Scribus: Free, Open Source Desktop Publishing Muscle

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Word processors have gotten so good at creating rich documents that many web workers never reach for a desktop publishing package. For creating really great looking documents, though, desktop publishing can give you many types of flexibililty and precision that word processors don’t offer. For a free, very robust desktop publishing application, consider Scribus.

Scribus is an open source desktop publishing application, and it’s available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. I don’t reach for it whenever I need to produce a basic looking document, but for logos, booklets, brochures, or just very eye-popping pages I do.

In Scribus, you’ll find most of the professional features you find in products such as InDesign.

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