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Word Processing and Page Layout. Choices for different needs. Choices. Microsoft Word Corel WordPerfect Adobe FrameMaker Adobe PageMaker/InDesign/Quark LaTex. Microsoft Word. Standard – everyone has it Not much training needed for simple tasks

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word processing and page layout

Word Processingand Page Layout

Choices for different needs

choices
Choices
  • Microsoft Word
  • Corel WordPerfect
  • Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe PageMaker/InDesign/Quark
  • LaTex
microsoft word
Microsoft Word
  • Standard – everyone has it
  • Not much training needed for simple tasks
  • Fairly powerful . . . If you know the tricks
  • Crashes, bugs, weirdness of Microsoft
  • Not cross-platform compatible
  • Equations cumbersome to publish and edit
  • Not designed for books or other long projects
  • Page layout features limited
corel wordperfect
Corel WordPerfect
  • It’s not from Microsoft
  • Easy to use
  • Not as standard as Word
  • Poor page layout
  • Poor cross-platform compatibility
adobe framemaker
Adobe FrameMaker
  • Designed for books and long publications
  • Tools for indexing, bibliographies, etc.
  • Excellent cross-platform performance
  • Ready to multipurpose documents
  • Stable
  • Equations easily edited, published
  • Excellent import/export capabilities
pagemaker indesign quark
PageMaker/InDesign/Quark
  • Designed for page layout
  • Works well with others
  • Excellent typographical control
  • Require some training to be effective
  • No native equation editing
  • Best for image-intensive layouts
  • Best choice for pre-press
pagemaker vs indesign vs quark express
PageMaker vsInDesign vs Quark Express
  • PageMakerEasy to use, but becoming outdated
  • InDesignPowerfulIt’s from Adobe, works with Photoshop, etc.
  • State of the art tools
  • Quark ExpressOutpaced by InDesignIt’s not from Adobe
latex et al
LaTex et al
  • Powerful typographical control
  • Standard for some publications
  • Cross platform compatible
  • Outstanding equation editing
  • Cumbersome, requires extensive training
  • Open source, so support can be hard to find or unavailable
summary
Summary
  • Choose the right tool for the right job
  • Analyze needs
  • Consider time spent writing versus time spent fiddling
  • Consider publisher’s needs
  • Consider content creation
  • It’s best to use several packages
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