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Publisher equivalent with OOo?

Postby delaneyrenee » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:53 am

I am trying to create a magazine, on my old laptop I was using microsoft office, publisher. Is there a way to create a fullsize magazine within openoffice? I'd appreciate any help I can get, I am behind on my deadline as it is.

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Re: publisher

Postby acknak » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:27 am

It's possible, certainly, but not easy. I wouldn't recommend it if you're only familiar with MS Office and already behind schedule. Switching to different software can only lead to more delay and frustration.
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Re: publisher

Postby keme » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:55 am

If you haven't previously had MS Office installed on your computer, you can download a 60 day trial of the MS Office suite (note that of the compilations listed on that page, only "professional" has Publisher). That trial will hopefully help you to complete your current issue within reasonable time.
Not sure how it works if you've had a previous MSO version on your system, but if you had 2007 or 2010 trial preinstalled when you got it, I guess the trial will display an "immediate expire". Workarounds may exist, but that's beyond the scope of this forum, and also beyond my capacity at the moment.

While your trial is still functional, consider converting all your archived publisher material to PDF/A or some other future proof storage format.

When you get your head above water again, consider changing to other software. I have no deeper knowledge of DTP software, but as far as I have tried Scribus it has the functions I need, and it is reasonably user friendly. You don't get all the help and guidance that the Publisher wizards provide, but once you have your templates properly set up, it's an efficient tool.

If you still want to use OOo, I'd use Writer for publications, and perhaps Draw for posters and single sheet brochures.
Draw is page oriented, so in some senses it's more like a proper DTP application. However, it lacks some important functions which are useful for larger documents.
With Writer, use frames for all your content. Note that Writer is oriented towards text flow, so if you change size of content/objects, other objects in your file may jump around quite a bit as Writer tries to "reflow".
Note also that text wrap is only functional within each frame. If you have a graphic that goes outside the anchoring frame, you need to make extra measures to have outside text (text in other frames) wrap properly.
Column formatting within a frame is usually better than linking frames side by side when you need to make columns.
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Re: Publisher equivalent with OOo?

Postby jrkrideau » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:16 pm

delaneyrenee wrote:I am trying to create a magazine, on my old laptop I was using microsoft office, publisher. Is there a way to create a fullsize magazine within openoffice? I'd appreciate any help I can get, I am behind on my deadline as it is.

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You can do it but it probably is not the best approach. I've seen a couple of amazing productions using Writer but it really is a case of using the wrong tool for the job.

Generally speaking the recommendation here is to use Scribus . I have never used it myself so this is all hear-say.
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