Thanks to how we use the interwebs these days– email, websites, text messaging, Instagram and Facebook– there is less of a need to print. Anything. The last printer we bought was the same price as ink cartridges for the old printer.
That doesn’t mean printing is dead. Like the Mac, printing will be around awhile, and like the Mac the popular Printworks app makes printing all those complicated print shop items a point and click breeze. You still need ink and paper. You don’t need a degree is graphics design.
Point And Click
There once was a time when the Mac rules graphics design, and that meant Mac users understood page layout and could create brochures, cards, labels, and flyers in their sleep. You can still do that so long as you can point and click while napping.
Printworks creates documents to print and comes with all the tools and templates you need to look and feel like a graphic design pro but without all the talent and attitude. This is what you’re after, right?
Printworks takes a sample template and with just a few points and clicks you can turn it into a project that is fully customized for your needs.
And, it doesn’t really matter what it is. There’s a template to fit everything I’ve ever needed; from flyers and brochures, to CD and DVD disc covers, to envelopes and labels, even business cards.
Point. Select. Click. Customize. Here are the tools you get to start.
The template has all the components already built in and ready to use. Open it up in the layout application and all the tools you use for customization are visible in the sidebars.
In the left sidebar you’ll see templates in a drop down list– From Agriculture and Animals, to House & Home and Kids, to Transportation and Travel & Leisure, and dozens more. Each one comes fully populated with components– text photos, backgrounds– and each one can be moved, replaced, resized, and used as is.
While everything is point and click, it helps to have a discerning eye for composition and color, but the sample templates are professionally crafted to give you an excellent starting point.
Every page has unlimited layers so you can drop in objects, artwork, text, logos, or anything else, then rearrange them as needed. Printworks uses master pages for content that repeats, including head and footer, page numbers, even common backgrounds. Yes, it even does two page spreads, ready for the printer. Or a commercial printer.
Text boxes are easily linked so text can flow from page to page, around graphic objects, and be easily resized in real time.
Yes, you can print your design or layout at home on a color printer, all thanks to exported file formats from PNG to PDF, from TIFF to JPEG. Even EPS. Select RGB or CMYK color models. Printworks comes with more than 500 customizable templates, thousands of clipart images, with an option for 40,000 more.
For labels and envelopes, you can do a mail merge with Apple’s built-in Mac Contacts app to print out labels or cards in a batch model. With barcodes and serial numbers if you need. You can even drop in a Google Maps maps with high resolution and draw a route or set a marker. Printworks has MacBook Pro Touch Bar integration, integration with Photos on the Mac, and a long, long list of capabilities, features, and functionality.
Just look at all the customizable ideas you get from the git go.
No, printing is not dead and not likely to die in our lifetimes.
Not for the application itself, but more for the layers of complexity. Printworks does plenty but has a few more features than the popular Swift Publisher, one of the few remaining desktop publishing applications for the Mac. Start slowly, otherwise, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options. Oh, and there is a free try-before-you-buy trial version.