Software for a newspaper layout

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Software for a newspaper layout
Newspaper design involves careful attention to detail, time, and patience. (New paper headlines image by janaka Dharmasena from

Designing the layout for a newspaper used to involve precise measurements, rulers, protractors, pencils, erasers and a very artistic team. Today, designing a newspaper is much less hands-on and can be done in an easier and more efficient way by using computer software.

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Computer Needs

For newspaper design, it is important that you are running the necessary software on a computer that is compatible with the version of the software in use. Generally speaking, running this type of complex program would require a computer with enough RAM and a fairly decent processor. It's not so much a question of Mac or PC. Running this type of software just requires an understanding of your computer system capabilities before spending the money and time installing it.


There are a few different options available when shopping for software for newspaper design. One popular choice is called InDesign. InDesign is an Adobe software product. This software can be used to produce publishable material for print, online and even mobile devices. Its design makes it easy to make last-minute changes, implement audio and video, and other special features. This type of software isn't cheap. If purchasing from the Adobe Store, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium software costs £1,234 in the United States. If you already own InDesign and are just looking to upgrade, the cost is £389.


Quark is another highly-esteemed program used for designing newspapers. The current version, QuarkXPress 8, is similar to InDesign and allows for a fast working pace, having an easy-to-navigate interface and also the ability to incorporate multimedia. QuarkXPress8 costs £519, or an upgrade is £194.

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