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Old 01-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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What software can you recommend that is affordable and would serve the purpose of creating flashcards, brochures, flyers and other classroom materials?
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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Scribus is a capable DTP application, open source and free.
You will need an image editing application but as I don't use Mac I have no idea of what your options are, but I'm sure others do.

   
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GIMP is a capable image manipulation program which is open source and free. I don't have a mac but it works fine on Linux and Windows.

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For actual writing (don't use DTP for that) and/or database (which might be handy to organize your flashcards), presentations, and all your other 'office' needs, there is LibreOffice. Of course, also Free, Open Source Software. Read more about it at Wikipedia.

For plain text & code editing I can recommend Geany which is cross-platform, Free, Open Source Software, and very capable. More at Wikipedia.

   
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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While the others have given you good free, open source suggestions, there are some commercial possibilities. Apple's iWork package contains the applications Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Pages will let you do page layout/word processing, Numbers is a spreadsheet and Keynote will do presentations. For basic image manipulation there is Adobe Photoshop Elements. Microsoft used to sell a version of Office to educators for a greatly reduced price. Just some other alternatives.

   
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>> Microsoft used to sell a version of Office to educators for a greatly reduced price.

If you're a student or teacher, you can often get Office for next to nothing, depending on the kind of deal your institution has cut with MS. There's also a Home and Student version that's quite a bit less than the other versions.

Windows:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/home-and-student/
Mac:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products

They tend (at least on the Windows side) to push you into buying a little shop of horrors called Click To Run. Don't. Get the version that requires you to download a full installer (and ALWAYS opt for the CD/DVD, even if it costs a few bucks more).

   
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The full MS Office package, with Access and all, only cost me $12. Your institution may have different deals. Same deal for PC or Mac.
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Of course, if you get LibreOffice in stead, you could spend that $12 on something else for which there my not be a Free Open Source alternative yet.

   
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Pizza. There is no free open source pizza. Perhaps that should be open sauce.

   
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Cheesy, Bo. Really cheesy. Pestolential, even.

   
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