Monday, June 14, 2010
Free Tools: Open Source Desktop Publishing
In putting together our promotional materials we are going to need access to some publishing tools. These tools cost money but fortunately for us, there are Open Source tools available. Scribus is one such tool that we can use for everything from designing business cards to flyers to pamphlets.
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. It does take a little bit of effort to become familiar with these tools but once you do you will find that putting together promotional materials is a snap.