online but also sometimes need to put together press releases or flyers for the offline world. A good piece of desktop publishing software is hard to find, but I believe I have found one in Scribus.
Scribus is an open source DTP program that is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. It has all the features you’d expect, including separations, colour management, support for more graphic file formats and font embedding. Page elements can be repeated across large documents, and there is also support for features such as tables of content.
To make things even better, Scribus also supports imports from OpenOffice, and also offers the opportunity of exporting documents as PDF files. The only niggle I have is that the way graphics are handled may intimidate newbies more accustomed to Microsoft Publish. You also need to install the Ghostscript 8.6+ rendering engine before installing Scribus, but this is a quick and painless operation that doesn’t cause any problems.
Scribus is a powerful DTP solution that is totally free to use, and should take up no more than 20 MB on your hard drive. So if you’ve been looking for a free desktop publishing program, download Scribus today and start putting together some stylish documents.
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