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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by SLC LLC, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. SLC  LLC

    SLC LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 668

    I read all of these posts and have also looked on gopher graphics website about some different flyers, door hangers, etc. But does anyone know of nay good, somewhat inexpensive software that can be used to create some of these. Also, where would a person find the paper to print a door hanger or do you just have them printed by a company?

    Thanks for the help. A New B here finding valuable information.
  2. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    You can buy the door hanger blanks but it would be easier to just hav e them printed. As for the desktop publishing software look around the web and see if you can find an opensource one for free. There may not be many out there. You may want to pay someone to make those up as well. What speciffically did you not like about Gophers? If you were thinking going multi-color and eally professional looking I've seen a few posts now that say it makes no differnce so don't get overly carried away.
  3. PxPx

    PxPx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    sourceforge.net has a whole bunch of open source programs. You might want to try there.
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

  5. Team Gopher

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    Can you use your Microsoft paint program to edit the free flyers as well?

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  6. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    Holy cow! I must be computer stupid. I went to that site and have no flippin idea what any of that is.
  7. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Most are works in progress. There are other ones out there with literally thousands of programs to try. It gets mind boggling after awhile. Is there any particular type of program you wanted 29 palms?
  8. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    No. I just didn't really know what an open source program was, so I figured I'd take a peek. Bad idea! :dizzy:

  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    all open source means is that the code can be viewed by anyone and changed however you want. Firefox is like that. Closed source is proprietary. The programs on SourgeForge are works in progress. There are complete apps that you can download already done without looking at the code it just lets you know that option is available. Pretty geeky still but changing.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    We use a desktop publisher called "Printshop, Propublisher" by Broderbund and a clip art catalog by Nova called "Art Explosion" with over 600,000 clip art choices. I believe the total of both was less than $500. With this we can do anything. I use them to do ads and fliers, cards, news letters, and anything I wish to print. Use a color laser printer and the print will not run when wet. You can get paper of any type at Staples or even bring a disk to a printers and have them run something if you don't have the equipment. Saves on set up charges. Your possibilities are endless.

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