A downloadable zine maker for Windows and macOS

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The Electric Zine Maker (⚡️📝✂️) is a printshop and art tool for making zines.
This tool includes a drawing interface. You can import images, size and place, write text with any font that you have installed, smudge, paint, and a number of other options. You can also save your zines, and easily re-import them by dragging the saved zine folder back into the main menu. It is built with collaboration in mind.

The Electric Zine Maker has a new beautiful website where you can learn more about it! Click here to visit it.

macOS users that have trouble opening the Electric Zine Maker (the file keeps getting blocked), please read this guide for how to open it.

Windows users that have trouble saving their Zines (or other issues) please read this guide.

If you liked The Electric Zine Maker please consider paying for it so I can cover development costs and make money from it. Thank you kindly.

The Electric Zine Maker is still under development!!!
This is an early beta.
Be gentle! It has early beta feelings!!!  💔❤️!??

More art tools are being built for it.
There are a number of bugs. It is rough around a few edges.
You can read more about what is planned for it here.

The Electric Zine Maker is planned to be an "art toy". It's a playful tool with which you can create cute little things. The finished version will feature a silly little back-story, and other characters, maybe even some small game-like interactions to build a story around it, so that it's an all around playful piece of freeware.

Things planned:

* Many strange and interesting art-tools for the drawing interface
* Bugs need to be fixed and the UI's still need more work
* A back story, and little characters that reinforce the fictional universe it is placed in.
* A number of other art-tools (that are packaged with it), that allow you to create effects and glitch art for your zines.
* Clip art will be bundled with the Zine Maker so you have more art to work with.

Things from other devs:

* Jeremy Oduber made an html template for turning zines made with the Electric Zine Maker into a web ready html zine (web zines!). You can host those on itch. It's easy to use! Check it out: https://jeremyoduber.itch.io/js-zine

Kind Words:

"I think that just about everything Nathalie Lawhead makes is wonderfully energetic, raw, and approachable. Top of the charts, for me, is their Electric Zine Maker project, which makes single-page-zine creation a breeze."
- by Kat Brewster on Rock Paper Shotgun

"The arrival of this software into my life restored a sense of play to my creative practice and brought back a flame I thought had dimmed for good. It gave me the courage, too, to send scrappy, earnest writing to the people who wanted to read it, without the intense pressure of online publishing or the quick-fire takes of social media."
- by Sarah Maria Griffin on The Guardian

"What Lawhead and the Electric Zine Maker suggest is that seriousness is not always the best way to fight back against a system that doesn’t care about you; choosing lightness, lack of coherence, silliness and restful creation can be just as effective."
- by Nicole Froio on The Observer

Awards:

IndieCade - Innovation in Interaction Design Award ("Honoring the craftsmanship and innovation behind unique interaction, hardware, and system design")

The Webby Awards - Honoree in General Websites and Mobile Sites - Weird

Special Thanks To...

Clinic for Open-Source Arts, University of Denver

The STUDIO at CMU - OSSTA

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

WINDOWS_ElectricZineMaker_11_hotfix.zip 102 MB
WINDOWS_ElectricZineMaker_10.zip 89 MB
OSX_ElectricZineMaker_11_hotfix.zip 104 MB
OSX_ElectricZineMaker_10.zip 90 MB
OLD_RELEASES.zip 912 MB

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Love what you did with the page design. Mind share the codes?

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hi I just posted a zine i made with electric zine maker called adorations for apathy and another called corn is god. Thank you for the software and all your awesome creations (Everything is going to be ok was my introduction to your work, and lives not just on my desktop but also in my heart!)

Hey my friend is stuck, there's a pop up window and it's all grey and no way to get back to the zine maker (not even to force quit it). The popup window came from the image overlay tool. Any tips on how he should proceed?

Is adboe really needed to run the Zine maker?

No absolutely not required. What system are you on? Is this Windows??

