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What makes the desktop publishing software you use the best for desktop publishing? What software have you used that you think others should avoid? Share your opinion. Write a review. Just tell us what to look for and what to avoid for doing desktop publishing. Whether you use InDesign or PagePlus or The Print Shop or some specialty program for business cards or greeting cards, sound off on your favorite (or not so favorite) desktop publishing software.

Everyone has an opinion. What's yours? 

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's also been called the "Quark Killer" usurping QuarkXPress as the top choice for page layout among professional graphic designers. Or has it? Are you an InDesign lover or hater? Did you switch to InDesign from something else or switch to something else after trying InDesign?

Tell us about using Adobe InDesign (any version) for desktop publishing and graphic design. 

Adobe PageMaker

Adobe PageMaker 7, Adobe, Inc.
Adobe PageMaker 7, Adobe, Inc.
It may no longer be developed by Adobe, but it was a powerhouse in its day. Today, many people continue to use PageMaker -- and not just the newest version. What is it about the original desktop publishing program that made it so great? Do you still use it?

Tell us about using Adobe PageMaker (any version) for desktop publishing and graphic design. 

Apple iWork

Apple iWork '09 box image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Apple iWork '09 box image courtesy of PriceGrabber

The successor to AppleWorks, the Pages component of Apple iWork combines word processing and page layout features. Do you use it? Do you like it? How good is Pages for desktop publishing?  

Tell us about using Apple iWork (any version) for desktop publishing and graphic design. 

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher 2010 Box Shot and Sample Template
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Sample Template; Box shot courtesy of PriceGrabber
Considered more appropriate for use by non-designers than by graphic designers, Microsoft Publisher since 98 delivers tools that, while not quite up to the standards of high-end programs, provide options not found in other consumer applications such as some process and spot color commercial printing, EPS and TIFF import, and PostScript output. It got a much-needed update with Publisher 2010. Do you use Publisher? Do you like it?

Tell us about using Microsoft Publisher (any version) for desktop publishing and graphic design.

Broderbund PrintMaster

PrintMaster 2011 Platinum Box shot © Broderbund
PrintMaster 2011 Platinum Box shot © Broderbund

Are you a long time or new PrintMaster user? Are you happy with PrintMaster 18 or earlier? Did you make the switch to the all new PrintMaster 2 or PrintMaster 2011 or are they your first encounter with the Broderbund PrintMaster line? Share your thoughts.

Tell us about using Broderbund PrintMaster (any version) fro desktop publishing and creative printing projects.

Broderbund The Print Shop

The Print Shop 23 image courtesy of PriceGrabber

I've heard fewer complaints about the version 2.0 of The Print Shop that the comparable move in the PrintMaster line. Did The Print Shop 2.0 do it right or is everyone still happily using version 23 or earlier?

Share your experiences using any version of The Print Shop for Mac or Windows for desktop publishing or creative printing projects.

QuarkXPress

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 despite strong competition from Adobe InDesign. Do you use it? Did you switch to Adobe InDesign or did you switch from InDesign (or something else)? Why? What keeps you loyal to QuarkXPress?

Tell us about using QuarkXPress (any version) for desktop publishing and graphic design.

Serif PagePlus

2010 Winner: Serif PagePlus
About.com / Serif, Inc.

Our 2010 Reader's Choice Awards winner in multiple categories, PagePlus may not be fully accepted as being comparable to Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress but it's several notches above Microsoft Publisher and consumer desktop publishing programs such as those from Broderbund.

Tell us about using Serif PagePlus (any version other than the free one) for desktop publishing and graphic design.

Do you use the free Starter Edition of PagePlus. Share your experience here.

Xara Designer Pro

Xara Designer Pro 6 Logo
© Xara Group, Ltd.
Formerly known as Xtreme Pro, Designer Pro is a Windows only top of the line Xara product for graphic design. Although billed as a graphics program, it is used for a variety of Web and print projects.

Tell us about using Xara Designer Pro (any version) for desktop publishing and graphic design.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6
© Xara Group Ltd.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is an all-in-one graphics program that does illustration and photo work as well as layout, photo compositions, and Web graphics.

Tell us about using Xara Photo & Graphic Designer for desktop publishing and graphic design.

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