Am looking for free software to design magazine covers and pages (magazine pages with rich color and images). I searched web and found this - https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/3144/software-recommendations-for-magazine-layout . But I can't handle such great software packages and they are not free either.

So suggest me a free tool with maximum functionality to design magazine covers and pages. It should run on any version of Windows including server versions, should be easy to use and should have a nice UI.

  • "need to have as many as features possible" is a bit vague (and might tempt people to vote your question closed for being "too broad"). What are your must-have features? On what OS must it be able to run – or would you also consider web-apps?
    – Izzy
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 6:45
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    Adding a bounty is good, but answering questions from @Izzy would get you even better attention...
    – holroy
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:58
  • Have you looked at Scribus? Does it have what you want, and if not what is missing?
    – holroy
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 22:08
  • @holroy No. It is not up to my expectations. Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 1:34
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    How is it not up to your expectations? You're asking for recommendations but don't specify/clarify what you need. How are we supposed to help you then?
    – holroy
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 8:26

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Serif has a Free Desktop Publishing application called PagePlus.
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  • Stunning stationery is so simple
  • Easy drag and drop designing
  • Layouts in a couple of clicks
  • Precise and easy design tools
  • Versatile desktop publishing
  • Help is always on hand
  • Simple to use and great support
  • Clean UI
  • Runs on any version of Windows
  • That's only the "starter edition" for free. What limitations does it have compared to the full version?
    – vclaw
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 2:52
  • @vclaw This chart compares PagePlus Starter Edition to the PagePlus Full Version, serif.com/pageplus/starteredition/whyupgrade
    – Tom
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 14:51

the one software that comes in my mind is Scribus:

  • cross platform
  • F(L)OSS software
  • supports RGB, CMYK and spot colors
  • shipped with almost 200 color palettes, and almost 400 more for download in the next stable version
  • PDF/X-3 specification

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