Comparison of desktop publishing software

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The following is a comparison of major desktop publishing software.

Overview[edit]

This table provides general software information including the developer, latest stable version, the year in which the software was first released, and the license under which it is available.

Desktop publishing software Developer(s) Latest stable version Initial release License
CorelDRAW Corel X7 (17.0) (March 27, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-03-27)) 1989 (1989) Commercial, proprietary
Fatpaint (Cloud-based) Mersica Inc. 1.98 (August 19, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-08-19)) 2010 (2010) Freeware
FrameMaker Adobe Systems 10.0.0 (January 11, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-01-11)) 1986 (1986) Commercial, proprietary
InDesign Adobe Systems CS6.0 (8.0.0) (May 3, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-05-03)) 1999 (1999) Commercial, proprietary
InPage InPage Team 3.0 (2008; 6 years ago (2008)) 1994 (1994) Commercial, proprietary
iStudio Publisher iStudio Software 1.1.4 (June 15, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-06-15)) 2009 (2009) Commercial, proprietary
LyX The LyX Team 2.0.6 (May 9, 2013; 13 months ago (2013-05-09)) 1995 (1995) GPL
Microsoft Publisher Microsoft Corporation 15.0 (January 29, 2013; 17 months ago (2013-01-29)) 1991 (1991) Trialware
OpenOffice.org Apache Software Foundation and others 3.3 (January 25, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-01-25)) [±] 2002 (2002) Apache License 2.0 (Apache OpenOffice 3.4 and later)
LibreOffice The Document Foundation
Fresh

4.2.5 (20 June 2014; 20 days ago (2014-06-20)[1]) [±]

Stable

4.1.6 (29 April 2014; 2 months ago (2014-04-29)[1]) [±]

2011 (2011) LGPL v3
PageMaker Adobe Systems 7.0.2 (March 30, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-03-30)) 1985 (1985) Commercial, proprietary
PagePlus Serif Europe X7 (July 15, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-07-15)) 1991 (1991) Commercial, proprietary
Pages Apple Inc. 5.1 (January 23, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-01-23)) [±] 2005 (2005) Commercial, proprietary
PageStream Grasshopper LLC 5.0 (2005; 9 years ago (2005)) 1986 (1986) Commercial, proprietary
QuarkXPress Quark, Inc. 10.0 (September 16, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-09-16)) 1987 (1987) Commercial, proprietary
RagTime RagTime GmbH 6.5.2 (May 21, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-05-21)) 1984 (1984) Commercial, proprietary
Ready,Set,Go! Diwan Software Limited 7.7.8b (September 2009; 4 years ago (2009-09)) 1985 (1985) Commercial, proprietary
Scribus The Scribus Team 1.4.3 (July 31, 2013; 11 months ago (2013-07-31)) 2003 (2003) GPL
The Print Shop Brøderbund 23.0 (2009; 5 years ago (2009)) 1984 (1984) Commercial, proprietary
Ventura Corel 10.0 (September 2009; 4 years ago (2009-09)) 1986 (1986) Commercial, proprietary
Desktop publishing software Developer(s) Latest stable version Initial release License

Operating system[edit]

This table gives a comparison of what operating systems are compatible with each software in their latest version.

Desktop publishing software Windows Mac OS (X) Linux BSD UNIX Other
CorelDRAW Yes supported versions<11 No No No No
Fatpaint Yes Yes Yes No No No
FrameMaker Yes supported versions<7 No No supported versions<8 No
InDesign Yes Yes No No No No
InPage Yes No No No No No
iStudio Publisher No Yes No No No No
LyX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes OS/2
Microsoft Publisher Yes No No No No No
OpenOffice.org Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
PageMaker Yes Yes No No No No
PagePlus Yes No No No No No
Pages No Yes No No No No
PageStream Yes Yes Yes No No AmigaOS, MorphOS
QuarkXPress Yes Yes No No No No
RagTime Yes Yes No No No No
Ready,Set,Go! Yes Yes No No No No
Scribus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, OpenIndiana, Solaris, Haiku
The Print Shop Yes Yes No No No No
Ventura Yes No No No No No
Desktop publishing software Windows Mac OS (X) Linux BSD UNIX Other

Input format[edit]

This table gives a comparison of the file formats each software can import or open.

Desktop publishing software PDF EPS SVG TeX/LaTeX RTF HTML Word .doc OOXML .docx Other
CorelDRAW Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes PSD, AI, SWF, WPD
Fatpaint No No No No No No No No JPG, PNG
FrameMaker Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No WPD
InDesign Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes PSD, AI, SWF, WPD, XLS
InPage No Yes No No No No No No No
iStudio Publisher Yes No No No No No No No PSD, AI
LyX No No No Yes No Yes No No No
Microsoft Publisher No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
OpenOffice.org Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes PSD, WPD, XLS
PageMaker Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No No
PagePlus Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No
Pages No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
QuarkXPress Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No PSD, AI, SWF, XLS, JPG, PNG
Scribus Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No List
The Print Shop No No No No No No No No No
Ventura Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No PSD, AI, WPD
Desktop publishing software PDF EPS SVG TeX/LaTeX RTF HTML Word .doc OOXML .docx Other

Output format[edit]

This table gives a comparison of the file formats each software can export or save.

Desktop publishing software PDF EPS SVG TeX/LaTeX HTML Other
CorelDRAW Yes Yes Yes No Yes PSD, AI, SWF, WPD
Fatpaint No No No No No JPG, PNG
FrameMaker Yes Yes No No Yes DOC, WPD
InDesign Yes Yes No No Yes SWF, XML, RTF
InPage No Yes No No No GIF
iStudio Publisher Yes No No No No EPUB, RTF
LyX Yes No No Yes Yes PS, ODF
Microsoft Publisher Yes No No No Yes No
OpenOffice.org Yes Yes Yes No Yes RTF
PageMaker with Distiller Yes No No No No
PagePlus Yes Yes No No Yes No
Pages Yes No No No Yes EPUB, RTF
QuarkXPress Yes Yes No No Yes EPUB
Scribus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes List
The Print Shop Yes No No No No No
Ventura Yes Yes No No No RTF, PSD, AI, WPD
Desktop publishing software PDF EPS SVG TeX/LaTeX HTML Other

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Release Notes". The Document Foundation. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.