I spent the day exploring a free, open source desktop publishing program. The two industry standards are InDesign and Quark, both pricey. InDesign has gone to a cloud based subscription plan and Quark is almost $1,000. Scribus is free, and experienced Scribus users promise the program is comparable. Find more about Scribus here.
So far it’s been slow going. I started out missing a crucial piece of the download process so my image imports were buggy. After I figured that out, I saved my painfully slow progress, closed and reopened to a much smoother program. After that it went faster and I rebuilt the Panhandle Focus banner.
Theoretically, if I become proficient in Scribus I can rebuild all my publishing templates and then share them. Because the program is free and open source, I could teach someone else to use them. Theoretically, they would probably buy me a coffee or lunch to say thanks ;)
But first, I need to keep working with this. Anyone else have any experience with Scribus?