Oh ok.  Iḿ using linux mint  : )

oh thank you! that's really good to know!! i JUST got a new Windows machine and plan on installing Linux so i can finally troubleshoot and get Linux users something that actually works.
thanks much for the answer.

whats a zine

thank u for making this! i've made a couple of cute zines with it and i keep telling other ppl to try it. i think it's important for zines to be fun to make and a normal image editor isn't much fun even if you don't have to wrestle with it as often (the wressling is also fun). un, thanks again :)

I like this game a lot :D only problem i have is about the colors. The colors kept changing every time i switched tools or something. Now i can't change the color back to black because now it's stuck as grey.

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I found out how to fix it :D very fun game i say :]
EDIT: Is this actually a game though?

The "better halftones" effect is a bit dangerous - it lets me choose values that lock up the CPU too easily right now!

When you try to export a pdf book of the normal accordion template the pages are all small. Is there any fix to this issue?

OK this is pretty amazing! Any chance at a couple more "retro" type features?

  • Cut around imported images with "scissors" with slight shadow effect to give the impression it was thrown through a copy machine ala 80's zines
  • Maybe a per-image "newspaper" filter (make image look like cut out newspaper)

Keep up the great work!

I got this error: application descriptor not found.

I am running this or trying to through WINE since the itchio desktop on linux integrates with it and everytime i try to launch it, I get that popup

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I made a zine with this back in November that I've recently put up on my profile! I love this program :)

omg

made my first zine with this :D its so fun!!!

I just uploaded my first ever zine made with this lovely program!! It's on my profile, and I can't wait to make more!! Lots of love 

Hi there! I recently discovered Electric Zine Maker and I fell in love at a first sight, so here I am, making my own zines.  You're more than welcome to take a look at my profile. T here is only one, but it's just the beginning. Thank you very much! :)

Javier

do you need adobe air for this to work :) since its just popped up saying it does :c

no you don't, this is a bug. are you using macOS?

Saving isn't working for me.  I'm on Windows.  It creates the myZine folder, but it's empty.  Exporting seems to work, though.

are you keeping the Electric Zine Maker app on your desktop?
can you try downloading this one and telling me if it's still broke (older version): https://gamejolt.com/games/zine/426661
i'm having a hard time recreating this on my Windows machine (it seems to work)

I figured it out, it was something to do with Avast antivirus.  Disabling that has made it work.  Sorry to bother you.

i think i just figured it out. let me know if this works...
if you are using Avast, then Avast blocks saving.
you need to add EZM as an exception. here is how: https://www.minitool.com/news/avast-add-exception.html
let me know if this works, thank you.

It's working since I added the exception. It's a cool piece of software, TY.

weee also swag game lmao

THIS IS SO SWAG

weeee

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To be hoest, I DONT UNDERSTAND  WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THE APP OR THE PAGE, but also, I LOVE IT  I LOVE IT REALY, its awsome!

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No REALLY I managed CREATE a z1n3 and actually COMPLETED it. I am proud of myself and sorrounded by the beautiful glitchy colors of this program. 

my antivirus keeps saying this is a threat but is it really?

No it's safe, you just have to add an exception to your anti-virus program

ah okay thanks

Alien is truly a CSS wizard

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cool

odd atmosphere, odd story, fun tool. man, i love this thing

Hello! I just tried to make an awesome zine but I wasn't able to save it :<<< it creates the folder, and then kind of closes my zine but never actually saves the content :(

what is happening please help aaaa

this is great! i can't use some features, like text, but it's super fun to use!

ah yes

i cant reply lmao

why am i floating

I love this. So much better than doing it by hand. I am working on making 8 page zines with an A4 'poster' on the back (ensuring poster content can deal with a cut through the middle). I would love to have a back page maker as part of this. If not that's fine I'll just join 2 PDF files together. Will pay after payday :)

help I'm floatinggg aaaaaaaaa

how did I end up here AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

omg this is so fun and collllllorfullaaaaaaaaaaaaa[

EVERYTIME I HOVER OVER SOMETHING IT BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS

Owwwwwww maaaaaaaaan

wish there was a linux version

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goku drip is drunk again

lol

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