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Mac Desktop Publishing Software for Professional Use

Industry-Standard and Most Used Professional Page Layout Software


These are the top Mac desktop publishing software programs that define desktop publishing. Ease of use, time-saving features, or industry-wide acceptance are some of the key attributes, although not every Mac desktop publishing software program has them all to the same degree. These programs are the major players in desktop publishing and graphic design for in-house, small business, and freelance designers.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign CS5 Box shot © Adobe, Inc.
Adobe InDesign CS5 Box shot © Adobe, Inc.

InDesign is the successor to PageMaker, the original desktop publishing software program. It is a page layout software program available as a standalone package or in some of the editions of the Adobe Creative Suite. Have you used or do you currently use Adobe InDesign? Write a review.

 InDesign CS5 for Mac (and Windows). It is part of the Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and Master Collection editions of Adobe Creative Suite 5.


QuarkXPress 8 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
QuarkXPress 8 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

In the late 80s and 90s Quark usurped the desktop publishing community's first love, PageMaker, with QuarkXPress. Once the undisputed king of desktop publishing software applications for both Mac and Windows users, Quark's premiere product - QuarkXPress - is still a powerhouse publishing platform. Love it or hate it or just like using it, write a review of QuarkXPress.

 QuarkXPress 8 for Mac (and Windows)

Adobe PageMaker

Adobe PageMaker 7 for Mac Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Adobe PageMaker 7 for Mac Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

Adobe PageMaker 7 is a professional-level page layout application marketed as a small business/enterprise publishing solution. No longer in development, it is still a popular choice and PageMaker is the original desktop publishing software application. Have you used any version of PageMaker? Write a review.

 PageMaker 7.0 for Mac (and Windows).

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