Desktop Publishing Magazine

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Desktop Publishing magazine (ISSN 0884-0873) was founded, edited, and published by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes of TUG/User Publications, Inc., of Redwood City, CA.[1][unreliable source?]). Its first issue appeared in October, 1985, and was created and produced on a personal computer with desktop publishing software (PageMaker on a Macintosh),[2] preparing output on a prototype PostScript-driven typesetting machine from Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Erik Sandberg-Diment, a columnist at The New York Times, tried to buy the venture outright when he saw an early edition.[3]

Its premier issue included an interview with John Warnock of Adobe Systems (creator of PostScript) by August Mohr, an article about the first electronic news column for the computer industry (Newsbytes published by Wendy Woods), and a review of PageMaker. The editors defined Desktop publishing as a new application for producing words and pictures using personal computers. "It has become cost-effective for almost anyone using a personal computer to prepare documents that appear professionally published. The new publishing tools put book making, newsletter publishing, magazine design, ad layout, manual production, and promotional literature publishing into the hands of personal computer users who never before had the opportunity to do these things."[citation needed] Contributing editors and columnists included Paul Saffo, Ted Nelson, Ron Jeffries, Ted Nace, August Mohr, David Needle, Steve Rosenthal, and Arthur Naiman.[citation needed]

Three issues were published before the magazine was purchased in March 1986[4] by PC World Communications, the San Francisco-based subsidiary of IDG and the parent company of PC World (magazine). (The magazine was then renamed Publish! with Bove and Rhodes staying as contributing editors.)[5]


  1. ^ "Word of Mouth by Denise Caruso: The Dynamic Duo Publishes Again". Media Letter. September 1990. Retrieved 1990-09-01.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Altair Implementation in the Graphic Arts". DigiBarn Curator/DigiBarn Computer Museum. September 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  3. ^ Sandberg-Diment, Erik (July 15, 1986). "Personal Computers; The Certain Approach of Desktop Publishing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  4. ^ Lipton, Amy (February 1987). "Computer publishing's whiz kid". Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ Magid, Lawrence J. (1986-06-30). "Aspiring Desktop Publishers Have Lots of Help". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-08.