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Chapter 17. Page Layout > Page Layout and Desktop Publishing (KT)

Page Layout and Desktop Publishing (KT)

Thanks to modern technology, any Mac user with an idea and a design can sit at the computer and arrange pages of type, digitized photos, graphics, and other elements. A few mouse clicks let you reproduce your pages faithfully, printing a few copies on an in-house desktop inkjet or laser printer or hundreds or thousands of copies by sending files to an outside service for output on such high-end equipment as imagesetters, computer-to-plate systems, or high-capacity direct digital printers.

What makes this miracle possible is page-layout software—programs designed for setting type and for mixing text and images freely on the page. There are at least nine of these programs for the Mac, although Quark's QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker, and Adobe's new InDesign are the best known and most used. If Gutenberg, Garamond, and Goudy were alive today, they'd probably be using one of those three programs, exulting in levels of control and ease of use that could scarcely have even been imagined in 1440, 1550, and 1930, the years when those famous printers were working.


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