I use Word now but I would like to find a better software for laying out a magazine.

In this magazine, I would like to create columns (2 or 3 depending on the page), insert image on 1, 2 or 3 columns (like in a newspaper), independent frames on 1, 2 or 3 columns with text inside, a header and a footer different for the left or right page, etc.

  • You are searching this magazine, or formatting it for publishing?
    – justkt
    Aug 3, 2011 at 15:06
  • Are you asking about software to use for making a magazine? Sorry, but your question isn't worded very well. Aug 3, 2011 at 15:22
  • Sorry for my english. I am looking for software to use for making a magazine.
    – Jonathan
    Aug 3, 2011 at 16:10
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    Word is not a desktop publishing program. Word is a word processing program. It is meant for long textual documents with minimal graphics. Aug 3, 2011 at 17:14
  • Jonathan asked this same question on GraphicDesignSE, where one of the mods reworded it for coherence. I have copied his edits here. Aug 3, 2011 at 18:06

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Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress. These are desktop publishing programs, which are designed to do exactly what you want to do (among many other things): lay out printed pieces like a magazine.

  • Thanks. I need this soft just for one document so I think I will use the QuarkXpress trial version.
    – Jonathan
    Aug 3, 2011 at 18:55

If you are looking for software to use for making a magazine, I would recommend Scribus. It is open source desktop publishing software that is free. I haven't used it myself, but I know a couple of people who use it for a newsletter, and they really like it.


And i would suggest Corel Draw. It helps really!

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    Can you please add details as to why you think is is useful? Sep 18, 2012 at 10:37
  • Of course I can. But I won't be able to provide the full details as I am still learning. So, goto their website or youtube 'how to use corel'. You'll get the idea. Sep 19, 2012 at 4:48

Try Xiosis Scribe. It has a free form layout which allows you to drag and re size paragraphs as you like. In addition to all the usual formatting features, it also keeps content separate from layout so your formatting won't affect the text.

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