What is DTP? Part I

What is DTP? Part I

What are DTP services?

DTP is a process that requires the use of specialized software that allows for the aesthetically pleasing arrangement of text and images (and frequently also other elements that are included in a publication), and for the creation of a single document from these elements. This is how newsletters, brochures, books, and other materials are created.

DTP services are required whenever you send documents in the form of PDF files or image files (or documents in the physical paper form) to be translated. After the text is processed using an OCR application, the translator has to first translate the text, and then properly format it.

What tools are used in DTP services?

The materials that we described above, are created in various applications – this depends on the skills of the person generating them, as well as the complexity and nature of the materials. A good example is the formatting of a book - if you want to do this just once, a word-processor will be enough to get the job done. However, in publishing houses such a solution would be too simple, and therefore programs with significantly greater capabilities are used. Thanks to DTP applications, you can create a template of a document (leaflet, magazine or newsletter), and then fill it with text and images.

Here are the most common uses of desktop publishing applications and the programs that are used for that purpose:

  • Word-processors
  • MS Word
  • LibreOffice Writer
  • Zoho Docs Writer
  • AbiWord
  • WPS Writer.

DTP programs

Some word-processors allow us to prepare a comprehensive formatting of the document while others (such as Google Docs or Word Online) only offer basic writing and editing.

Professional DTP and PDF creation

  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXpress
  • Foxit Advanced PDF Editor
  • Scribus
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro

Creation of large documents

  • Adobe FrameMaker
  • Corel Ventura

Creation of leaflets and training materials

  • Adobe FrameMaker
  • Corel Ventura
  • QuarkXpress
  • Spring Publisher
  • Design Pro

Creation of database publications

  • QuarkXPress
  • Corel Ventura
  • Adobe FrameMaker

Creation of illustrations

  • Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Macromedia Freehand, Gimp, Adobe Photoshop

Creation of graphics and photo editing

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Corel Photo-Paint

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