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Old 09-19-2007, 10:26 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by George View Post
Have you ever compared the type appearance between these programs -- I mean like letter spacing. Are there significant differences??
If you use a well-spaced font and avoid justification, all should do. It is when you need to finesse the spacing that the strength of the high-end packages shows up.

I know PageMaker, InDesign, and XPress fairly well. I have reviewed PageStream, once, probably a decade ago. I thought it was pretty good at the time, even compared to the better-known programs, but there was no professional version and it was a long time ago.

PagePlus and Ventura do not run on Macs, so while I have certainly seen output from them (particularly Ventura), I have little idea of how easy it was to set good type.

I keep meaning to check out Scribus, but haven’t had the time. Howard White and a few others here use it, and would be better people to ask about typographic quality.

Or maybe we could get people to make controlled specimen paragraphs in all these programs so we could get printable PDFs for comparison purposes. No special settings, just flush left/rag right and justified samples using the programs’ default settings.

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