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Newsletter Design Software for Windows

Create Newsletters For Home, School, or Office on Your PC

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Find newsletter design software for all skill levels and price ranges. These programs are in addition to professional desktop publishing software programs such as Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, and Serif PagePlus which are also quite capable of producing newsletters. These programs are for the Windows platform.

Avanquest: Design & Print, Business Edition

Design & Print Box shot from Avanquest Software
Design & Print Box shot from Avanquest Software

Aimed at businesses, Design & Print features templates for business cards, brochures, newsletters and other common business documents. Includes Print to PDF, text art, image effects, fonts, address book, and mail merge. 

Design & Print, Business Edition Version 6 for Windows

Avanquest/Nova Development: Print Artist

Print Artist Platinum 22
Print Artist Platinum 22 - Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

If you'll be printing your newsletter to a color desktop printer, Print Artist has all kinds of templates for home, school, and business projects. It can also create PDF files and CD Slide Shows to play in a DVD player. Among the newsletter design friendly features are the ability to link text boxes together (good for flowing text from one page to another), spell-check, and dozens of photo cropping shapes. The fun features for dressing up your newsletter designs include the photo editor, thousands of graphics, and the text effects.

Print Artist Platinum 23 and Print Artist Gold 23 for Windows.

Broderbund: The Print Shop

The Print Shop Deluxe 23 © Broderbund
The Print Shop Deluxe 23 © Broderbund

Newsletters are just one kind of template among the thousands of projects for home, school, and office found in The Print Shop. Some of the newsletter design software features include the advanced photo editing tools built in to the software, a Logo Creator you can use to create a great newsletter nameplate, and a fair sprinkling of text and layout options such as master pages, rulers, guides, kerning, widow & orphan control, and text alignment controls. In addition to desktop printing, it exports projects to PDF. The 2.0 series is newer than the 23 series but not necessarily an upgrade. It is a very different program with the same name. Check the features carefully when comparing the various versions of The Print Shop.

The Print Shop 23.1 Pro Publisher DeluxeThe Print Shop 23.1 DeluxeThe Print Shop 2.0 Professional,The Print Shop 2.0 DeluxeThe Print Shop 2.0, plus specialty editions for business cards, invoices, etc.

 

Spectrum Software: EZ Photo Newsletter Creator

EZ Photo Newsletter Creator Screen snip from Spectrum Software
EZ Photo Newsletter Creator Screen snip from Spectrum Software

Want something super simple? Choose from a dozen templates, type in some text, add your own photos then you can choose to print or email the completed newsletter to people in the built-in contact list. It'll even do the envelopes for mailing. There's a free trial version too. Purchase for download or order a CD from Spectrum Software.

EZ Photo Newsletter Creator Software for Windows

Cristallight: Desktop Publisher Pro

Desktop Publisher Pro
Desktop Publisher Pro - Image courtesy Metis International

Here's low-cost ($20) newsletter design software. It may not have all the fun extras but it does handle the text layout requirements of newsletters, has basic graphics tools, and lots of text effects for creating a newsletter nameplate and decorative headlines for newsletters, fliers, and other desktop publishing projects. And it may be a little easier to learn to use than some more powerful programs.

Desktop Publisher Pro v. 1.4.4 for Windows

Scribus (scribus.net)

Scribus
Scribus - Screenshot from scribus.net

This professional-quality desktop publishing software defies the old saying that "you get what you pay for" because it's feature-rich and free. It does just about anything the much more expensive pro tools do, including serving as quality newsletter design software. A good choice if you need professional printing, it doesn't have all the fun extras like graphics, fonts, and tons of templates. Scribus offers CMYK support, font embedding and sub-setting, PDF creation, EPS import/export, basic drawing tools, and other professional level features. It works in a fashion similar to Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with text frames, floating palettes, and pull-down menus -- and without the hefty price tag.

Scribus 1.3+ for Windows (and Mac, Linux)

 Overview of Scribus (About.com Linux)

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