Friday, 09 January 2015 23:51

Review – SpringPublisher desktop publisher

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Design your own business cards, flyers, postcards, letterheads and labels within mere minutes using this swift and simple app for Microsoft Windows.

SpringPublisher is a refreshing take on the desktop publishing genre, enabling the quick and aesthetic creation of print quality documents, cards and more using supplied templates or your own designs.

You can add text and images as you would expect, plus other features such as QR codes and barcodes, and maps.

You may change fonts, orientation, colours, and all the things you really ought to expect. In every task you attempt, SpringBuilder is there with alacrity, waiting to serve.

Pleasantly, SpringPublisher comes in both a free and a professional release. The pro version includes 100 credits to be spent on the SpringPublisher template store, support for micro perforated paper, and high quality 350 dpi output. The free version is restricted to 96 and 180 dpi output. It is also important to note the free version license does not provide for commercial use. The pro version is a very reasonable $US 23.95 once-off.

SpringPublisher is an attractive application, making good use of the Office ribbon-style user interface. Menu items are quickly found, and although comprehensive help is available, you won’t go wrong by simply starting a new project and exploring the intuitive interface.

You can also browse the local templates, and the template store, to see what SpringPublisher can do for you – which, you will find, is a lot. The templates provide a rich variety from letterheads to postcards and flyers and so many other options.

When your masterpiece is ready, the Page Manager tool allows you to preview your work before committing to print.

SpringBuilder runs on everything from Windows 2000 through Windows 8.1. It has been crafted with the end user in mind and makes the task of creating good, attractive printed products a pleasurable one.

You do need to be vigilant during installation however; the free version comes bundled with ancillary applications that are entirely unrelated to SpringPublisher, but which presumably SpringPublisher is paid to include.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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