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Chapter 17. Page Layout > Surveying the Field (KT)

Surveying the Field (KT)

Any Mac user with a scintilla of interest in desktop publishing or page layout has heard of the high-end big three: Quark's QuarkXPress ($869, upgrade from version 4.0 or 4.1 free, upgrade from versions prior to 4.0 $306.15, competitive upgrade from PageMaker $499; www.quark.com), Adobe PageMaker ($499, upgrade $79; www.adobe.com), and Adobe InDesign ($699, upgrade from version 1.0 $99, upgrade from PageMaker or PageMaker Plus $299). If you need to produce work destined for commercial printing, the search can easily begin and end with that short list. In fact, some would short-circuit the process and tell you to choose QuarkXPress, known affectionately as Quark and more cynically as QuirkXPress—the de facto standard among designers at ad agencies and publishing houses, and at commercial print shops and output services. But you do have other options.

If you produce software manuals, textbooks, or other long technical works, you should consider Adobe FrameMaker ($799, upgrade $209). PageMaker and XPress are both capable of producing books (in fact, most books today seem to be typeset with XPress), but FrameMaker is the champ when it comes to tables, and it is the only layout program with built-in support for cross-referencing and footnotes.


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