Posters are widely used in the academic community. Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion.
The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants can come and view the presentation and interact with the author.
It typically contains the same components as an academic paper, but modified for the different medium. This means:
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A popular, easy-to-use option. Available on all library computers. (More tips from the University of Alabama: Advice for creating a poster with PowerPoint).
Available on all library computers & offers improved layout and design functionality. Brock's Learning Services provides workshops & support.
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign:
Feature-rich professional software that is good for posters including lots of high-resolution images, but they are more complex and expensive. The Adobe CS4 Premium package is available on the Macintosh computers in the Computer Commons.
Open Source Alternatives:
OpenOffice in the free alternative to MS Office (Impress is its PowerPoint alternative). Inkscape and Gimp are alternatives to Adobe products. For charts and diagrams try Gliffy. A complete list of free graphics software.