Which programs to use?

Which programs to use?

Post by Debbi Fortne » Wed, 11 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Having used all programs mentioned, this is my (ever so humble) opinion.

Page layout, especially for a catalog, would be easiest with
QuarkXPress. An Xtension can be purchased that will link your document
to a database, which is especially useful for catalog publishing.

Graphics: Depends on version. Prior to version 7 of both FreeHand and
Illustrator, I would have placed the two very close, and agreed that the
way you work probably would determine the best product for you. HOWEVER,
I am very disappointed with Illustrator 7, but am very pleased with
FreeHand 7. (Just so you know, I preferred Illustrator before). I think
FreeHand is now much more intuitive. Adobe is attempting to make all of
their apps work and look the same, and I think that this goal is
actually hurting the programs.

Image Manipulation: Depending on your catalog, you may or may not need
Photoshop. If doing any photographs, it is a must.

The learning curve mentioned by Kyle (I think) is very accurate. If your
background is not in computers, typesetting and design, plan to invest
quite a bit of time in learning the programs. Ideally you should hire a
trainer/consultant, or if time permits take some classes at a community
college. The beauty of hiring a trainer is that you can work on what you
specifically need to know, rather than getting "generic" training. (Yes,
I am in this profession! I teach XPress, PageMaker, Illustrator,
FreeHand and Photoshop, to name a few.)

Hope that helps, Timothy.

Debbi Fortney
Working Minds
Kirkland, WA


1. Sample programs needed using MATROX COMET library

  I have been struggling to write C programs (using Borland C++ 4.0
compiler for windows) that uses MATROX COMET (frame grabber board)
library. I haven't succeeded so far. I am suspecting the possibility of
a compatibility problem (the library is supposed to be compatible with
BC++3.1) . But I cannot be sure since I do not have much experience with
either the compiler or the board library.
  Is there anybody working in a similar environment? Any help
(especially small sample programs) will be extremely useful .


Note: When I tried the sample program that came with the board (wtest.c)
BC++4.0 gave linker errors (it showed all the library functions as
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