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xp_newbie
August 26th, 2008, 01:39 AM
Is there a program/software/application that knows how to generate diplomas?

Ideally this program should be able to generate diplomas given command line input, but if a GUI-only such program exists, that's good too.

I know there are plenty such for Windows. Is there one for Linux?

Thanks,
Alex

tamoneya
August 26th, 2008, 01:40 AM
what format do you want these in. If you just need to print them off I would just do a merge in open office.

xp_newbie
August 26th, 2008, 01:59 AM
what format do you want these in. If you just need to print them off I would just do a merge in open office.
Any format will do. :)

I know how to do a merge in open office, but for the life of me I can't find any template for open office that would ease that task. I don't want to spend days creating the artwork from scratch. I know some programs for Windows that would automatically generate those intricate borders for certificates, diplomas, awards, etc.

Do you know whether there is a dipoloma/award/certificate template for open office?

dominiquec
August 26th, 2008, 02:10 AM
Last June I had to print out over a hundred certificates for a recital. I looked for templates on the Net but didn't find any that I really liked. I decided to make my own using Inkscape.

I printed out a hundred copies of the standard template on my color printer. Then I ran those blank certificates through a laser printer using my mail merge data.

A little kludgy, I know, but it worked for me.

xp_newbie
August 26th, 2008, 02:18 AM
Last June I had to print out over a hundred certificates for a recital. I looked for templates on the Net but didn't find any that I really liked. I decided to make my own using Inkscape.

InkScape will do, too. :)

But I don't know how involved that is. If it takes 1-2 hours, I can live with that. But if it takes days, I'd rather find some solution that will do that for me automagically.

How does one go about creating those intricate certificate borders in InkScape?

dominiquec
August 26th, 2008, 04:02 AM
I took the short route and skipped borders altogether. My only nod to art was using Freebooter Script for the font. Coupled with classy-looking cardstock paper, it came out pretty well.

If you want borders, though, you can make them in Inkscape. How much time it takes really depends how complex the borders will be and on your skill with the tool.

Simple multi-line borders should be pretty quick given Inkscape's options. If you want something curvy, use the Bezier tools, then duplicate, mirror, copy, paste, etc.

You can also do a Google search for "certificate borders" for some ideas.

BloGTK
August 26th, 2008, 04:08 AM
You can buy a pre-made border for a couple of bucks at a stock photo site - I use iStockPhoto, but others will do.

Alternately, office supply stores sell diploma/certificate paper - it looks nicer than what a printer would output, and as long as you have to buy cardstock, you might as well buy something with a pre-printed border.

Crafty Kisses
August 26th, 2008, 06:00 AM
What kind of Diplomas are we talking about here?

jorarome
May 9th, 2009, 11:19 PM
We are members of the Grupo Linux de la Universidad del Cauca - GLUC (http://gluc.unicauca.edu.co) and together with the Polux Group organised in late April 2008, the Libre/Free Software Installation Festival FLISOL 2008 (http://www.flisol.info/FLISOL2008/Colombia/Popayan) in the city of PopayŠn (Colombia), We had to certify the attendant or presence of many people, so we were searching in Internet for applications that help us with this work, we noticed that exist very few free tools, until we reached the site of footprint (https://footprint.dev.java.net/), which we found interesting, and we implement it and we test it with excellent results, we use it to deliver via email a digital certificate to our assistants and saved us a long time.

Footprint (https://footprint.dev.java.net/) is a distributor of conference participation certificates, signed PDF documents that prove you attended a conference or a course or an event.

We recomended this tool, we have published a short article about our experience with footprint in Spanish on our site:
http://gluc.unicauca.edu.co/wiki/index.php/Footprint_Gestor_Certificados_Digitales (http://gluc.unicauca.edu.co/wiki/index.php/Footprint_Gestor_Certificados_Digitales)