The debate: whether Windows word processors stand up to low-end desktop publishers for creating simple reports, brochures, and newsletters. We test six packages to find the smart choice.
Word Processor or Desktop Publisher?
By William Harrel
If you’re a Windows user, you already have a word processor—probably Microsoft Word for Windows, Ami Pro, or WordPerfect for Windows. These brawny $500 beasts can’t be beat when it comes to writing basic documents and print¬
ing them on the office laser. But what if you want more? What if you’re interested in cranking out slick-looking reports, newsletters, and other documents?
You could plunk down an additional $700 to $900 and get a high-end desktop publishing package such as PageMaker, Ventura Publisher, QuarkXPress, or FrameMaker. If you’re in the publishing business, this is the only way to go. Most of us aren’t, however; we’re standard business users and our needs are simpler. Luckily we have two reasonable alternatives.
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