Introduction to Desktop Publishing (DTP)
The term Desktop Publishing (-or DTP for short) covers a broad range of activities. In it's widest sense, it can mean anything concerned with creating a printed document on a desktop PC.
Desktop Publishing [is] anything where you need precise control over the position of text and/or graphics on the printed page
However, most simple documents can be handled by a Word Processor and do not require the more advanced facilities of a dedicated DTP application and so we normally refer to Desktop Publishing as anything where you need precise control of the position of text and/or graphics on the printed page. Typical DTP candidates include:
- Books containing diagrams
- Advertising Flyers
- Anything that requires multi-column output
One of the most popular desktop publishing applications for Linux is called Scribus. Scribus is a fairly intuitive way of creating professional-looking documents quickly and is available via the Software Centre of most Linux distros.
To install Scribus, open up your Software Centre and search for the string "scribus":
Once installed, you can start Scribus by searching for it in your installed applications list and clicking on it's icon :