ERIC Number: ED311901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Product Descriptions: Desktop Publishing for School Use. A Critical Review of Products. A MicroSIFT Report.
This report presents tabular evaluations of 13 products described by their publishers as appropriate for desktop publishing. These 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. 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. The reviews for each of the individual products are summarized and presented in five tables: (1) Summary of Performance (the best and worst features of each of the products together with a general recommendation about appropriate applications; (2) Required and Optional Equipment, including minimum memory requirements; (3) Page Layout Features; (4) Word Processing and Graphics Features; and (5) Other Features, which include search and replace; spellcheck; style sheet, clip art, and software programs that can be used with 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 narrative descriptions, see IR 052 891.