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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, invitations, menus, reports, posters, greetings cards, and yearbooks. Start with a professionally designed template or a blank document of any page size.

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

If you’re new to desktop publishing and page layout, our video tutorials and Rapid Start Guide will get you up and running within minutes.

If you’re experienced you'll love iStudio Publisher’s sophisticated features, such as writing text along any path, text flow linking, two-page spread editing, drag and drop page duplication and reordering, and building complex shapes with the dedicated drawing tools. You’ll also appreciate the comprehensive built-in help.

The app’s user interface places everything in easy reach – so you can spend more time creating and less time trying to find elusive features. It has all the tools you need to design great looking documents, whether it’s 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 a uncluttered desktop that’s a pleasure to use, with more space for getting the job done.

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iStudio Publisher has all of the features you'd expect from a layout package:
• Shape size and alignment
• Line 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 (macOS Sierra only)

It also has some great features that you might only expect in higher-end packages:
• Master pages
• 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
• 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 5000%
• Enter text in any shape, at any angle
• Enter text along any line
• Select multiple shapes and set their properties simultaneously
• Insert multiple plain text, RTF and media files simultaneously using drag and drop
• Adjustable snap grid
• Independently set opacity for line, 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
• Work in live preview mode
• Auto save
• Show baselines, text glyph outlines and text 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 content 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, EPUB and RTF files

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

What's New

Version 1.3

iStudio Publisher 1.3 contains many new features, improvements and fixes – our largest update ever! Here are some of the highlights:

• Comprehensive hyperlink support
Link text and shapes to web pages, email addresses, internal pages, files and custom URLs. Visualise and test links in iStudio Publisher. Use internal links to create a document contents page that links to different sections. Links are embedded in exported PDFs.

• Page/spread reordering and duplication
Complete control over adding, removing, duplicating and reordering the pages/spreads in your document, with full undo/redo.

• Separate Thumbnails window
Navigate around documents with ease. Adjust window size/zoom to view your whole document. Drag to duplicate or reorder pages/spreads. Window remembers its size, position and zoom.

• Contextual menus
All your favourite actions in one handy place, and some new ones. A much-requested productivity booster. Typically available using control-click, right-click or two-finger tap (for trackpads) on the document window.

• Font support upgraded
Font interaction is much better organised and presented, and it's faster. Font faces in each family are clearly grouped together, and the total number of available faces is shown. We also added a Recent Fonts list, which grows as you open existing documents and whenever you apply fonts. It's available from the main menu, the contextual menus and the inspectors, and it resets when iStudio Publisher launches.

• Notifications added for unavailable bold/italic font variants
We don't synthesise fonts as it's not good practise. If you need a bold or italic font variant, it has to be installed. If it isn't, the app now warns you when you try to set it.

• Many organisational settings persist between restarts
Document window size/position, shape library state, rulers, inspector panel size and position, open inspectors, Thumbnails window size/position/zoom, and most view settings (including snap and grid).

• Inserted images are scaled within the page size, instead of original size
Applies regardless of how you insert images: copy/paste, drag/drop, insert menu, or Image Inspector. Previously, large images could extend well beyond the page boundaries, making them tricky to resize. Now the size of the image's containing shape is capped at 80% of the page dimensions, and the image's fit mode is set to "Fit - no Stretch".

• Speed and accuracy of inset, outset, and runaround calculations
Shapes with non-trivial boundary lines perform noticeably faster when you adjust their inset and outset distances. The generation of the inset and outset paths is much improved. Now when you enable text outset, you get smooth rounded corners instead of sharp vertices.

• A range of measures to manage large files
You're notified if a file is growing large, or can’t be saved due to insufficient file system space.
Document file size is shown on the document window title bar.

• Document window tabs (macOS Sierra only)
Open multiple documents in one window, each with its own tab.

• Blinking cursor

• Drag and drop content from another app now centers the content on the drop point

• Flow linking appends any existing downstream text
Linking two text containers together concatenates any flow that they may already contain, appending the downstream text. (NOTE: only if the downstream container doesn't already have text flowing into it from another source).

• Pasting shapes onto a different page or document doesn’t offset the first paste
A productivity booster. The app remembers how many times you've pasted onto each page, and calculates successive offsets accordingly. This makes it very quick to paste items in the same place onto multiple pages.

• Overhaul of tooltips for the whole UI
We've added more tooltips, improved existing tooltips, and included keyboard shortcuts where appropriate.

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

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5

29 Ratings

29 Ratings

iStudio Publisher exceptional! Better than Adobe. . .


I’ve been a desktop publishing user for 25 years. From Adobe Pagemaker to InDesign. InDesign is comprehensive and difficult to use, not user friendly. Also it costs a bundle! iStudio Publisher is an awesome product, it does everything and more that anyone could want in desktop publishing. It is quick and intuitive. Have you used the technical support? It is AMAZING. I email and within 24 hours, usually sooner, I get these comprehensive responses (from Andy). Every. Single. Time. And I’ve been using it for over 2 years. They even remember who I am!? I know, right?
I recently asked a question and in the response Andy said they were, in fact, incorporating that aspect into the newer version. . . . and he included current ways to do what I wanted to do. Support is for the lifetime of the product, I guess!
I highly recommend this, as a long time Adobe desktop product user, buy this instead, you will be happy and your bank account will be too!

Developer Response

Thanks Meg! We really appreciate your review and are always happy to help.

Easy to Use — Does What’s Needed


I’ve been using this app for years as a replacement for Adobe products. It’s easy and can be manipulated well, and honestly some features work better than its more expensive counterpart. Are you going to paint a masterpiece as you would in illustrator? No. Can you make an easy and smooth vector without pulling your hair out over overly intense settings? YEP! I honestly like using it better than the Adobe products I’ve used previously for ease and speed of use without too many options. Only downsides are that not many people have it/have access to it if you are sharing design files and it only exports into PDFs, which you then have to convert to alternative graphic files. Otherwise, does everything I need and more.

Developer Response

Many thanks Beth and great to hear you like iStudio! Anyone with a Mac can download a 30-day free trial of iStudio from our website, and even after the trial expires this can still be used to open and view iStudio documents shared by others.

So long Adobe InDesign

Doctor Gary

I have used Adobe InDesign for years and Page Maker before that. There is no doubt they represent the gold standard for page layout for most people. Unfortunately, the “leasing” price is a pain and InDesign has become too cumbersome for many users.

Enter iStudio Publisher. Wow! Easy to use and full-featured enough to satisfy 95% of current users of InDesign. Many of the commands are indentical to InDesign and the layout and use of the many varied tools is more intuitive. It has immediate access to to video tutorials, useful templates, and a concise rapid start guide. I really cannot understand how anyone could not be impressed with this application, especially for the price.

Happy to write this review for such well-thought-out product.

Developer Response

Thanks for the very positive comments and great to hear you’re enjoying the app.
We try to encourage everyone to take a look at the rapid start guide. It only takes a few minutes and tells you everything you need to get going.


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