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    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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    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.

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    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...

    http://www.scribus.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutToLunch View Post
    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...

    http://www.scribus.net/
    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.
    Last edited by _Bat_; 24th February 2009 at 10:23 AM.

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    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!

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