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Old 07-21-2004, 09:19 AM   #1
soujrnr
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Question Adobe Pagemaker equivalent for Linux


Hi all,

I own my own business and I create my own brochures, flyers, business cards, etc., in Adobe Pagemaker. Does anyone know if there is a Linux equivalent to this program or will this work with Wine? I don't have Wine and don't know how functional it is either.

Thanks. Have a great day.

Mike
 
Old 07-21-2004, 09:44 AM   #2
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Been using PageMaker myself since about version 3.0 or such. IMO
there is NO open source app that's even close to PageMaker. Try
Scribus and please let me know how it works for you. PageMaker
is the only reason I still have W2K and dual boot.

I've tried running PageMaker 7.0 under wine and it left a lot to be desired.
The two main things I remember were that I could not click the handlebar
when a text box went past the bottom guide and then drag it open in
another column; and I could not setup a printer. If you check out the site
Frank's Corner you'll get some good wine info, and he says 6.5
works under wine.

If you have different results with either one, I'd sure like to hear about
it. For now I'm using PageMaker in Windoze, but finally gave up trying
Scribus. I'm still d/l'ing their cvs and on the mailing list, but it needs a
lot of improving before I can call it a true DTP app. It doesn't even do
page imposition, but there are some other apps you can use with it to
do that.

I don't want to sound negative, and I'm helping Scribus along as I can,
for I despise Micro$loth and don't want their OS in my comp.
 
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Old 07-21-2004, 09:57 AM   #3
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Unhappy Thanks, Chinaman!

Your post is a big help. I didn't think there were any comparable apps to Pagemaker as it is such a powerful program and certainly not easy to emulate. I, like you, despise Windoze and don't want it on my system but since I networked my house and have about five computers, I may have to put a dedicated Windoze machine on my network just for Pagemaker and Illustrator. I also use GIMP but I'm still very fond of Photoshop because I am a photographer and have used it for years. GIMP is nice and I'm using it exclusively now but there are a few things that Photoshop has which would be nice to have in GIMP. Maybe I just haven't found enough plug-ins for it yet.

Thanks again. If I try Scribus, I'll post a message about how it worked for me. Chances are I'll be using Pagemaker because all of my files are already in that format and I'm not sure yet if Scribus will recognize them. I'll just have to see.

Good day!

Mike
 
Old 07-21-2004, 10:04 AM   #4
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Same here with GIMP and Photoshop. Have you found extract in GIMP?

Scribus will not open .pmd files. As for .p65 I don't know, but I doubt
it very seriously. They have a helpful mailing list, and are very fast on
the response, but it's just got a ways to go to compare. From what
others have told me, it's more like Quark, but I never used it, either.

There's a svg app called inkscape that's supposed to be like Illustrator,
and I d/led their newest version last night. It has a super easy installation
now, and you might want to try it.

I grew up in the printing industry, and the analogy with these apps to me
is like using Nikon's for 15 years and then having to adapt to a Brownie.
It's just not going to happen when the Nikon's still on the desk.

You can email me if there's something I can do to help. It's disappointing
that one app keeps me from removing the drive I've got Windoze on, but
today I just can't do it. I'm d/ling the latest wine tarball, and if I install it and
have any different results with PageMaker, I'll let you know.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 12:50 PM   #5
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Here is a very large list of GNU/Linux equivalents to Microsoft products.
http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml

Unfortunately, it doesn't have anything listed for AdobePagemaker, but this link can come in very handy when you least suspect it. I recommend you both bookmark it.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 04:57 PM   #6
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well, now...how did I do that?

Last edited by Bruce Hill; 07-21-2004 at 04:58 PM.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 04:57 PM   #7
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Looked at that list over a year ago. Someone should reformat it
so that it's at least more readable, and update it. Last year it was
out of date, and looks to be the same. Thanks for the post Sepero!
 
Old 07-21-2004, 06:27 PM   #8
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i also use PM 7 to build all of my flyers and what not for my small business. for a lot of the tools on basic, not the major higher end stuff, OO draw works ok as a competitive product to PM. PM is by far suppirior to Draw, but Draw will alow you to do a lot of the basic 1 or 2 page layouts that PM alows.

if you are doing a magazine type layout, or something to that extent, then stay with PM. nothing beats it IMHO.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 06:36 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by Lleb_KCir
i also use PM 7 to build all of my flyers and what not for my small business. for a lot of the tools on basic, not the major higher end stuff, OO draw works ok as a competitive product to PM. PM is by far suppirior to Draw, but Draw will alow you to do a lot of the basic 1 or 2 page layouts that PM alows.

if you are doing a magazine type layout, or something to that extent, then stay with PM. nothing beats it IMHO.
Have you converted any OO documents to pdf? If so, how does it compare
when printed vs. converting a PageMaker file to pdf in Windoze? And how
good is the compression? If I don't include the linked photos in a PageMaker
publication, Distiller will knock a > 20MB file down to ~ 1 MB for me.

The most important issue for me is a once-a-month newsletter with photos,
text, and some graphics. I always do it 4 pages 7 x 8.5 then impose it 2-up
saddle stitch with the Build Booklet plugin so that it's front and back of one
sheet of legal size paper. Scribus doesn't impose, and it also has many more
problems as a DTP app. But if I did this in OO (which also doesn't impose) as
two pages 14 x 8.5 it could then be converted and emailed for printing.

Care to share you experience?
 
  


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