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

"Zines und OpenSource passen wunderbar zueinander, findet Nathalie Lawhead und entwickelt seit 2018 den Electric Zine Maker. Nun ist ein großes Update für das Printshop-Tool erschienen."
-by Lena Simonis on PAGE

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

Partly funded by the Queer Games Bundle

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

WINDOWS_ElectricZineMaker_12.zip 179 MB
OSX_ElectricZineMaker_12.zip 182 MB
WINDOWS_ElectricZineMaker_11_hotfix.zip 102 MB
OSX_ElectricZineMaker_11_hotfix.zip 104 MB
OLD_VERSIONS.zip 1 GB

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I made a weird tool that works with EZM to create a zine at the click of a button and then I made some zines, enjoy <3

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edit: the program gets stuck once i try to edit a page

this is for all of my fellow linux users.

1. install bottles (a flatpak application for dealing with wine

2. make an application bottle and go into the dependencies section and install aairruntime

3. and that should be it

https://rosehiprequiem.itch.io/femurge-mini

Made this zine in 4 hours this afternoon! Thanks for the phenomenal software, I love designing and making zines so much. I can tell this is gonna be my new hobby.

Hi, I have tried using a bunch of different printers and printing options, but the zines I print always end up being slightly smaller and not filling the page. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks, and amazing software!

Hey there! Make sure to print your zine as "Actual Size" or "100%", that fixed my issue (which was exactly the same)

Alright, thanks!

https://katfish-studios3.itch.io/azine made this in an hour. i really like it

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I made a fanzine thanks to this wonderful program! Thank you so much!

My Sonic Adventure (A Fanzine) by PixelsBykris (itch.io)

I made another one! (honestly, I don't see myself getting bored of this any time soon)

yay! this is wonderful. thanks for sharing it. i added it to the “made in ezm” collection ☺️

It's lovely! <3

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this is an excellent tool!! killer aesthetics and such a thoughtful concept! gonna have to play around with the art tools but for now i did assemble my first zine with it and the HTML5 reader https://corpse-becoming-foxes.itch.io/slumbers00 thanks for making :D

Thank you for making this <3
Here's a zine I made with it and then another one.

I really appreciate you and your work :)

Can I add new fonts to it?

Sounds COOL! Also, this stray cat I found is cute :P

This is one of my favorite programs ever! I've been using it on Windows for awhile but, I was wondering if there is ever going to be a linux realease?

You're so amazing to make this. Can't wait to try!

omg..... i strongly believe the universe guided me here <3

I LOVE THIS ZINE MAKER!! extremely fun and weird, i love figuring everything out as i go. also here is my very first electric zine (i was figuring things out as i went)
https://anhundred.itch.io/haves-have-not

I love the Electric Zine Maker so much. Is there any way to rotate panels to be horizontal, or is that a possible feature to be included in the future?

This tool is very useful and fun to use!

Btw if you're planning to add more templates then there's Pocketfold- a zine template by Matt Kay, It's on itch.io too!

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y u no linux?

Hi! This tool is amazing! But I have trouble using it on mac, the "e" key toggles the emoji keyboard and the "d" keyboard toggles dictation. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

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I had SOOO much fun messing with this tool and I can't wait to try out more with it :)

Here's my first zine about fish:
https://supposedly-spooky.itch.io/here-fishy-fishy-volume-1-issue-1

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i absolutely love this program, but i'm struggling with the limitation on sizes... any chance of templates for simple bifold-and-staple books using multiple sheets of paper? these little guys aren't as readable as i'd like for some things with more text. maybe an 8 page one and a 16 page one for starters? i honestly want to use this for layout on everything, it's so much more intuitive than fancy design programs.

I would like to also put my vote in for this zine format! I am using "pro" programs to make these and miss out on all of the features and nice experience of EZM. I love EZM so much! (Also please add in zine-wide font remembering to save me clicks)

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this program sparks immense joy and reminds me of how fun. theinternet used to be when I was eight

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i made one!!! its not rlly good but idk here https://claudialeffie.itch.io/is-dracula-a-furry-garbage-academy-vol1

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Thanks to you, I made my very first zine! I wasn't in time for the 2nd jam, but I finished it!  Your program is truly wonderful and magical! <3

https://bubblyoasis.itch.io/you-can-make-games-zine-01

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I think Igor needs help… What do we do? D:

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obsessed w this. any chance we may get a mod eintended for single larger images, because i LOOOVE using this to make effects and backgrounds for my illustrations

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I actually never thought of that before lol. That's a good suggestion. I'll note it down in the (very long) to-do list.
Thank you! I'm happy you like it that much!!

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This is really cool! I'm excited something like this exists in this day and age. It's been fun to use and I'm looking forward to posting something done in it! Thanks for making this!

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I've made one before but the new tools are amazing. Reminds me of WarioWare DIY or KIDPIX https://netlitura.itch.io/chartam-zine can you add it to the collection? 

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that zine is beautiful! i love the glitch art. yes i added it. thank u for sharing!!

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Thank you so much!!!!

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heyyy i made a zine w EZM! heres the link if ur wanting to add it to the collection :3 https://arieswizard.itch.io/instructions

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thank you! i did!

Hi! I made a zine with your cool EZM maker: https://eggbiskit.itch.io/plight-of-pierrot. Could you please add it to your collection? Thanks!

@alienmelon can you upload my newest zine to your EZM collection please? it is here:  https://slut4socialism.itch.io/ez-zine 

i think the zine doesn't support romanian diacritics (special characters). otherwise, fantastic work !!

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I absolutely adore this program. I got it in a bundle and since then new templates have been added and it's just wonderful. I do have a request. Is there a way to make a seizure-safe version of this? I enjoy the animated deep-fried pixel art aesthetic but some friends of mine who would make GREAT zines probably can't safely look at these graphics. But I want to be able to share this with them because it is SO GOOD

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Hi! I love Electric Zine Maker! Thank you for creating it. <3
Here is a zine I made using EZM.
One thing I noticed is that the zines appear inverted when viewed in safari. Is anyone else experiencing this issue? 
Thanks again!

Hi there! I made a new zine using EZM. Would you mind please adding it to your collection? Thanks very much!

Hi there! Here is another new zine I made. Would you mind please adding it to your collection? Thanks again.

yes ive noticed this too - have to use google chrome for everyhting. also cant figure out how to change the template to 16 pages rather than 8!! do we do that by inspecting element???

Hey! I made a zine with EZM and was wondering if you could add it to your list! Thank you and I love the software! link

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Will there be a Linux version? I just recently switched to Linux and I'd love to keep using this!

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following this!  +1

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I want to make a zine abt queer love really hoping for a linux version <3

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!)

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