You can use Writer, Draw, or both to create many of the documents that you can create in Publisher. I've seen people
recommend Scribus, but then list numerous disadvantages that make me skeptical of its suitability.
I would suggest using Writer's column, Frame, Section and Text Box features, along with its drawing tools, as a first approach for brochures and standard documents. Use Draw for items with more fixed dimensions, like postcards.
One of the most powerful features for switching from Publisher is linked frames. Writer allows you to link frames (Insert > Frame, then use the Frames toolbar that appears) to link one or more frames so that they flow together even when disconnected or on different pages.
Dig deeper on Enterprise applications for Linux
Related Q&A from Solveig Haugland
Our expert tells you how to use search to find strings in OpenOffice.org's Calc.continue reading
An office suite expert describes how to use ODBC with OpenOffice 2.0.continue reading
An office suite expert describes where to find information on OpenOffice 2.0's use in the enterprise worldwide.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.