Office Software Thread, Free Desktop Publishing Software in Technical; A kid came round today telling me the Head of ICT said she could have a copy of Publisher to ...
23rd February 2009, 03:59 PM #1
Free Desktop Publishing Software
A kid came round today telling me the Head of ICT said she could have a copy of Publisher to install at home! Honestly, does copyright not mean anything to teachers?
Anyway, it was the first time I had a request for Publisher. Usually it is for Office and I point them to OpenOffice. However, it diesn't reakky come with a DTP application. There is Draw, but it can't open .pub files.
So, does anyone know of any Free DTP software that will support .pub documents?
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23rd February 2009, 04:03 PM #2
24th February 2009, 09:55 AM #3
Yeah I did notice that one, but I was looking for a specific freeware app. that provides free support and updates. After all Page Plus 5 is rather ancient now.
24th February 2009, 10:08 AM #4
Only decent free/up to date DTP is Scribus, but since the .pub format is proprietary there are no apps as far as I know that will import it - even paid for ones. MS don't even have a Publisher viewer available compared to the Excel/Word/Powerpoint ones...
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24th February 2009, 10:21 AM #5
Agreed. I spent months looking for a suitable open source DTP program a few years ago and this is the only one I came up with. Couldn't find anything that ported from pub files though, only forums full of people moaning that they wanted it. I also remember an article of the scribus site saying it was next to impossible to do it. Things may have changed though since I last looked.
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24th February 2009, 10:40 AM #6
Scribus is as close as you can get with a publisher clone, as for opening publisher files, I dont think anyone has managed to port it yet. When they do, I will be happy as it means we can finally open old publisher files and the kids can have there work back!
24th February 2009, 10:57 AM #7
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