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Old 09-19-2007, 09:06 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by RJ Emery View Post
What commercially available DTP programs exist that would be as good if not better than MS Publisher?
What sort of material do you intend to produce? How will it be printed — on your desktop printer, or by a commercial ink-on-paper printer? Will you need to exchange files with others?

So far as I know there is no DTP program that is weaker or less capable than MS Publisher.

The high-end software — used to produce newspapers, magazines, and books — is extremely capable, and expensive. It may be more than you need. This category includes Adobe InDesign and PageMaker (now virtually obsolete) as well as QuarkXPress. These are expensive and you may not need all their power.

Other packages that might work:

Serif PagePlus is a popular step up from MS Publisher. It has ardent fans, a few of which visit here at least occasionally.

Ventura Publisher (now called Corel Ventura 10) has always been a favorite with users, and it is very capable, once competitive with PageMaker. Then it went through changes of ownership and lost steam. But I still know people who swear by it.

PageStream 5.0 started out on Atari, then came out with a Mac version, and today is also available for Windows and Linux. It is a very capable program, at a fairly small price.

The open source program Scribus is gaining interest, and we have a couple of users here on the forum.

There are a few others, but that list should get you started. If you answer those questions I posed at the beginning of this message, we may be able to give you more focused advice.

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