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Page Layout + Image Editing + Drawing For Professionals and Non-Designers
Popular Desktop Publishing and Graphics Software

Clockwise from the top: Serif PagePlus, The Print Shop Pro Publisher, Print Artist, Microsoft Office Publisher, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.

Box shots provided by Serif, Broderbund, Nova Development, Microsoft, Quark, Adobe, and Corel.
For professional desktop publishing and graphic design, software from Adobe and Quark are the first that come to mind for most people. Yes, Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress are the top two contenders for professional page layout. But for a full toolbox you're going to need graphics software and other tools as well.

Adobe, with its wide range of products, can do it all. But Quark doesn't make graphics software. What if you're on a tight budget or maybe you're doing this mainly for personal projects or pro bono work? There are multiple ways to approach putting together both basic and fully-loaded desktop publishing software combinations for doing print or Web design.

The options presented here center around seven top publishers of desktop publishing software: Adobe, Quark, Serif, Corel, Microsoft, Nova Development, and Broderbund. You could go with products from a single publisher or mix and match to get your ideal desktop publishing suite of tools.

The focus on these pages is on combining a page layout program with graphics software for bitmap and vector images. Some suggested combinations include Web publishing or other multimedia tools as well. Find the desktop publishing software combination that is right for you from these suggested menus.

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