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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by harveypooka, Aug 24, 2008.
Anyone know of any entry-level to intermediate DTP software?
MS Word does a pretty fair job at DTP itself
So does Pages
Of course there is InDesign CS3
What features are you looking for?
Woof, Woof - Dawg
It's for my Mother who really isn't all that computer literate. She's been writing a book about a local artist and wants to lay it out.
I've told her that it's a different thing to know what you want and then use a program to do it, but she still wants to give it a bash.
I've sent her the link for the demo of Quark but it'll likely be too much for her.
Quark is hardly entry level or even intermediate. It has a pretty steep learning curve (as does InDesign) unless you know a lot about what you are doing and have some experience. If she is not all that computer literate, then she is likely to be overwhelmed with Quark.
I would suggest she work in Word. It is highly unlikely she will need to do anything more than it is capable of doing. If cost is a factor, then check out something like AbiWord.
Woof, Woof - Dawg
Quark and InDesign are more advanced DTP applications.
For cost and ease of use, it's probably hard to beat Apple's Pages.
They have Pages so I'll tell her to try that.
Another option is Pagestream, which I've used a few times over the years. It's a lot cheaper than InDesign but fairly powerful. It's also fairly easy to pick up... I've known folks with little experience to do well using it.
In your quest... please don't overlook Scrivener...
Designed for use by writers of all kinds, Scrivener is a virtual writing studio that integrates the processes of outlining, storyboarding, research and writing. It's a notebook. It's an outliner. It's a cork notice-board. It's a ring-binder. It's a place to store and cross-reference your research. It's a basic word processor. From first idea to first draft:
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