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I would like to add to Barry's comments that while Word and Open Office
may work for a newsletter, they are not designed for page layout, and MS
Publisher is to inflexible to really get creative outside of their
templates. Before anyone gets in a tizzy....I'm not against Microsoft
products. However, very few printers will accept raw Publisher files
and those that do often turn them immediately into PDFs for processing.
FrameMaker is out of the question. It cost too much. It has a very
steep learning curve and it's designed for large (as in page number)
publishing projects, not newsletters. You need something that is
versatile, flexible and relatively inexpensive. I would pass on
PageMaker, because it's being phased out by Adobe. InDesign is my
choice. It can easily do newsletters and most publishing projects.
(I've done projects up to 200 pages with no problems.) It's also a
standard in most design houses which means you will have a better chance
of finding answers to your questions from your printer than you would if
you were using other programs.
Above all, keep in mind that these are our opinions. I would highly
suggest that the first thing you do is contact the printer (if you
intend to print your newsletter outside of your company). You may be
surprised how much time, money and headaches it will save you.
Hope this helps
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