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Hi Charles,

charles meyer schrieb am 21-Sep-20 um 21:38:
My esteemed listmates,

I need to work on graphics on my personal laptop which does not have MS
Publisher on it. I can't work on graphics online so Office 365 is not an

What kind of graphics do you work on?

I thought I might use Libre Draw (sometimes Writer is good like
changing background colors) as a substitute for MS Publisher but it seems
to have its own methods/learning curve.

LibreOffice Draw is more like Corel Draw.

I don't see where you find Starbursts or thought balloons like one can in
Publisher. Is that possible in Draw?

Draw has a several kind of predefined shapes. Shapes similar to those known from MS Office are "custom shapes". You find them grouped in sublists in the Drawing toolbar or in the menu Shape > Insert or in the "Shapes" pane of the sidebar.

Besides these shapes you can use B├ęzier curves and path objects, primitive rectangles and ellipses, text boxes, connectors, measure lines and more complex objects like charts, math equations or tables. You can insert media, especially pictures in a lot of formats.

Draw is indeed a very rich tool.

Has anyone found a comparison chart of how to do a function in MS Publisher
-vs- how to do that same function in Libre Draw?

I've Googled it and not found any.

I don't know, what is possible in Publisher or Visio. But I guess, Draw is more like Visio.

What is not possible in Draw:
Linked text frames, so that content flows from one frame to the other.
Text wrap, so that a shape influence the text in another shape.
For that, you would need to use Writer.

After the wordprocessor battles were won by MS, MS released a chart for
former WordPerfect users displaying you how you used to do a function in
WordPerfect and how you do that same function in Word. Anything like that
for Draw?

MS Office has no module, which is comparable to Draw. Therefore such comparison cannot exist.

Or maybe there's a free (cheap), easy to learn and use (not GIMP) graphic
program you've found as a viable substitute for MS Publisher?

Scribus is free but has an equivalent learning curve to GIMP - and if you
don't use GIMP regularly it's onerous to recall how to do tasks.

All those applications are not "simple" and you have to learn, how to use them. You should start with a small project and ask if necessary. If there is a concrete problem it is easier to say, whether it is possible or not.

Do you have got files made by Publisher? In that case you can try, how well the import filter of Draw works for them.

Kind regards

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