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A scientific poster is usually printed on a huge paper format (A0 or A1) containing text but mainly figures that should present a scientific topic in a consolidated yet interesting and self-explaining way.

Several software packages can be used to produce a poster. The ones I have some experience with are Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Latex (beamer and tikz packages - this is a good starting point if you want to write a poster with latex). And I usually end up using Latex, thinking that there should be an easier way to create a scientific poster.

So, I'm wondering, is there a software that just does posters? Or what is the best option (software wise) to produce a scientific poster?

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I've used LibreOffice Impress as well as regular Powerpoint, where we've made stick templates of the appropriate size and orientation for students to put content into. This then gets output as PDF for the printers. Preparing the generic PPT is an effort but the consistency of output is well worth it.

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