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Desktop Publishing for Mac. A powerful, intuitive page layout application, perfect for anything you want to design and print.

iStudio Publisher makes it easy to create stunning, professional quality documents, including newsletters, brochures, adverts, flyers, booklets, invitations, menus, reports, posters, greetings cards, and yearbooks. Start with a professionally designed template or a custom sized blank document.

Anyone can master iStudio Publisher quickly, regardless of age or experience.

New to desktop publishing and page layout? Our video tutorials and Rapid Start Guide will get you up and running within minutes.

Experienced? You'll love iStudio Publisher’s sophisticated features, such as writing text along any path, text flow linking, two-page spread editing, booklet making, drag and drop page duplication and reordering, tools for complex shape construction, and comprehensive built-in help.

The user interface places everything in easy reach, so you spend more time creating and less time finding elusive features. It has all the tools you need to design great looking documents, whether for professional artwork or school homework projects. Comprehensive Inspectors hold everything to manage your layout and to format shapes, text and images.

The result is an uncluttered desktop that’s a pleasure to use, with more space for getting the job done.

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iStudio Publisher has all the features you'd expect from a layout package:
• Shape size and alignment
• Stroke style, color fill and image fill
• Shadows
• Character and paragraph styling
• Text columns
• Text wrapping
• Support for Apple dictation
• Quick Look document preview
• Tabbed document windows

It also has some great sophisticated features:
• Master pages
• Custom page sizes
• Font sizes up to 9999 pt
• Contextual info bar showing all key modifier combinations
• Keystroke constraints for shape editing
• Comprehensive hyperlink support
• Page duplication and reordering
• Separate thumbnails window – drag and drop document organisation
• True spread editing – place content across the fold
• Automatic page numbering
• Bleed and crop marks
• Export documents as PDF booklets and readers spreads
• Flow text between shapes and lines, across pages and spreads
• Multiple document views, with independent zoom and view settings
• Working space at the side of document pages, which isn't printed
• Smooth pan and zoom up to 10,000%
• Text in any shape, at any angle
• Text along any line or curve
• Powerful control over shape corners
• Set multiple shape properties simultaneously
• Insert multiple plain text, RTF and media files (image/PDF/AI) simultaneously using drag and drop
• Adjustable snap grid
• Independently set opacity for stroke, fill, image and text
• Text inset for any shape
• Multiple text columns in any shape
• Sophisticated text inset and outset – smooth contours around complex shapes
• Rulers that auto scale and auto label
• Live preview mode
• Auto save
• Show baselines, text glyph outlines and text wrap runarounds
• Stretch text horizontally and vertically

Tools to help you design:
• Comprehensive Shape Library
• Powerful Head Up Display shape creation
• Reshaping Tool – edit any shape's nodes and curves

Powerful image manipulation and cropping:
• Change DPI
• Comprehensive scaling and fitting options
• Align, flip and rotate images within shapes
• Image tiling – create a repeating pattern from a single image

Compatibility and sharing:
• Insert plain text, RTF and media files, using drag and drop or copy and paste
• Insert a wide range of media types including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF, EPS and AI
• Export PDF, booklet PDF, PDF with readers spreads, EPUB and RTF files

iStudio Publisher does not include support for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (CJK) text input.

What’s New

Version 1.4.1

iStudio Publisher 1.4.1 contains a host of new features, productivity boosters, improvements and fixes. Here are some highlights:

• Corner Inspector
Add corner styles to any shape vertex (where two straight lines meet), and create a huge range of inspiring shapes with ease. Choose from: radius, scoop, chamfer, notch, and several loop designs. Adjust corner size, smoothing, apply to vertices of any angle, and select which angle ranges to include. Corners retain their proportions as shapes are modified. Several Shape Library designs have been reimplemented and significantly improved by using these new corner capabilities.

• Info Bar, with comprehensive contextual help and keyboard shortcuts
Discover contextual keyboard shortcuts as you work, to supercharge the Toolkit and Shape Library without having to refer to the help pages! A huge productivity booster.

• Keystroke constraints for sizing and positioning shapes
All shape tools and drawing tools have been enhanced with keystroke constraints, to provide proportional resize, resize straight line segments along their own axis, resize about the center, ignore snap grid, constrain rotation angle to 5 degrees, and rotate about opposite corner. The new context-sensitive Info Bar identifies all available options.

• Context-sensitive popups, showing shape size, position, angle and snapping constraints
Displayed when drawing, dragging, rotating and editing shapes.

• Visual drawing aids added to shapes during creation and editing
Includes a global bounding box, diagonal cross, center point, and protractor (during angle adjustment).

• 'Sticky' drawing tools and library shapes
The Caps Lock key now persists the selection of all drawing tools and library shapes - select once and draw many.

• Highlighting shapes when dragging a selection rectangle
Provides invaluable visual feedback of what will be selected. Use the Shift key to include partially enclosed shapes. Another productivity booster.

• Align, distribute and snap all take the new corner styles into account

• Duplicate selected shape(s) by dragging with the Alt key held down

• Align single shapes
Single shapes can now be aligned to the page center or page edges. When spread editing, the nearest page is used.

• Keyboard modifiers for nudging shapes with keyboard arrow keys

• Export any document as a PDF file with reader spreads
Reader spreads display a document as it appears when assembled as a booklet or magazine: first page on its own followed by facing pages side-by-side.

• Pinch to zoom when using a trackpad

• Maximum font size increased from 576 pt to 9999 pt and more standard font sizes added
iStudio Publisher can be used to create very large posters without the need to scale the final exported PDF.

• UI precision of mm and degrees increased to two decimal places

• Combined Zoom Tool replaces separate tools for zooming in and out

• View zoom range increased (1%-10,000%)

• When inserting, pasting or dropping PDF-based content onto an empty area, add it at full-size
Ideal for filling out PDF forms and for adding PDFs requiring annotation.

