Not long ago we bought a new HP printer. Why? The previous HP printer was so old that Amazon was the only place to get ink cartridges. And, the price of cartridges was just about the price of a new printer. With ink cartridges.
Worse than that common scenario is that we haven’t bought printer paper in a few years, either. Why not? We just don’t print like we used to. That may explain why Printworks is one of the best values any Mac user who prints can have. It’s like five apps for one price.
Printing It All
We’ve used Printworks for years and it keeps getting better despite the fact that we print less than ever.
This is the kind of app that an office needs, and it’s full featured enough that it would work well for a small print shop.
Including in the package are tools to create brochures and flyers, business cards, CD and DVD labels and covers, greeting cards, and labels and envelopes (creating, managing, and printing).
Using Printworks is easy, but made more so if you have a little page layout app experience.
That’s actually what Printworks is. It’s loaded with templates and clipart, and every component is laid out on the Mac’s screen with tools needed to adjust size, add and move images around in the layout, and tweak and customize each visual element.
Take a look.
Each document you create has the tools specific to that type of project.
For example, you can import iTunes track information for disc labels and covers. Contacts information can be imported for business cards.
There are hundreds of templates included, and over a thousand clipart images (there’s an Extras Pack with 100 additional fonts, and 40,000 clipart images).
It’s smart enough to create barcodes and serial numbers, customize fonts, and the layouts are all layers-based. Finished projects can be exported to TIFF, JPG, PDF, or EPS, suitable for professional print shops.
Printworks varies a bit from SwiftPublisher and Printfolio, both from the same Mac developer.
You don’t need page layout or graphic design experience to use Printworks, but if you do not you’ll find the video tutorials to be very useful. Page layout isn’t dead. Printing isn’t dead. But in the internet age, both are just not what they used to be.