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    substitute for InDesign
    So, the place I work for won't spring for a license for InDesign for me since I'm only part time. Problem is, I need to make some decent looking PDFs. Anyone have any suggestions on any kind of open source or freeware program I can use to sub for InDesign?

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    I'm not familiar with InDesign, so I'm not positive that this is what you're looking for, but there are several free and/or cheap PDF generator programs that function as print drivers. You just print to it and it creates a PDF file. I use a free one called CreatePDF.
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    Alas, not what I'm looking for, but thank you for the help Michael.

    Let me clarify a little. I don't just need to save files as PDF. Adobe InDesign is a program which helps you layout things like newsletters, brochures, posters, etc. What I need is a program that can help with the layout.

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    If it's only one time use and for a short period try the adobe 30 day trial?

    Also, anyone at your company taking a college class, you get a substantial discount from Adobe.

    I know InDesign is pretty pricey but CS4 will be less expensive and it's a pretty comprehensive package.

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    Microsoft Publisher is similar.
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    http://www.scribus.net/ open source, on the Mac it uses X-windows, but I think the windows version is just an EXE install

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