What is Adobe's equivilent to Microsoft's MS Publisher?

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  1. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Lifer

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    Can anyone tell me what the equivilent is?
     
  2. MrHappyMonkey

    MrHappyMonkey Diamond Member

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    pagemaker or inDesign
     
  3. neomits

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    I thought Pagemaker was just a web page program... guess I'm wrong
     
  4. Soulflare

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    Pagemaker is awful, and is actually worse than Publisher in many ways.
    InDesign is Adobe's equivalent to Quark Express, and is much better than both Publisher and Pagemaker.
     
  5. Bignate603

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    Or is that pagemill?
     
  6. Soulflare

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    That's GoLive!

     
  7. dc

    dc Diamond Member

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    pagemaker is not a webpage program.
     
  8. notfred

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    indesign.

    I beleive Quark Xpress still has the larger market share though.

    edit: Wow. I leave for 3 minutes after hitting "reply" and before typing my post, and get beat by like 10 people...
     
  9. neomits

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    would InDesign be a good program for my parents and younger siblings who like to make birthday cards and envelopes and the like? or what would be better?
     
  10. notfred

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    InDesign would be a good program for National Geographic to use to do the layout for thier magazine.
     
  11. Soulflare

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    MS Publisher will have wizards for making cards, envelopes and so on... and will be much easier
    to work with for the average user. InDesign and the like are for professional print work.
     
  12. dakels

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    MS Pubslasher (as we in design like to call it) is a more for in office-type page layout and light design. It is not made for professional printing. It's much more powerful then Word but nothing close to an Indesign or Quark.

    For page layout (the desiging of a page and positioning of art and text) Quark (made by Quark) has been the industry standard for quite some time now and still is. Yet the product is not superior. Its just that it is proprietary and has been established in the prepress environment. I cannot send you another program's file if your company was set to use Quark.
    InDesign (made by Adobe) is a newer page layout program made to compete with Quark. Indesign is argueably much better then Quark but as mentioned before, Quark has its foothold on the market. Switching over for many companies is a MAJOR hassle that also requires people to learn that program when they probably went to school for Quark.

    This also brings another matter. These professional page layout programs are not very newbie friendly. You can't just hop on a computer and use it. They require a fair amount of learning just to get started and a massive amount of education, on a college level, to master in a prepress environment.

    Adobe software for the most part (Photoshop Elements is a non-pro photo editing program), Quark, and Macromedia's software are focused on the professional publishing sector. Publisher is focused on the home office to office user who is not a page layout designer, but wants to maybe make some light presentatios or office documents and print them off their personal/office printer.

    If this is more for home use for word processing paper, flyers, Xmas cards and such, then I recommend trying to use the MS word templates, or getting a light program like Print Master (Brodurbund software).

    If you want to get a little more serious about it you can use MS Publisher but I wouldn't recommend using Quark or Indesign unless you are willing to put in some MAJOR time learning it and taking classes.
    (roughly)
    Quark - $600-$800
    Indesign - $500
    Pagemaker - $500

    Publisher - $120
    MS Office with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher - $350-450
    Print Master (stricty simple ameteur) - $40

    and btw GoLive and PageMill are web focused applications. both by Adobe
     
  13. Soybomb

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    You're certifiably insane man. ;) I couldn't have imaged someone telling me to do newspaper layouts for 3 years on publisher. Quark, Pagemager, and InDesign will all wipe the floor with it so very easily. Publisher is a very basic design program meant for very small jobs (church bake sale flyer, boy scout announcements, etc) and doesn't offer near enough flexibility to do any real work with it. Of course its much easier to use the first time you sit down at it....