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Quick guide to print strategy

The information in this section and the print tools provided on this website (Click here for more information) will help you plan, develop and publish a large-scale print project, such as a newspaper or book, or a one-off or smaller-scale project such as a poster, factsheet or brochure.

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Print communications can radically amplify your message, often for very little cost and effort. As simple as an eye-catching printed t-shirt, worn in the right place at the right time, or stretch to a monthly magazine with your key audiences in mind. Other formats we talk about include posters, fliers, newsletters, stickers and brochures for physical and online distribution.

It’s all about choosing the right format and planning ahead, making sure your project links clearly into your overall communications strategy.

In this section of Message in-a-box:

Scribus

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Version: 
1.3.3
Summary: 

Scribus is a page layout program. With Scribus, individuals, organizations and communities can create layouts for newsletters, bulletins, manuals, reports and/or any other printed material that require text and image layout.

License: 
GNU/GPL
content_windows_installer: 
http://voxel.dl.sourceforge.net/project/scribus/scribus/1.3.3.13/scribus-1.3.3.13-win32-install.exe
content_mac_installer: 
http://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/scribus-svn/1.3.5.rc3/Scribus_1.3.5SVN_RC3_010709.dmg/download
System Requirements: 

Operating System (OS)

  • Unix/Linux
  • Mac OSX Tiger/Leopard
  • Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003/Server 2008

Hardware (Minimum)

  • Pentium III or better/ 750Mhz or better processor
  • 256 MB memory (RAM) or higher
Usage Level: 
Moderate
Installation Level: 
Difficult
Languages: 
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dzongkha, English American, English Australian, English British, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, German Swiss, German Traditional, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portugese Brazilian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish Latin, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Welsh Please refer to the link below for language translation status: http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=transstats133
Documentation and Resources: 

Inkscape

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Version: 
0.46
Summary: 

Inkscape is a powerful and convenient drawing tool for the creation of logos and illustrations. It supports features such as shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape allows importing and exporting of most widely used graphics file formats.

License: 
GNU/GPL
content_windows_installer: 
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/inkscape/Inkscape-0.46.win32.exe
Linux installer: 
http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=2118
content_mac_installer: 
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/inkscape/Inkscape-0.46-3.TIGER.UNIVERSAL.dmg
System Requirements: 
  • Unix/Linux (Unofficial Package)
  • Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard
  • Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista
Usage Level: 
Moderate
Installation Level: 
Moderate
Languages: 
<p> English, German, French, Brazilian, Italian, Spanish, Nynorsk/Norwegian, Japanese, На русском/Russian, Slovenščina/Slovenian, slovenčina/Slovak, Vietnamese, 简体中文/Simplified Chinese </p>
Documentation and Resources: 

User Manual (Official, work in progress)

User Manual (Un-official, user contributed)

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Open Office

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Version: 
3.1.0
Summary: 

OpenOffice.org includes a word processor, spreadsheet application, presentation manager, and a drawing programme.  OpenOffice.org also works with a variety of file formats, including Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. 

License: 
GNU GPL
content_windows_installer: 
http://spout.ussg.indiana.edu/openoffice/stable/3.1.0/OOo_3.1.0_Win32Intel_install_wJRE_en-US.exe
Linux installer: 
http://download.openoffice.org/other.html
content_mac_installer: 
http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp/pub/openoffice/stable/3.1.0/OOo_3.1.0_MacOSXIntel_install_en-US.dmg
System Requirements: 

For Windows and Linux *

  • 128 Mbytes RAM
  • 200 Mbytes available disk space

For Mac OX X

  • Power Mac G3 400Mhz or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.3.x (10.3.5 recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.x
  • 256Mbytes RAM
  • 350Mbytes available disk space
  • X11 required.

* - Ubuntu linux comes with OpenOffice pre-installed.

Usage Level: 
Moderate
Installation Level: 
Easy
Languages: 
65 languages so far... watch this link http://projects.openoffice.org/native-lang.html - the translation page on the OpenOffice website for updates.
Documentation and Resources: 
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