Word-processing/DTP software

DTP (Desktop publishing) software

Desktop publishing software is used to produce documents consisting of more than just text. For example, the documents can contain artwork such as photographs, diagrams, clipart, cartoons, graphs as well as text.

Features of DTP

  • Professional level typesetting options - where you can finely adjust the spacing between characters.
  • Plug-ins - extensions can be bough for the software which can be used for a particular industry. E.G. you can be a plug in specifically for the production of newspaper.
  • Curving text along a line.
  • A more standard line format - makes it easier for printers to use the files directly without adjustment.
  • Templates - templates are pre-designed documents which we use to create brochures, posters, exam papers etc.' The main advantage in using templates is that you do not have to start from scratch and worry about the design of the page.
  • Style sheets (Cascading style sheets CSS) - style sheets separate the content (text/images etc) from the way the content is presented (font, size, colours position). This means that if a font for a heading needs to be changed throughout the document then this can be done in the style sheet.

Advantages of DTP

  • More control over the way the page is laid out, DTP packages are more flexible in the way that text can be formatted and arranged on the page.
  • Text and graphics can be put in boxes, which allows them to be moved and positioned on the screen.
  • You can produce files that a professional printer can use directly.
  • You can have text flow around irregular shapes.
  • You can position each letter in text with much more precision.