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 also produce newsletters. These programs are for the Windows platform.

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Avanquest: Design & Print, Business Edition

Avanquest Design and Print, Business

Avanquest

What We Like
  • Great tools for small business.

  • Plenty of templates.

  • Familiar look and feel.

What We Don't Like
  • No trial.

  • Minimal layout tools.

  • Outdated interface.

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.

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Nova Development: Print Artist Platinum

Print Artist Platinum

Nova Development

What We Like
  • Focus on simplicity.

  • Loads of built-in graphics.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited support.

  • Few advanced features.

  • Internet connection required.

If you plan to print your newsletter on a color desktop printer, Print Artist has all kinds of templates for home, school, and business projects. It also creates PDF files and CD slideshows that play in a DVD player. Newsletter design-friendly features include the ability to link text boxes together (to flow text from one page to another), spellcheck, and dozens of photo cropping shapes. The fun features that dress up a newsletter design include the photo editor, thousands of graphics, and text effects.

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Broderbund: The Print Shop

Print Shop Professional

Broderbund

What We Like
  • Professional grade.

  • Tons of great tools and options.

  • User friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • Frequent lags.

  • Limited support.

  • Not ideal for detailed projects.

Newsletters are one type 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 into the software, a logo creator to create a newsletter nameplate, and text and layout options such as master pages, rulers, guides, kerning, widow and orphan control, and text alignment controls. In addition to desktop printing, it exports projects to PDF.

The Print Shop is available in both Deluxe and Professional variations. The Professional version contains extras, such as royalty-free images and templates that you can use for business.

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Scribus

Scribus
What We Like
  • Open source.

  • Full featured.

  • Professional quality.

What We Don't Like
  • Learning curve.

  • Limited support.

  • Can run slowly.

This professional-quality desktop publishing software is feature-rich and free. It does just about anything the expensive pro tools do, including serving as quality newsletter design software. Scribus is a good choice if you need professional printing. However, 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 and export, basic drawing tools, and other professional-level features. It works similar to Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with text frames, floating palettes, and pull-down menus — and without the hefty price tag.

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LibreOffice Draw

LibreOffice Draw
What We Like
  • Simple to use.

  • Open source.

  • Intuitive interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Not specifically for newsletters.

  • Learning curve.

  • Best for small-scale edits.

If you're looking for something simple and free to use, LibreOffice Draw is an excellent option. LibreOffice Draw is part of the popular open-source LibreOffice office suite for Windows, Mac, and Linux. When you install LibreOffice, you get Draw along with other office programs, including a word processor and slideshow program that make fantastic replacements for Word and PowerPoint.

LibreOffice is geared toward graphical office work, including charts and diagrams, but it's more than capable of quickly and easily creating newsletters. There are several free newsletter templates available for Draw.

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Lucidpress

Lucidpress

Lucidpress

What We Like
  • Cloud-based, accessible anywhere.

  • Designed for publishing.

  • Super simple to use and share.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited templates and graphics.

  • Can be glitchy.

  • Limited saving formats.

Lucidpress is a cloud-based option similar to the Google Apps suite. This design suite is available online with a subscription. It's designed primarily for desktop publishing and offers plenty of newsletter templates.

Like other cloud software, Lucidpress is accessible anywhere, and your work is saved online. The interface is geared toward simplicity, but this is a powerful program, and it intuitively empowers you to create some seriously fantastic newsletters.