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Open Source/Free Desktop Publishing Software

Other than open source office suite, like StarOffice, AbiWord, and OpenOffice, here are some other alternatives.


Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 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, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.



LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG).

LyX combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with the ease of use of a graphical interface. This results in world-class support for creation of mathematical content (via a fully integrated equation editor) and structured documents like academic articles, theses, and books. In addition, staples of scientific authoring such as reference list and index creation come standard. But you can also use LyX to create a letter or a novel or a theatre play or film script. A broad array of ready, well-designed document layouts are built in.



PagePlus is the software that enables you to create stunning documents for your home, school, business or club – no experience required!

With PagePlus you can create outstanding greetings cards, flyers and posters with easy-to-use Templates or create your own amazing designs for any occasions.

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