Entry level DTP?

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  1. harveypooka macrumors 65816

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    Anyone know of any entry-level to intermediate DTP software?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    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 [​IMG]
     
  3. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    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.

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  5. CWallace macrumors 601

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    Quark and InDesign are more advanced DTP applications.

    For cost and ease of use, it's probably hard to beat Apple's Pages.
     
  6. harveypooka thread starter macrumors 65816

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    They have Pages so I'll tell her to try that.
     
  7. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

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    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.


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  8. brendalana macrumors newbie

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    Greetings, harveypooka...

    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:

    http://www.literatureandlatte.com/

    -- SCRIVENER 1.11 NOW AVAILABLE!--
    (Mac OS X Only)
    http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html

    Ciao...

    brendalana...
     

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