Make Materials

This should be a gateway to a very complete array of tools, tips, tricks, suggestions, applications, or any resources that can help an Ubuntu spreader make a material.

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File Formats

Distribution Formats

SpreadUbuntu is restricted to several file formats. Those are:


In your works you can use these Ubuntu slogans, or create your own:

Ubuntu: Linux for Human Beings
Super charge your PC
Ubuntu: A new life for an old friend
Ubuntu is fast, easy, and free
It's time for a change
Ubuntu is fast, easy and used by millions
Ubuntu: the best OS you can't buy

Anyone can edit this page and add more slogans.


This page includes helpful open source software you may wish to use when creating materials for Ubuntu marketing materials.

Ubuntu/Linux Users

The best and most commonly used open source applications are installed for you already!

Windows Users

To edit many of the formats used on SpreadUbuntu, a free download of open source software may be required.

gz - odt - odg - odp - pdf - psd - svg - tar - xcf


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Commonly Used Formats: XCF, PSD, PNG, JPEG, GIF, PS, SVG, PDF, TIF


An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.

Commonly Used formats: SVG, PDF, AI, CDI, FIG, XAML, PNG, JPEG, TGA, TIF


7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

Packing and unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR
Common Unpacking only: CAB, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, MSI, RAR, RPM, UDF, Z is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

Commonly Used Formats: ODT, DOC, DOCX, ODP, PPT, PPTX, ODG, SVG


All software on this page is open source and free. If you enjoy this open source software, and others, download Ubuntu! Ubuntu comes with many of these programs pre-installed.

Other Useful Software

Some open source software may not be particularly useful for creating marketing materials, but may still be helpful.


Firefox delivers safe, easy web browsing. A familiar user interface, enhanced security features including protection from online identity theft, and integrated search let you get the most out of the web.


Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.


Blender is an integrated 3d suite for modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback (games).