Desktop Publishing Software Review

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Why Desktop Publishing Software?

Desktop publishing software can help you create a multitude of beautiful print projects, ranging from colorful and dazzling to serious and formal. With the wide-ranging variety of excellent desktop publishing software available today, you can forget about paying ridiculously high prices to a professional shop for designing and printing the paper items you need. Instead, if you are a small business owner, you can prepare and customize your own professional looking business cards, company brochures, posters, letterhead stationery and much more.

If you are active in school, church, sports team community activities, desktop publishing software can be a real asset. You can easily compile attractive banners, certificates of achievement, postcards, newsletters and numerous other printed materials that will keep everyone abreast of what is going on in the organization.

In addition to adding your own individual and fun flourishes to printed materials, you can save a considerable amount of money by doing the designing and printing yourself rather than using a commercial printing service.

We've gathered some articles relating to desktop publishing software so you can get ideas for all types of printing projects that can serve you well in your private life as well as your workplace. There are also comprehensive reviews to help you make an informed choice about which desktop publishing program is the right one or you. Be sure to check out the reviews for our top three products: PagePlus, Print Artist Platinum and The Print Shop Professional.

Desktop Publishing Software: What to Look For

It is best to select desktop publishing software that lets you create many different types of projects and which offers you a variety of photo, art and text tools. You will find it also is important to pick an application that is easy to use and gives you several choices when it comes to printing and sharing your projects.

Select software from a manufacturer that provides strong and easily available help and support, in case you run into technical questions and need answers fast. While there are many good desktop publication software suites, the best application is the one that meets your unique needs. Identify the types of projects you want to create, and then seek out the software that will provide the capabilities you need and will actually use.

Here are the criteria we used to rank these applications:

Projects
The best software will give you enough options to create plenty of different projects. If you have only limited capabilities in this area, it could stifle your creativity and result in less than satisfactory printed products. No one wants to hand an ugly funeral program to mourners or send out unappealing brochures for a business. Choose an application that offers plenty of variety and flexibility.

Photo & Text Tools
The best printed projects often contain appealing pictures and graphics, so a good application will be filled with a more than enough tools to help you import and position your photos or graphics. You also should be able to edit freely with regard to colors, frames and more to personalize your project. Text is vital to most projects, as well. To make your project look good, you will need a variety of tools to help you edit and place text for both headlines and the body of the writing. Look specifically for applications that will allow you to choose fonts, colors and more.

Ease of Use
Creating your own printed projects is a big job in itself. The last thing you need is an application that is difficult to navigate or one that keeps crashing your computer. The best application is self-explanatory for computer beginners as well as experts. This entire exercise should be fun as well as productive. To get the greatest satisfaction from your desktop publishing software, it's important that the software you choose provides numerous options for printing and sharing projects. After all, sharing your printed materials is probably one of the main reasons you decided to embark on the project in the first place, so naturally, you want to be able to disseminate it widely and well. In addition to printing options, look for software that allows you to easily email your creations or publish them on the web.

Help & Support
Anyone who embarks on a desktop publishing project is likely to have some questions at some point. You will need accessible and informative help and support at some point, and the better the support, the greater the benefits for you. A good software manufacturer has email support and possibly phone support, a built-in knowledge base and a frequently asked questions section. Also useful are user forums and live chat.

Whether you are creating your own business cards, preparing a menu for your startup catering service or designing a banner for a school bake sale, you can enjoy letting your creativity loose and realize significant savings with desktop publishing software. Check our reviews to discover which product will work best for you.

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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
PagePlus Print Artist The Print Shop Professional Microsoft Publisher PrintMaster Platinum The Print Shop Deluxe Scrapbook Factory Deluxe Design & Print
PagePlus Print Artist The Print Shop Professional Microsoft Publisher PrintMaster Platinum The Print Shop Deluxe Scrapbook Factory Deluxe Design & Print
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Lowest Price
Visit PagePlus X6
$74.98
Visit Print Artist Platinum 24
$49.95
Visit The Print Shop Professional 3.0
$79.99
Visit Microsoft Publisher 2010
$139.99
Visit PrintMaster Platinum 2012
$34.99
Visit The Print Shop Deluxe 3.0
$49.99
Visit Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 5
$39.95
Visit Design & Print Business Edition
$39.95
Ratings
9.63
9.13
8.63
8.25
8.13
7.63
7.25
4.13
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
9.38
10.00
10.00
8.75
9.38
8.75
8.75
10.00
8.75
8.75
7.50
8.75
9.38
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.50
8.13
8.75
10.00
7.50
7.50
7.50
8.75
6.88
7.50
7.50
7.50
3.75
3.75
6.25
5.00
 
Projects
Templates 470+ 27,000+ 6,000 600+ 3,500 4,000 6,500+ 8,400
Art Gallery 1,300+ 375,000+ 220,000 150,000 150,000 217,000 75,000+ 6 Million
Fonts 300 1,000+ 800 200 600+ 600 1,500 10,000
Banners
 
Business Cards
Business Forms
 
  
Calendars
Certificates
Greeting Cards
Invitations
 
Letterhead
Newsletters
Postcards
Posters
 
Resumes
  
Menus
Stationery Sets
 
  
Brochures
 
 
Tables
 
 
 
Master Pages
 
 
  
Web Pages
 
  
Styles
  
    
Photo/Graphic Tools
Color Correction
Crop Image
Frames
Photo Effects
Gradient & Transparency
 
Spell Checker
eMail/Messenger
Custom Paper
  
Print Alignment
  
 
PDF/PostScript
Text on Curves
 
 
Inner/Outer Glows
  
  
Flaw Correction
  
 
Drawing Tools
Mail Merge
Bevel & Emboss
      
3-D Effects
  
 
 
CMYK Editing
  
    
Thesaurus
  
    
Proof Reader
  
    
Help & Support
Knowledgebase/FAQ
Telephone Support
 
 
 
Email Support
User Forum
 
 
 
Support Ticket System
       
Live Chat Support  
 
 
Supported Configurations
Windows 8
  
    
Windows 7
Windwos Vista
Windows XP