Re: DTP Shootout

Subject: Re: DTP Shootout
From: Keith Anderson <kanderso -at- TRI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 14:22:35 -0500

I just upgraded to Ventura 7. It's conceptually the same as old Ventura,
but it's totally updated and customizable. I haven't had a chance to
really go over it thoroughly, but it appears to be a real contender. It
has one feature I really like. When you install it, it asks you what
kind of documents you will produce. It will then setup a special toolbar
for those types of documents (long, graphics heavy, etc.). I wish other
applications were that flexible.

I currently use Frame and Word depending on the project. It seems to me
that the tools we use are based either on situation or personal
preference (if we are so lucky). I would like to see more competition
in the area of publishing software. I hope Quark, Corel, Adobe,
Microsoft, etc. go after each others' throats. All of use would benefit

Keith Anderson

The Registry
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>From: Don Smith[SMTP:dsmith -at- ACCESSBEYOND -dot- COM]
>Sent: Thursday, December 05, 1996 11:51 AM
>Subject: Re: DTP Shootout

> I am so happy someone else took the plunge and mentioned Ventura
> Publisher. People love to write Ventura off, but it was the first
> really good PC based DTPublishing program. (Back in the DOS days.)

> With version 4.2 (now rather famous to some of us) Ventura hit the
> best that they ever came up with.
> They released a Version 5 after Corel bought them and it was a dud
> (MHO). Many writers at this point either:
> 1. Went to Framemaker (reluctantly) or
> 2. Went to Word (more reluctantly) or
> 3. Went to Word Perfect (even more reluctantly), or
> 4. Stayed with version 4.2 (most likely and what we did).

> They have just released version 7 which I guess is what Alex was
> referring to. I will order the update and hope that it is everything
> they say it is. I (and the writers I work with) really hope that it is
> good and helps Corel Ventura restore some of the greatness of the old
> Xerox "Ventura Publisher".

> Donald A. Smith
> Senior Technical Writer
> Access Beyond

> My opinions are mine - Not other peoples.

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>Subject: DTP Shootout
>Author: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG> at INTERNET
>Date: 12/5/96 12:52 PM

>Alex Wrote:
>>Hello Tim,

> >BTW: They showed Corel Ventura 7 - a complete rewrite. Rumors were that no
> >one dared to touch the GEM kernel of the old Ventura. For Ventura veterans
> >this
> >de>monstration was quite stunning - most of what they showed was in the
> >PageMaker domain before. But until now I even refused to install Win95 or
> >WinNT...

>Gr>eetings from Germany,

> --

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