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Desktop Publishing Software A-Z

The Really Big List of Desktop Publishing Software

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Creative Stars: PageFocus Pro

PageFocus Pro Screenshot from Creative Stars, Inc.
PageFocus Pro Screenshot from Creative Stars, Inc.

This desktop publishing program focuses on forms creation and includes a simple database engine.

PageFocus Pro v. 7.7 for Windows; PageFocus Draw v. 4.7 for Windows.

Cristallight: Desktop Publisher Pro

Desktop Publisher Pro - Image courtesy Metis International
Desktop Publisher Pro - Image courtesy Metis International

Lowcost software has basic graphics tools, and lots of text effects for creating a newsletter nameplate and decorative headlines for newsletters, fliers, and other desktop publishing projects.

Desktop Publisher Pro v. 1.4.4 for Windows and v. 2.2.5 for Mac.

DigiLabs: My Photo Calendars

My Photo Calendars Screenshot from DigiLabs
My Photo Calendars Screenshot from DigiLabs

Download this DigiLabs software (purchase a software key to activate) and create all kinds of calendars. You can then print them yourself or upload to the DigiLabs site for professional printing. The software also creates postcards, greeting cards, and other photo projects. The non-commercial version allows only local printing. The commercial version outputs PDF/JPG files. Get a free (non-printing) trial version to see how you like it.

My Photo Calendars 4.5 for Mac and Windows

Diwan Software: Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go! Ruby for Windows Logo from Diwan Software
Ready, Set, Go! Ruby for Windows Logo from Diwan Software

Professional level Mac and Windows desktop publishing. With the Windows Ruby edition you can publish to mobile phones as ebooks, print to PDF, and convert pages to HTML.

Ready, Set, Go! 7.7 for Macintosh, Ready, Set, Go! 2.3 for Windows, Ready, Set, Go! Ruby for Windows

Diwan Software: Yaqout & Arabic Desktop Publishing

al-Nashir al-Sahafi Yaqout 4 for Windows; Image courtesy Diwan Software.
al-Nashir al-Sahafi Yaqout 4 for Windows; Image courtesy Diwan Software.

Diwan Software provides Arabic graphics and desktop publishing for Mac and Windows which is optimized for Arabic publishing and includes clip art, arabesque borders. and quranic text. 

al-Nashir al-Sahafi Yaqout 4 for Windowsal-Nashir al-Sahafi for Mac OSal-Nashir al-Sahafi for Mac OS X

Focus Multimedia: Create Your Own Calendars

Create Your Own Calendars from Focus Multimedia
Create Your Own Calendars from Focus Multimedia

From Focus Multimedia, this Windows Vista compatible PC program gives you 10,000+ calendar templates for creating annual, monthly, pocket, and wall calendars through the year 2500 (if you need to plan that far into the future). It includes image editing tools, graphic objects, and event reminders. You can also import data from Microsoft Outlook.

Create Your Own Calendars 2nd Edition for Windows

Focus Multimedia: Create Your Own Greeting Cards

Create Your Own Greeting Cards Deluxe from Focus Multimedia
Create Your Own Greeting Cards Deluxe from Focus Multimedia

The Deluxe edition of this Focus Multimedia title is Windows Vista/Windows 7 compatible, comes with 200,000 clip art images, web graphics, and photos, 4,000 fonts, and over 100 sentiments. Create cards for all occasions to print and send email cards. There is also a Create Your Own Greeting Cards 2nd edition with fewer images and templates. Additionally, for greeting cards along with business cards, calendars, and iron-on transfers they have the All-in-One Print Studio. Write a review of greeting card software.

Create Your Greeting Cards Deluxe and Create Your Own Greeting Cards (2nd Edition) and All-in-One Print Studio for Windows

  • Create Your Own Greeting Cards Both Versions & Print Studio (Company Store)

Focus Multimedia: Create Your Own T-Shirts

Create Your Own T-Shirts from Focus Multimedia
Create Your Own T-Shirts from Focus Multimedia

This Focus Multimedia (a UK-based publisher) software is a very inexpensive program that offers 200+ templates and 1,000 clip art images. You can also import your own photos to put on a t-shirt. There are some basic photo editing tools (red eye and scratch removal) and a step-by-step wizard to guide you through your t-shirt design. It creates mirror images for printing on transfer paper.

Create Your Own T-Shirts Second Edition for Windows

GIMP (gimp.org)

2010 About.com Reader's Choice Awards Winner: GIMP
About.com / gimp.org

The GNU Image Management Program (The GIMP) is a popular, free, open source alternative to Photoshop and other photo editing software. The GIMP was the 2010 About.com Reader's Choice Winner in the Free Desktop Publishing Software category.

GIMP 2.8 for Windows and Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris

Also see: More Photo Editors for Windows and Photo Editors for Mac

Hallmark Card Studio

Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 2010 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe 2010 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

The Mac edition of Hallmark Card Studio is optimized for Leopard and Snow Leopard and integrates with iLife and has multi-touch gesture support. You'll get fonts, graphics, and plenty of templates for greeting cards as well as scrapbooks, e-cards, and photo cards. In the Deluxe edition for Windows, in addition to thousands of project templates and Hallmark sentiments, it includes a note writing guide and an animated user interface. And if you want something a little less expensive from the Hallmark line, there's Hallmark Card Studio 2010. Write a review of greeting card software.

Hallmark Card Studio for Mac; Hallmark Card Studio 2010 Deluxe and Hallmark Card Studio 2010 for Windows

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