Some could argue that desktop publishing saved the Mac back in the day, with no little thanks to the now departed PageMaker app. Desktop publishing thrives but today’s professional apps cost an arm and a leg. Here’s how to save a bundle and publish yourself.
Desktop Publishing Lives!
Back in the day the Mac had a dozen PageMaker wannabes. In true Adobe fashion, the company bought PageMaker from Aldus, and moved desktop publishing into the realm of professional publishers willing to pay more money.
PageMaker faded into oblivion and so did most of the low end page layout apps for the Mac as the internet took over digital publishing.
What if you still need to create professional documents, newsletters, brochures, flyers and advertisements, invitations, posters, greeting cards, yearbooks, or annual reports?
Spend what’s left of your arm and leg on Adobe’s complicated and complex InDesign, or fire up the affordable iStudio Publisher on your Mac.
All the basic page layout tools are there, including a video tutorial and a rapid start guide. Even the iStudio interface looks familiar to anyone who ever touched a page layout app, made perfect for Mac’s with wide screens.
iStudio Publisher comes with page and spread management tools, character and paragraph styling, and options to change object shape, size, and alignment. Manage multiple columns and text wrapping.
Drop in photos or graphics, resize, and have text wrap around to fit the page size. There’s a lot going on in iStudio, hence the need for a video and user guide.
Text can be set to flow along any line, within any shape, and at any angle. Master pages make it easy to get started on a document, and larger documents benefit with a smooth pan tool and zoom up to 5,000-percent.
Using the latest Mac built-in functions, iStudio Publisher has autosave and handles most Mac graphic file formats from JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF, EPS and AI, but also exports ePub, RTF, and PDF files.
Frankly, PageMaker was never this good or this affordable. You could spend more on lunch. Despite the lowly price tag, iStudio Publisher feels and performs like a professional page layout tool, though it won’t compete with Adobe’s InDesign.