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The New Communications Technologies, 5th Edition by Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Mirabito

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10      Desktop Publishing

This chapter examines desktop publishing (DTP), an application used to produce newsletters, brochures, books, and other documents. DTP tools include PCs, software, printers, and scanners. When combined, they create a publishing system that can literally fit on a desktop. DTP also provides us with an electronic composition tool in that a design is electronically composed.1 A monitor’s screen serves as a window in this process.

Various factors led to the proliferation of PC-based DTP systems in the late 1980s and early 1990s. More sophisticated PCs and complementary software flooded the market while the laser printer became an affordable option.

HARDWARE—THE COMPUTER, MONITOR, AND PRINTER

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