production software is one of the most commonly used applications for both
personal computer users, and business professionals. Word processing,
desktop publishing, and Web authoring software each have their own unique
features for producing professionally formatted documents. Most modern
document production software is “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You
Get). Meaning that as you construct documents they appear on the computer
screen exactly the way they will appear when printed or published on the
Web. Both Mac and Windows users have many options when it comes to
choosing document production software.
General Information Not
all document production software packages are created equally. Some
versions are designed for home use, while others are optimized for
business applications. Visit Webopedia.com
to find brief but useful information about document production software.
Also, at http://reviews.cnet.com
you’ll find an extensive list of document production software products
with links to sites containing numerous different applications.
Software Word processors are primarily used for creating simple text
documents, and include many time-saving features with that in mind. Modern
versions of word processors have begun to take on a broader range of tasks
that now overlap into the areas of both desktop publishing, and Web
authoring applications. For example, graphics can be placed into word
processing documents, Web pages can be constructed within a word
processor, and simple brochures can now be created with relative ease,
within one program. Read reviews, view the home pages of major brands of
word processors and view tutorials at both www.itworld.com/App/937/,
and this Google
directory page. OpenOffice.org (free for download) provides a
fully functional word processor "Writer" with their office
suite. You can get information and download links at: www.OpenOffice.org.
For assistance in
deciding which word processor will fit your specific needs, go to the
worksheet found at Techsoup.com.
This worksheet asks questions which, when answered, will help you to
choose the appropriate software. Additional information about word
processors and their uses can be found at www.nald.ca/imsrc/softrev/word.htm.
At this site you can read ratings based upon how well word processors
perform specific tasks.
Software For more complex document preparation, desktop publishing
software may be the best tool for the job. The line between word
processors and desktop publishing has become more and more blurred as word
processors have incorporated desktop publishing features such as document
layout and graphics placement. Visit internetbrothers.com/desktoppub.htm
to read about desktop publishing, from basic publishing terms, to
professional publishing jargon. Another good source of information about
desktop publishing can be found at desktoppub.about.com.
This site describes basic and advanced issues such as printing, graphic
design, and document layout. If you are interested in reading reviews
about the different desktop publishing software packages available, the
has comments and ratings submitted by users of each package. This
site also provides many reviews and ratings of today’s most
popular desktop publishing software.
Web Authoring Software
Creating Web pages requires Web authoring software. Many different
software packages are now available from different software manufacturers.
Users can construct Web pages in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
environment while the software generates the appropriate HTML behind the
scenes. Read reviews and ratings of the most popular Web authoring
software at About.com.
If you need help choosing Web authoring software, visit www.workz.com
to find the advice you need. If you have questions about Web authoring, visit the FAQ page
Here you can read questions and answers posed by other people interested
in this topic.