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Basically, I need a Pagemaker or Quark program without all the expense.
I have found one Open Source software for Linux called Scribus [atlantictechsolutions.com] but I'd really prefer Mac or Windows.
Does anyone know of any?
I'm not using OSX yet, so I can't vouch for it, but they do the 30 day download trial thing.
[edited by: mivox at 6:38 pm (utc) on Dec. 31, 2002]
Mind you, I'm a code monkey who opens up a word processor once every few months, reluctantly. My 'productivity' apps are e-mail client, web browser, text editor, and compiler. Everything I "publish" is web content.
Of course, that was back when PageMaker and FreeHand were both owned by the same company (Aldus), and WordPerfect still ruled the word processing universe.... things have changed in the eons since then.
Generally speaking, a modern word processing program will do everything most people need done. But if you need to produce professional printed materials, a desktop publishing program gives you the extra nit-picky tools required to get the job done properly.
I don't know what platforms it's available for, but LyX might be an option for some such needs as well. It's supposed to be a front-end for LaTeX, which I've never used. Six years ago LyX was too confusing for me when I tried to use it as a word processor, and I haven't used it since, but if it has advanced half as far as the rest of the Free desktop has since then, it might be pretty impressive.
You shouldnīt use Computer Modern fonts. They are really ugly. But you can use any PostScript fonts you want to.
comparable to that of the worldīs finest printers
Indeed, TeX and LaTeX are used by many of those self-same printers. And I know that if you want to publish in any of the journals of the American Mathematical Society, you better submit the article in some form of TeX, preferably AMS TeX.
My reasons for not having used it are purely that I have no need of something in that niche. I turned in hand-written math homework, and never had something worth publishing.
Rob compiled that a couple of years ago, but MAN it was not intuitive at all. Steep learning curve as I remember.