Forum Newsletter Template?

#1
Is there such a thing as a Template for a Forum/E-Mailed Newsletter that anyone can use but simply change all the articles and details?
 
#3
Have you thought about using Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign and designing your own custom template? You'd be able to save the document as a PDF for easy distribution electronically. Word is a word processor and not really suited to page layout. A typical newsletter design workflow would involve entering the text into Word and importing it into a page layout program to turn the text into 'type'.

Alternatively, there is a free open source page layout program called Scribus, with which you can custom design templates, IIRC.

http://www.scribus.net/
 
#5
Contrarian said:
Have you thought about using Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign and designing your own custom template?
Have you though about the implications of recommending some of the most complex and expensive software on the planet to someone who can't even use google?

msr
 
#6
msr said:
Contrarian said:
Have you thought about using Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign and designing your own custom template?
Have you though about the implications of recommending some of the most complex and expensive software on the planet to someone who can't even use google?

msr
ooooooh you bitch 8O
 
#7
msr said:
Contrarian said:
Have you thought about using Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign and designing your own custom template?
Have you though about the implications of recommending some of the most complex and expensive software on the planet to someone who can't even use google?

msr
Indeed I did. I didn't post to offer help, just to be able to imagine the meltdown that could ensue. :wink:

Seriously, though, they are not that complex. The real issue is having the ability to design well. Someone who understands visual communication will produce better results in Word than someone with no grounding in design will in Quark.
 
#8
Contrarian said:
msr said:
Contrarian said:
Have you thought about using Quark Xpress or Adobe Indesign and designing your own custom template?
Have you though about the implications of recommending some of the most complex and expensive software on the planet to someone who can't even use google?

msr
Indeed I did. I didn't post to offer help, just to be able to imagine the meltdown that could ensue. :wink:

Seriously, though, they are not that complex. The real issue is having the ability to design well. Someone who understands visual communication will produce better results in Word than someone with no grounding in design will in Quark.
Amen to that Contrarian!

...and as long as a student can be located and plied with enough WKD, the educational discounts on software can make InDesign at least quite accessible. (linkette)

As king of the computing world, msr, I'd thought you'd know that.
 
#9
I'd go with scribus, which is free.

An engineering student was riding across campus on a shiny new bike. He ran into a friend of his who said "Wow, that's a great bike! Where did you get it?"

"Well, the strangest thing happened" said the first student."A girl came riding up to me and got off the bike, threw off all her clothes, and said I could have anything I wanted!"

"Wow," remarked his friend. "That's great! Good move, her clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."
 
#10
stickybomb said:
...and as long as a student can be located and plied with enough WKD, the educational discounts on software can make InDesign at least quite accessible. (linkette)
Be careful, since I have an idea that you may have to activate the educational versions (which are exactly the same as the full commercial versions features wise) from behind an educational establishment's firewall, or using an establishment's Adobe account.
 
#11
Contrarian said:
stickybomb said:
...and as long as a student can be located and plied with enough WKD, the educational discounts on software can make InDesign at least quite accessible. (linkette)
Be careful, since I have an idea that you may have to activate the educational versions (which are exactly the same as the full commercial versions features wise) from behind an educational establishment's firewall, or using an establishment's Adobe account.
If you have kids at school, it is all perfectly legal and above board. The most I ever had to do was reply to a message sent to an academic account and fax a copy of a student union card to Macromedia. I think it has got even simpler since then.
 
#12
In fact this is what the website has to say...

software4students said:
Who is eligible to purchase Adobe Products?
Full or part-time students enrolled at a university or college, or students enrolled full-time in a secondary school.

What do I have to do to prove I am eligible?
You will receive a boxed product which contains an authorisation form. Students must return this form to Adobe and provide a valid, current student ID that includes name, date, and a photo. If you do not have a current student ID with your name, date and photo, you must instead provide and valid photo ID and evidence of current enrolment.
Kids at school = legal discount.
 
#13
stickybomb said:
In fact this is what the website has to say...

software4students said:
Who is eligible to purchase Adobe Products?
Full or part-time students enrolled at a university or college, or students enrolled full-time in a secondary school.

What do I have to do to prove I am eligible?
You will receive a boxed product which contains an authorisation form. Students must return this form to Adobe and provide a valid, current student ID that includes name, date, and a photo. If you do not have a current student ID with your name, date and photo, you must instead provide and valid photo ID and evidence of current enrolment.
Kids at school = legal discount.
For them and only for the time they are still at school / college / uni
 
#14
msr said:
stickybomb said:
In fact this is what the website has to say...

software4students said:
Who is eligible to purchase Adobe Products?
Full or part-time students enrolled at a university or college, or students enrolled full-time in a secondary school.

What do I have to do to prove I am eligible?
You will receive a boxed product which contains an authorisation form. Students must return this form to Adobe and provide a valid, current student ID that includes name, date, and a photo. If you do not have a current student ID with your name, date and photo, you must instead provide and valid photo ID and evidence of current enrolment.
Kids at school = legal discount.
For them and only for the time they are still at school / college / uni
You having an off day, msr?
Will my software still belong to me when I leave school or college?
Yes, the license offered to you by Adobe is a perpetual license and does not expire when you cease to be a student. You can still use the products for non-commercial use after you graduate or leave college.
In my experience, no checks are ever made as to which machine it is installed on, nor who is using it. I have authorised and de-authorised such a package three times on different machines with nary a peep from Adobe.
But I expect you know different.
 
#15
msr said:
I'd go with scribus, which is free.

An engineering student was riding across campus on a shiny new bike. He ran into a friend of his who said "Wow, that's a great bike! Where did you get it?"

"Well, the strangest thing happened" said the first student."A girl came riding up to me and got off the bike, threw off all her clothes, and said I could have anything I wanted!"

"Wow," remarked his friend. "That's great! Good move, her clothes probably wouldn't have fit you anyway."
Great story, msr. It's a pity you got it off some Septic site, though. The past tense/past participle of "to fit" in Septic English is "fit", while in Bridsch English it's "fitted".

Come to think of it; what does your joke actually have to do with the subject of the thread? Or have I missed something obvious?

MsG
 
#16
stickybomb said:
In my experience, no checks are ever made as to which machine it is installed on, nor who is using it. I have authorised and de-authorised such a package three times on different machines with nary a peep from Adobe.
But I expect you know different.
For personal, non-profit, use I would encourage people to go the educational license route.

However, for anything remotely commercial I would strongly recommend either shelling out for commercial licenses or going the Open Source route, to avoid the peril of being prosecuted for software theft. The Adobe educational license clearly states that commercial use is forbidden. While the chances of getting caught are slim (someone would need to grass on you or you'd need to be unlucky), this is Adobe and they are serious about licensing and copyright.

Edited to add: Adobe do offer charitable licenses at the same cost as the Educational licenses.
 

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