Adobe Desktop Publishing
Adobe Desktop Publishing
software - Any time that you are choosing desktop publishing
software, you will be faced with numerous choices, and without
hesitation, you should choose those that will give you a
first-rate presentation. For this purpose, I recommend Adobe
products. You will pay a bit more, but the results
are definitely worth it.
Aside from the quality of the
output, using a single manufacturer like Adobe means that you will
have the ability to integrate various components. In other
words, they understand each other, and this means not having to
convert various files to common formats before they can be moved
from one application to another. If you use multiple
manufacturers, you will have to save all your graphics files to
non-Adobe formats such as .gif, .jpeg, .tif, or .bmp files and
then import them to the other application.
Adobe publishing software is
known to generally set the standard, and most other software
manufacturers try to but generally fail to reproduce both the
product and interfaces that Adobe has initiated.
Photoshop is the premier
graphics application, used by millions of graphics professionals
all over the world. You can get it for your PC or your Mac,
and you will find that while it's not WordArt, the interface is
very easy to use, and you can be as basic or complex as you
want. Regardless of your level of sophistication with
graphics applications, Adobe Photoshop will give you quality
results. And then when you do want to get fancier, you
already have the product that will get you there. If you buy
something cheaper, you will end up purchasing and having to learn
a second application.
In the tradition of Adobe, the
interfaces are fairly traditional and user friendly. Adobe
Pagemaker is the tool that you will use to actually make your
document. For the sake of the Pagemaker newbie, Adobe
includes multiple templates that you are welcome to simply place
your images and words in, and get the job done easy and fast.
If you've owned a computer for
more than a week, you've probably run into PDF files that are read
with a standard free product that is included with most computers
that are purchased now called Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe
Acrobat Reader is different than Adobe Acrobat in that you
can only read a PDF file, you cannot create one or modify
one. And Adobe Acrobat is anything but free.
With Adobe Acrobat, you can
create a PDF file out of just about anything that you have on your
computer including Pagemaker files, MS Word and PowerPoint files,
and anything that you see through your browser. And it's
easy! Once installed, you simply choose
File>>Print>> and then choose Acrobat Distiller from
your drop down box of available printers. You can either
choose the default settings, or hit the properties key and just
like with your printer, choose other settings. Acrobat does
the rest and you merely tell it where to save the file.
The very best thing about the
ability to create your own PDF files is that they are universally
useable on any computer. You can email them, print them, or
even save them to CD and take them down to your local Kinko's and
have them printed there.
All in all, these Adobe products
are the best that you can buy and they won't break the bank.
But choose to buy them online and not from Adobe themselves.
You will pay a lot less. Just be careful of the place where
you do buy them that it is a reputable outfit and not someone
selling pirated software that they've burned for you.
Typical software pricing (boxed
software - not downloaded):