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What is the Best Desktop Publishing Software for Graphic Designers?

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Readers choose Xara Designer Pro as the best software for graphic designers.

Readers choose Xara Designer Pro as the best software for graphic designers.

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Question: What is the Best Desktop Publishing Software for Graphic Designers?
Readers chose Xara Designer Pro in the 2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Does that make it the best? It's certainly less expensive than the Adobe Creative Suite.
Answer: The best desktop publishing software for graphic designers category is for software used primarily in a professional environment whether that is for in-house graphic design or by freelance graphic designers. Programs used almost exclusively for desktop printing or personal computer crafts are not considered here.

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In this category, all software programs listed above are excellent software for general graphic design. The only addition I would make to the list is Scribus. My quick assessment:
  • If you are a Mac user, Xara, Corel, and Serif are out of the running.

  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is primarily graphics software and not a good choice if you are designing books and newsletters, but for graphics-intensive layouts such as ads and posters it's more affordable than the Adobe Creative Suite but just as powerful.

  • For the cost-conscious and those who want easy to use graphic design software, go with Xara Designer Pro or Serif PagePlus. I haven't fully delved into Xara Designer Pro yet, but after just a few minutes of playing around and browsing the huge gallery of templates I have to say I am impressed. If you work in print and Web equally it can fulfill the needs of both types of design.

    Read more about my first early impressions of Xara Designer Pro

  • If free or open source is your preference, use Scribus. However, it is not as quick and easy to learn as the Xara and Serif software.

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