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Scribus

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing program that can be used for a variety of purposes. Common products designed with the software include but are not limited to fliers, brochures, posters and newspapers. In utilizing WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) forms of page composition and layout, Scribus aims to compete with the likes of Adobe InDesign and QuaekXPress, both of which are its main commercial competitors. Support for the CMYK color model and Scalable Vector Graphics also help to establish its presence as a well-suited alternative to said programs for those on a tight budget. Though, for better or worse, it lacks support for proprietary file formats used by its competitors; users should still be content knowing that this is free software and, after all, it’s the final product that matters, and Scribus delivers on that with ability to export to PDF and various other print-ready formats used by the industry at large.

Scribd

December 22, 2008 Leave a comment

scribdThe wikipedia of document files, scribd has revolutionized the way we share and search for study/work information online. It’s a user-powered site that hosts more than 2 million documents, ranging from all topics and all forms of writing. Visitors to the site can easily navigate and find the information they are looking for in whatever document available. ¬†User accounts are provided free of charge, and once you have done registering, you can start publishing your work in a matter of seconds. A feature unique to this service, iPaper, ¬†makes it possible to upload and convert of all types of documents (MS office, OpenOffice.org as well as PDF files) into web-accessable pages. Whether you’re looking for something to read, or to publish that essay you’ve just done, Scribd makes it possible.

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