Layout & Design

Layout & Design

There are many tools available for download that can help manage and improve the design and layout process. From simple graphic conversion utilities to fully featured open source page layout programs, our Layout & Design software should provide nearly everything you need.

Windows

  • THE INDUSTRY-STANDARD VECTOR GRAPHICS PROGRAM -> Adobe® Illustrator® 10 software defines the future of vector graphics with groundbreaking creative options and powerful tools for efficiently publishing artwork on the Web, in print, everywhere. Produce superb Web graphics using symbols and innovative slicing options. Explore creative ideas with live distortion tools. Publish in record time with dynamic data-driven graphics and other productivity features. -- The number one reason to use this would be in creation of logos to use or if you want a powerful program to design your Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes, Brochures, Postcards... And have TOTAL control of font positioning and color use. For the amount of power this program has, most anyone can use it. --

  • SETTING NEW STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL LAYOUT AND DESIGN ->
    All-new Adobe® InDesign® CS software takes page design to a new level, combining extraordinary production power and creative freedom with innovative cross-media support. Through its tight integration with Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and Acrobat® software, InDesign 2.0 helps you produce pages quickly and output them reliably.

  • BUSINESS PUBLISHING MADE EASY -> Adobe® PageMaker® 7.0 software is the ideal page layout program for business, education, and small- and home-office professionals who want to create high-quality publications such as brochures and newsletters. Get started quickly with templates, graphics, and intuitive design tools; work productively across Adobe applications; and easily leverage existing content to create customized communications. -- For Layout and Design with both power and ease of use, there is not another product like Adobe Pagemaker. --

  • THE PROFESSIONAL IMAGE-EDITING STANDARD -> Adobe® Photoshop® 7.0 software, the professional image-editing standard, helps you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data; streamlined Web design; faster, professional-quality photo retouching; and more. -- There are many programs out there that allow you to edit and touch up Photos and graphics, but none with the power and ease of use of Adobe® Photoshop®. --

  • GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed open source program for such tasks as photo editing, image composition and image authoring. It may be the closest thing to Photoshop® you can get for free!

  • Gadwin PrintScreen is a freeware utility that can capture the entire Windows screen, the active window or a specified area. The captured screen can be sent to the printer, or saved to disk as a file in six different graphic file formats.

  • BUSINESS PUBLISHING WITH OFFICE IN MIND -> A relative newcomer in the Publishing Industry, Microsoft has put together a decent program here that allows the average person the ability to create customized Brochures, Letterhead, Business Cards, and Forms. With hundreds of templates out of the box... and even more ready to download. Microsoft has positioned this as a need for the company that either wants to do their own design work and also for those who need to do the odd multi-color job and doesn't want to shell out for the more expensive alternative. While there are a few limitations, We will gladly take your Publisher file. In fact we are the only Publisher Service Provider in Napa.

  • PDFCreator

    CREATING PDF'S FOR FREE -> When you design a job and you work hard at making it look just right. The there is nothing more annoying then to have fonts shift or a job to "just look different." Enter in the PDF format. The Portable Document Format, which was made famous by Adobe, is a standards based file format that maeans what the file looks like on your computer will be exactly how it'll look on mine. Now you can spend money and get the industry standard from Adobe which is Acrobat Distiller (adobe.com). Or you can download this Open Source PDFCreator for free and create pdf's of your documents. This will install like a Printer Driver, allowing you to save the PDF when you print to it.

  • THE COMPLETE GRAPHICS AND PHOTO EDITOR FOR HOME AND BUSINESS -> Paint Shop Pro is a critically-acclaimed graphics editor for the PC. It works with over 40 different file formats and comes with a wide range of tools and filters to achieve the look you want. While it doesn't quite have the ease of use as Adobe Photoshop, the amount of power you get for the cost is amazing.

  • A large download directory of plugins for Adobe® (Photoshop®, Illustrator®, InDesign®, Acrobat®) and Apple® (Aperture®, AfterEffect®, FinalCut®) plugins. Includes reviews and user ratings.

  • Browse installed and uninstalled TrueType fonts, view sample text, individual characters and detailed font information all with The Font Thing, the freeware font management utility. It lets you install, uninstall, print, copy or delete any number of fonts at once. You can even store your own notes with them, filter them according to type and group them into collections for convenience.

  • The Print Shop includes all the tools you'll need to create the perfect greeting card, stationary set, calendar, CD label and more. Choose from more than 115,000 photos, graphics and web art. Select from more than 8,000 professionally designed project templates.

Mac OS X

  • Art Text from BeLight® is a tool for creating custom logos, icons, headings, and banners. You can modify text and vector shapes, turning them into fancy graphics for your own use and exporting the result in PDF, TIFF, JPEG, GIF or PNG format.

  • FontExplorer X from Linotype® delivers powerful font sorting, font shopping and font discovery capabilities in one easy-to-use font management tool. Best of all, FontExplorer X is free!

  • GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed open source program for such tasks as photo editing, image composition and image authoring. It may be the closest thing to Photoshop® you can get for free!

  • The "Swiss knife" of graphic file conversion utilities, GraphicConverter can import 200 different graphic file types and export 80.

  • iPhoto from Apple® is a photo viewer and editor that allows you to import photos from your digital camera, perform basic enhancements and corrections and easily organize and archive them on your Mac.

  • A large download directory of plugins for Adobe® (Photoshop®, Illustrator®, InDesign®, Acrobat®) and Apple® (Aperture®, AfterEffect®, FinalCu®) plugins. Includes reviews and user ratings.

  • Snapz Pro X is a shareware screen capture utility offering a multitude of options and rock-solid performance. You can save captures in a number of popular file formats, such as PNG, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, and PSD. It may be the best screen-capture utility for Mac OS X.

Linux

  • GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed open source program for such tasks as photo editing, image composition and image authoring. It may be the closest thing to Photoshop® you can get for free!

  • gPhoto lets you take a photo from any digital camera and load it onto your computer and then print it, e-mail it, put it on your website, save it to your storage media in popular graphics formats or just simply view it on your monitor.

  • Hamster Font Manager™ (HFM) is a font manager for Linux systems. With it you can control the availability of fonts in all of the supported applications from a central place. Included modules support X-Window, Ghostscript and TeX, as well as PostScript® fonts.

  • Jahshaka is the world's first open source real-time editing and effects application. It takes advantage of the power of OpenGL and OpenML to give its users exceptional levels of performance. It currently supports Linux and Mac OS X. Jahshaka is licensed to the public under the GNU GPL agreement.

  • RenderPark is a photo-realistic rendering tool developed at the Computer Graphics Research Group of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium. The program offers many photo-realistic rendering algorithms, including several state-of-the-art rendering algorithms that are not yet present in other packages, not even in expensive commercial ones.

  • Scribus is an open source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.