Desktop Publishing Software - What is desktop publishing software?
Also known as “page layout” software, this term refers to any software that is used for “desktop publishing”, or the creation and editing of documents on a general purpose computer.
This software allows a variety of elements to be combined on a page (including text, graphics, and placeholders for elements that will be added later) and arranged and edited to produce the best visual result. The final product may be printed (for example, newsletters, brochures, adverts, posters, reports, books, magazines, business cards etc) or displayed on a screen (for example, websites, ebooks and enewsletters, PDFs, slideshows etc).
Where word processing software allows for finer control over text and graphics software allows for finer control over graphics, desktop publishing allows for fine control when bringing these elements together and arranging them within a single document. This includes the spacing and alignment, styles and themes, and colour and transparency used. Documents may be created from scratch or developed from existing (or pre-designed) templates or style sheets. Desktop publishing often uses PostScript (a page description language developed by Adobe) as this allows for the creation of documents that can be printed at a high resolution. Common examples of desktop publishing software include Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe InDesign, Corel Ventura, CorelDraw, Microsoft Publisher, PageStream, and QuarkXPress.Go Back to Glossary