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The Best Desktop Publishing Software for Your Home Office

written by: Niki Fears•edited by: John Garger•updated: 6/28/2011

If you have a home office, you likely need a good desktop publishing program to create advertisements, fliers, and invoices. Read these reviews of affordable desktop publishing software that are perfect for home office use.

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    Whether you simply need professional looking business cards or if your business requires full scale image kits such as letter head, brochures, post cards, etc. Desktop publishing software is becoming an essential part of doing business, especially for a home office who does not need massive amounts of printing work done and when budget constraints are an issue you may not want to hire a designer. There are some great programs out there that can make simple desktop publishing easy and affordable.

    Title: PrintShop Deluxe

    Publisher: Broderbund

    Price: $49.99 for version 23

    Compatibility: Version 23 is compatible with Windows XP and Vista

    PrintShop Deluxe is powerful desktop publishing software that is feature rich and is a great choice for those home offices that require a lot of desktop publishing items. With a powerful photo editor, thousands of graphics and pre-made professional templates PrintShop Deluxe will deliver business cards, brochures, letter head, newsletters, booklets, mailing labels, post cards,forms, fax covers, menus, presentations, photo slide shows, and even web pages. The navigation is visually laid out and user friendly. So if you are looking for a powerful desktop publishing software that you will be using a lot in your home office this is a great choice. And since Version 23 just came out, you can get a great deal on Version 22 which is also compatible with Vista via an available patch.

    Title: Print Artist Gold

    Publisher: Nova Development

    Price: $29.99

    Compatibility: Version 22 is compatible with Windows XP and Vista

    If you still want a lot of control over your projects but you do not require a heavy, feature rich desktop publishing software suite, then Print Artist Gold is an excellent choice. For the medium desktop publishing work load when you only need occasional projects such as business cards, flyers, and brochures, Print Artist Gold is a simple to use program that can still deliver great results for a very reasonable price.

    Title: Print Master Gold

    Publisher: Broderbund

    Price $19.99

    Compatibility: Version 18 is compatible with Windows Vista

    If you are looking for something a bit cheaper for light use and basic features, then Print Master Gold gives you a more affordable alternative. Also made by Broderbund but not quite as powerful as the PrintShop series, Print Master is simple to use for things like business cards but focuses more on personal use for greeting cards, invitations,etc. With the new release of version 18, the previous Version 17 can be found for around $15 or less;however, the available download is not compatible with Windows Vista. Some of the CD versions may be and you are advised to check the packaging before purchase if your computer is operating on the Vista platform.

    Regardless of your level of need or ability, there is a desktop publishing software that is perfect for your needs and use in a home office and can save you the time and money of having someone else design and print all of your materials for you.