• Tabbing round selected shapes shifts the view to bring out-of-view shapes into view

• Image Tool makes any image movable by double clicking on it, regardless of fit/align settings

• Stroke width included when hit testing shapes for text addition/editing
Provides selection consistency between different tools and selection activities.

• Dragging in of external text and images improved to make the target tool/selection consistent.

• New document windows are now wider and positioned at the screen center

• Pages/spreads centered when adding, duplicating, moving, removing, or navigating between

• Font loading when iStudio starts up now occurs as a background activity
Provides significant load speed improvements for large numbers of user-installed fonts.

For the full list of new features, improvements and fixes, see the Release Notes in iStudio Publisher’s help pages.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
ttrust20 ,

A great update, excellent value

I have been a long-time user of several “high end” (aka very expensive!) DTP programs, and I only picked this up to see what it was like and to give it a try for laying out a book cover. I have to say that it exceeded all expectations. I was half-expecting a clunky, amateur level program - but what I got was something that delivered 85% of what some $1K programs deliver at price that bears no relation to the level of content. You can do serious work with this. I have been using the previous version for a few months, and it has been very stable. This new update includes several very helpful new features. One thing I’d like to see included as a priority in the next update is the ability to export a complete layout as a JPG or TIFF, as this is very useful for producing web content or promotional illustrations. Some in-built spell checking would also be helpful. Other than that, this really does offer a very comprehensive set of intuitive DTP tools. I have produced several book covers with it, some posters, and a CD package - all delivered for professional printing and the results are indistinguishable from those produced with costly “high end” options. It is extremely easy to use and to navigate around. I really have no complaints. A great job, and just a few more tweaks will make it unbeatable in the cost-effective page layout market. Well done iStudio Publisher!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the very kind comments, and glad you're enjoying the new update. We've had a lot of requests for image export capabilities, so it's now high on our to-do list. Although File > Export Document as PDF is the only image related export option available as an iStudio Publisher menu item, you can print to other image file formats via the standard OS X print dialog and Preview, as follows:

1. In iStudio Publisher, choose menu option File > Print.
2. In the print dialog box, click the "PDF" button and choose "Open PDF in Preview”.
3. In Preview, choose menu option File > Export (or File > Save As on some versions of OS X).
4. Choose Format: JPEG, PNG or TIFF.
5. Set the save location and filename and click the "Save" button to finish.
6. If required, open the image in Preview or other image editing app and crop to size.

iStudio Publisher does have built-in spell checking, but it doesn’t yet offer the checking as you type. Use the key combination ‘⌘;’ to run the checker, or choose menu option Edit > Check Spelling…

Vestibules ,

Indispensable for everyday use

This is a fantastic app for the money and very simple to use. You don't have to create complex documents for it to be useful - we've found it invaluable for 'quick' jobs where we just want to knock something together and print it, like labels, door hangers, notes (a note from the tooth fairy is a good one).

My kids use it for their school work, and just about anything they want to quickly lay out and print. They are really keen on tracing at the moment, so they just drag a few images in from web pages, arrange them on a page and print them out ready for tracing. Takes about 1 minute.

We've had the desktop version for a while, and so far we've also used it for loads of things like creating music manuscript, coloured lined writing paper, reward charts for the kids ('star' charts for them to tick off), flyers for our community, school notices…the list goes on.

We'd find it hard to do without it now, and I can thoroughly recommend it.

*** Update ****
After several years of using this app, I still find I frequently depend on it. I’m not sure what they did when they designed it, but it seems really easy to put stuff where you want it on a page. They clearly got something right.

Just installed 1.3
Personally I’m really pleased, as it contains loads of stuff I’ve been wanting for ages. My favourite is definitely drag n drop page rearrangement.

Developer Response ,

Very glad you like the design. We aimed for clearly arranged real estate on the UI.

Rusty the ancient ,

It’s hard work...

Okay, I’ve only been using this app for a few weeks but there are some big things missing, IMV. There are no layers, so no means of locking one collection of items whilst working on others on the same page. You can create spreads but when output to PDF you get single pages. You can output in ‘book order’ which is great for printing but who prints documents these days? I’m accostomed to selecting an image to insert then placing it reasonably exactly with the curser. iStudio plonks the image in the middle of the page. I’m accostomed to being able to do minor crops whilst laying out a page. It seems that in this app the moving of an image edge resizes the image proportionally. So a small crop - back to the image editor. As yet I haven’t found a way of setting object styles and paragraph styles across a document. Paste in some text and it takes half a dozen clicks to get font, size line spacing, etc. to match the document. A default is not automatically applied. Maybe I’ll find work-arounds. Maybe I expect too much for seventeen quid?

Developer Response ,

Many thanks for your feedback. Much of what you require is supported or achievable. Please email us at and we’ll send you a comprehensive reply. In the meantime, here’s a summary of the main points:

Support for layers is becoming one of the more frequent requests and is a feature we are considering adding. The same is true for locking shapes.

PDF Spread Output and Page Order:
Please let us know what you wish to achieve and we’ll send you details of the workflow.

Image Management:
The Image Inspector provides fine-grained control over fitting, anchoring, positioning and cropping of images within their containing shapes, so you should be able to achieve any fit you require in an efficient manner. There are many ways to achieve image insert, with both single and multiple images (for example: drag and drop, copy and paste, insert). You can target existing shapes or insert images into default rectangular shapes. You can also copy and paste images between shapes.

Style Setting and Persisting/Using Defaults:
A default text style for the app can be set in Preferences. Styles of text and other ‘objects’ can be copied and pasted, which is a big time saver. We are planning to add named character and paragraph styles, and style catalogues to a future version.


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