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What is your favorite desktop publishing software for your Mac

I am looking for some guidance regarding an easy to use flyer and desktop publishing software.  I am looking for something a little more stylish than Pages but I don't want to spend 3 months learning a program either.  The software would be used mainly for printed materials such as flyers, brochures and post cards.  If you have found a software that you really like I would love to hear about it.  Thanks!

 

Comment balloon 12 commentsSam Miller • June 29 2008 05:03PM

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Sam,

Pages is as stylish as you want it to be. It may take a little work, but it is well worth it!

For example, I took our Coldwell Banker Commercial corporate flyer templates, broke them down into separate pieces (I cut, cropped, then saved each individual logo, border, etc as its own graphics file), and pieced them back together in Pages so it looked like the original flyer, then saved my first Pages-generated flyer as a template. I can now do a flyer that looks like the corporate version in about 5-10 minutes, because I saved the original pictures as placeholders. Like I said the front-end is a little labor intensive, but the later work is a piece of cake. I expport them as .pdf files and I send them to anyone I want.I would not go back to MS Word or (UGH!!) Publisher if they paid me to!

Hope that helps.

Terry

Posted by Terry Hand (Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty Auction Group) about 12 years ago

Terry - Thanks for your comments.  For some reason I can not view your photo/flyer here.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago

Try this-

http://www.upchurchrealtycommercial.com/pdf/6744hwy106s.pdf  

Terry

Posted by Terry Hand (Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty Auction Group) about 12 years ago

Terry - That link worked great and thank you!

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 12 years ago

Sam,

I noticed you like tinkering with your cars a lot.  If you don't mind doing just a little tinkering on your Mac, there is a FREE desktop publishing program called Scribus, and it is here:

http://www.scribus.net

Installing this on a Mac is just a little work - you need to first install a free program called GhostScript, then install Scribus.  The details are here:

http://www.scribus.net/?q=aquahowto

Windows has a 1-click install for Scribus, and Linux (depending on the "flavor") does as well.

Scribus is used by several printing companies here and abroad - it offers unprecedented power in handling PDF's.  My wife who is an artist picked it up pretty quickly.  However, like many other programs, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is worth a try.

Cheers,

-Josh

Posted by Joshua Kramer (October Ridge Technology Group, LLC) about 12 years ago

Sam,

Terry is right about Pages. Though I don't use the program often (I use Adobre Creative Suite), I have found it to be user friendly. I would rather cut my hands off before using MS Office for design! Keynote, Pages are great for this type of work. The image here is a simple Keynote image post card I made for a client of mine.

The key is to make a template and use it over and over. Let me make a template for you. Send me your logo and picture. All you have to do is to swap images and text, then export to high resolution PDF.  Who knows you might even take to tweaking it yourself!

past client post card

Posted by Nogui Aramburo, Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area (Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

I am a big fan of Pages. This application offers the ability to create professional looking publications. Additionally, once you create a document you are truly happy with, you can turn it into a template in order to reuse it.

Posted by Joe Boylan (SpringsHomes) about 12 years ago

I use Keynote, Pages, Quark and Photoshop and love them all!

Posted by Taryn Merrick, Virtual Assistant (Merrick Management And Media Virtual Assistant Services) about 12 years ago

My favorite is keynote. Unbelievable what this program is capable of. By the way, do you remember Doug Weaver from Mt. Vernon? He says he remembers you. He's my best friend and business partner in Holden Beach, NC.

Posted by xxx x about 12 years ago

I must be in the dark ages for I still (sheepishly) use Word for Mac for flyers.  Word for Mac does allow you to save work as PDF from its 'print' command.  However, after reading a few of these comments I am curious about Keynote.  Have to see if it can save in PDF format because of its universality.

Posted by David da Cunha (Property One) about 12 years ago

Not Keynote, unless you were doing a presentation. You probably mean Pages. Both are bundled together along with Numbers in iLife '08.

Posted by Terry Hand (Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty Auction Group) about 12 years ago

You can do some amazing graphs in Keynote. If you look at one of my previous posts above, I used Keynote to make the graph, exported it as a pdf and dropped it in layout software.

Posted by Nogui Aramburo, Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area (Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

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