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Offline Marlin

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Publishing program
« on: Sep 18, 2016, 11:32 »
I need to buy a publishing program. My research seems to lean toward CorelDRAW (a bit expensive) I expected it to be Microsoft publisher. Before I buy I would like some input. Anyone have a favorite for any reason.


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Offline Rennhack

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #1 on: Sep 18, 2016, 11:48 »
What is the product you are wanting to create?

CorelDRAW is for drawing things.  Publisher is for making products. (Newsletters, etc)

Most of the things Publisher can do, MS Word, excel, or Powerpoint can do.

None of them are GREAT drawing programs, if drawing is what you want to do.
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Re: Publishing program
« Reply #2 on: Sep 18, 2016, 12:24 »
Newsletter, flyers, and posters. When I did the search for publishing programs CorelDraw was included.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_desktop_publishing_software


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Re: Publishing program
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Offline GLW

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #4 on: Sep 18, 2016, 01:38 »
Is anyone using Microsoft 360 for home? Do you like it?

https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Office-365-Home/productID.286395000?ICID=All_Office_ModO_365Hm

You need to sharpen your "meld" skill set.

Microsoft offers a comprehensive AND very widely used suite of products with the ability to move from editor to word to excel to visio to publisher to pwp, etc., etc., etc,....

Microsoft advantages - easily self taught, widely familiar and utilized by dam near everybody,...

Microsft disadvantages - it's microsoft, with all that implies....

alternatives:

Viva

Xara

Serif

best of the above bunch (and priciest IIRC) is Serif,...

biggest things to keep in mind are:

ability to import, edit and export between .pdf, .doc and PSDs,...

your computer power: speed, memory, disk space, graphics,....

great software on less than great hardware is a waste of time and money,....

adequate software (like microsoft's) on a great hardware platform will be fun,...

been there, dun that,... the doormat to hell does not read "welcome", the doormat to hell reads "it's just business"

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Re: Publishing program
« Reply #5 on: Sep 18, 2016, 01:41 »
You need to sharpen your "meld" skill set.

Microsoft offers a comprehensive AND very widely used suite of products with the ability to move from editor to word to excel to visio to publisher to pwp, etc., etc., etc,....

Microsoft advantages - easily self taught, widely familiar and utilized by dam near everybody,...

Microsft disadvantages - it's microsoft, with all that implies....

alternatives:

Viva

Xara

Serif

best of the above bunch (and priciest IIRC) is Serif,...

biggest things to keep in mind are:

ability to import, edit and export between .pdf, .doc and PSDs,...

your computer power: speed, memory, disk space, graphics,....

great software on less than great hardware is a waste of time and money,....

adequate software (like microsoft's) on a great hardware platform will be fun,...

Serif was on top of a couple of ratings sites I'll look further into it.

Offline GLW

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #6 on: Sep 18, 2016, 01:43 »
Serif was on top of a couple of ratings sites I'll look further into it.


sooooooooooo,...

short version -

go with micrsoft software on an awesome hardware platform,...

because if you had to come here to ask, microsoft is your speed,... :P :) ;) 8)

« Last Edit: Sep 18, 2016, 01:53 by GLW »

been there, dun that,... the doormat to hell does not read "welcome", the doormat to hell reads "it's just business"

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Re: Publishing program
« Reply #7 on: Sep 18, 2016, 02:35 »
Serif's publisher is PagePlus, I downloaded the free version to test drive it and go through the tutorials. I will give you some feedback after I have used it a bit.




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Re: Publishing program
« Reply #8 on: Sep 18, 2016, 02:41 »

sooooooooooo,...

short version -

go with micrsoft software on an awesome hardware platform,...

because if you had to come here to ask, microsoft is your speed,... :P :) ;) 8)


Looking for a home program used plenty of programs at work. So far PagePlus looks good.

Offline Rennhack

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #9 on: Sep 18, 2016, 03:03 »
Is anyone using Microsoft 360 for home? Do you like it?

https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Office-365-Home/productID.286395000?ICID=All_Office_ModO_365Hm

I use it.  I did a cost benefit analysts, and I would save money with the subscription vs paying once.  I am an early adopter, I upgrade every time they issue a new product, and I have to have several licenses (because i like to be legal).

Publisher is included with the 360 package I have, but I don't use it.  I have had it included for years, and I have almost never used it.

I would make the newsletter and flyers in Word it had templates... but that's just me.  Publisher is good, because it has the same basic functionality as the other office programs you are used to, so there is virtually no learning curve.  With other brands, the learning curve can be huge.

Offline Rennhack

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #10 on: Sep 18, 2016, 03:09 »
MS Publisher can do everything you want to do.  I just happen to use the programs I am more familiar with to do those things.  I would recommend Publisher.

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Re: Publishing program
« Reply #11 on: Sep 18, 2016, 03:17 »
MS Publisher can do everything you want to do.  I just happen to use the programs I am more familiar with to do those things.  I would recommend Publisher.

Reviews seem to imply that MS publisher has some issues with PDF files that I may want to import.

Offline tolstoy

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #12 on: Sep 20, 2016, 07:10 »
Is anyone using Microsoft 360 for home? Do you like it?

https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Office-365-Home/productID.286395000?ICID=All_Office_ModO_365Hm

I have a subscription and only use the on-line programs. I've used Publisher for years and it's intuitive and powerful. I prefer the Libre Office Suite for all office programs - and they have a very nice publishing module - but I've not sure if it is available for Windows.

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Re: Publishing program
« Reply #13 on: Sep 20, 2016, 10:10 »
I have a subscription and only use the on-line programs. I've used Publisher for years and it's intuitive and powerful. I prefer the Libre Office Suite for all office programs - and they have a very nice publishing module - but I've not sure if it is available for Windows.

I like the price. Is there a downside to using an open source program? Its going to take a bit to digest but when it's free it is worth exploring.

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Feature_Comparison:_LibreOffice_-_Microsoft_Office

Offline Rennhack

Re: Publishing program
« Reply #14 on: Sep 20, 2016, 05:25 »
I like the price. Is there a downside to using an open source program? Its going to take a bit to digest but when it's free it is worth exploring.

https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Feature_Comparison:_LibreOffice_-_Microsoft_Office

If its free, then there is no downside to finding out! :)

 


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