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desktop publishing,

system for producing printed materials that consists of a personal computerpersonal computer
(PC), small but powerful computer primarily used in an office or home without the need to be connected to a larger computer. PCs evolved after the development of the microprocessor made possible the hobby-computer movement of the late 1970s, when some computers
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 or computer workstation, a high-resolution printerprinter,
device that reproduces text, images, or other data from a computer, digital camera, smartphone, or the like on paper or another medium.

Impact printers, which mostly have been superseded by ink-jet and laser printers, use a mechanical hammering device to produce
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 (usually a laser printer), and a computer programcomputer program,
a series of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; programs are also called software to distinguish them from hardware, the physical equipment used in data processing.
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 that allows the user to select from a variety of type fonts and sizes, column justifications, page layouts, and graphics libraries and often includes support for document creation and editing. Desktop publishing enables a small business or an individual to produce professional-quality materials on the premises inexpensively and quickly without the need for outside typesetting or printing facilities.

desktop publishing

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(computer science)
The use of a personal computer to produce printed output of high quality that is camera-ready for a printing facility.

desktop publishing

(text, application)
(DTP) Using computers to lay out text and graphics for printing in magazines, newsletters, brochures, etc. A good DTP system provides precise control over templates, styles, fonts, sizes, colour, paragraph formatting, images and fitting text into irregular shapes.

Example programs include FrameMaker, PageMaker, InDesign and GeoPublish.

http://cs.purdue.edu/homes/gwp/dtp/dtp.html.

Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.text.desktop.

desktop publishing

Using a desktop computer to produce high-quality printed output or camera-ready output for commercial printing. It requires a desktop publishing program, such as Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress, a large monitor and laser printer. The term "desktop publishing" was more popular when personal computers emerged in the 1980s. Today, almost everything is created on a desktop or laptop computer for publication, whether for print, CD, DVD or online.

Beyond Word Processing
A desktop publishing program (DTP), also called a "page layout program" or "publishing program," provides complete page design capabilities, including magazine style columns, rules and borders, page, chapter and caption numbering as well as precise typographic alignment. A key feature is its ability to flow text around graphic objects in a variety of ways. Although many word processing programs offer many of these features, a desktop publishing program provides ultimate flexibility.

The Final Layout
Original text and graphics may be created in a desktop publishing program, but graphics tools are often elementary. Typically, all data are created externally. Text is generally created in a word processing program, and graphics are created in a CAD, drawing or paint program and photographs are taken with a digital camera. All text and graphic elements are imported into the publishing program.

Print or Publish Online
A laser printer may be used for final output, but shaded drawings and photographs print better on commercial high-resolution imagesetters. For transfer to a commercial printer, documents are generally saved as PostScript or PDF files. For Web publishing, PDF files are the de facto standard for downloading documents. See PDF.

It Was a Revolution
Desktop publishing dramatically brought down the cost of page layout, causing many projects to be taken inhouse. Predefined templates for newsletters, brochures and other publishing tasks help rank novices do respectable jobs. Nevertheless, there is no substitute for a graphic designer who knows which fonts to use and how to lay out the page artistically.


Desktop Publishing this Encyclopedia
Previous versions of this database were desktop published in PageMaker. The faint grid lines are used to align text and illustrations, which cause the elements to "snap to" them when dragged close.
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Anton began the transition to desktop publishing in 1990, and today all type is set on the desktop.
The fifth-generation processor, the Pentium, 66 MHz with a 64-bit databus and a 32-bit instruction set, runs up to five times the speed of the Intel 486 DX-33 CPU, enabling advanced image processing--of great importance in many desktop publishing applications, particularly those involving fine gradations of gray scales and process colors.
With this article, I intend to help associations' chief staff officers and publishers develop realistic expectations for desktop publishing.
There are exceptions: For example, when an office needs the computer to function as a server--the workhorse for a network system--or for such high-tech projects as document image storage and retrieval, presentation graphics or desktop publishing.
In addition to written materials, programs and seminars on various aspects of desktop publishing are now frequently offered by the different divisions of ALA at national conferences.
Getting a desktop publishing system in place, of course, involves growing pains and startup costs:
The move to install a desktop publishing system started almost three years ago at Dixie, a 76-year-old school with five divisions on campus.
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Other specific programs such as accounting and desktop publishing should be addressed on an as-needed basis.
From the CA site, you can jump to their Web Resources page that has links to dozens of useful sites with desktop publishing information, descriptions of various fonts and a wide variety of design resources.
She further recognized that desktop publishing revolutionized the editor's entire work process.