ERIC Number: ED311900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Desktop Publishing for School Use. A Critical Review of Products. A MicroSIFT Report.
This report evaluates 13 products described by their publishers as appropriate for desktop publishing. The products have in common the ability to combine text and graphics on a page; however, they vary greatly in capabilities and cost. Some products have a very narrow use (e.g., certificate makers and puzzle generators), and some have a very general use (e.g., drawing programs that can also format text into columns). Each product evaluated fulfills the following criteria: (1) text and graphics must be able to move freely on the page; (2) text and graphics must be able to be imported from other sources; (3) the program must be defined by the publisher as appropriate for use in schools; and (4) the product must operate on an Apple II series, a Macintosh, or an MS-DOS compatible microcomputer. It is noted that, although some products are specially packaged for schools, most are designed for business or professional use, and schools will have to make certain adjustments to those programs to fit an educational setting or specific curriculum. Presented in narrative format, the review for each product provides its price and a description of its unique characteristics; an evaluation of the ease of use which indicates its key features; a discussion of ease of learning which points out the availability of users' guides and tutorials; a summary of the system's best and worst features; and a general recommendation for appropriate applications of the product. A list of publishers' addresses and phone numbers is included. (SD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: For tabular summaries of the reviews, see IR 052 892.