Desktop Publishers

Desktop publisher are those who create various documents using the page layout skills on a desktop or a personal computer or even on a laptop. A compared to traditional printing and typography, software is used for desktop publishing to generate high quality text and images. This incorporates use of various typefaces, margins, graphs, embedded illustrations and justifications directly into text. A few years back, this was unaffordable. But with the fall in the prices of personal computers, use of desktop publishing has become very popular for producing brochures, newsletter, books and other documents. A few desktop publishers widely used in regular usage are Quarkxpress, Adobe Framemaker, Adobe PageMaker, Corel Ventura, Serif Pageplus X2 etc.
 
Tips on choosing a desktop publisher:
Desktop Publishers
  • Know your desktop publishing needs. Simple works like small business publishing, home furnishings or other focused needs, you can install software that will assist in handling all these particular needs. High end desktop publishing software will only be too expensive for your sub-par results.
  • If you are not a professional, consider software which simple to use. Otherwise, you can opt for something that would not have a steep learning curve.
  • First install a trial version which is absolutely free and judge your capability before finally making your purchase.
  • Keep your budget in mind while making your purchase. If you aren’t running a business and just needs a publisher for regular and sub-par use, you can opt for some software that not only caters to all your needs but also is also pocket friendly.
  • Read the application guide book before start working on the software.  
Advantages of desktop publisher:
  • When professionals work with desktop publisher, they are able to produce materials like menus to magazines and even books without the expense of commercial printing.
  • This provides more control over layout, designs, typography etc than word processing.
  • It also allows to insert graphics created by other programs and also gives more control over typographical characteristics like kerning and also supports colored output.
  • It displays an illustration of the document that will finally be printed.

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