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Old 05-30-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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creating technical posters: alternative to scribus?

Hi all,

In creating A0-sized posters for engineering research projects I have in the past used PowerPoint (difficult) and Corel Draw (better, but often unintuitive). I love LaTeX for its flexibility and ease of creating technical content, but do not find it conceptually "optimal" for creating posters. I've been using Debian this year and when I searched for a program to create posters, apt-cache turned out scribus. (The ease of finding and installing software is one thing that makes Debian so very fun to use.)

Does anyone have experience with this program in making technical documents, and would/can you recommend a different (open-source) program? It would be a shame to invest much time in exploring scribus if there is an obvious alternative that I've missed.

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Lyx is another document preparation system.
Old 05-30-2006, 10:43 AM   #3
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Good point. Creating a poster might be the first incentive that would convince me to try Lyx -- so far it has always seemed to me that a GUI tends just to get in the way. But as I mentioned, LaTeX seems to me to not be the right concept for a poster. If I had time I'd do it both ways to compare, but for now I intend to stick to a through-and-through wysiwyg program.
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I am not clear just what "posters for engineering projects" should look like, but I have found inkscape, a vector graphics (& text) drawing program to be seriously useful, interesting and fun.

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I mentioned "engineering projects" because there is potentially the need for technical information, such as equations. Inkscape looks like quite a capable program. Now maybe I need to go read a review or two.

Thanks all, TH.


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