desktop publishing


: the production of printed matter by means of a desktop computer having a layout program that integrates text and graphics

Examples of desktop publishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both on the Mac and on the emerging Microsoft Windows platform, desktop publishing and computer graphics became much more popular as all the high end printers adopted PostScript. Michael J. Miller, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2023 Adobe became known for other aids to desktop publishing and professional imaging, notably Photoshop, which enables photographs to be altered in seemingly infinite ways. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 When desktop publishing came out, Grimes worked for the U.S. Government Publishing Office as a book designer for 20 years. Lyndi McNulty, Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2023 The launch of the Macintosh Classic was responsible for kickstarting a desktop publishing industry that saw the launch of countless special interest magazines that previously could only have been published by major conglomerates. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 Adobe’s technology was essential to what became a multibillion-dollar market in desktop publishing and, later, to the now ubiquitous PDF. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Mar. 2023 The advent of Postscript laser printers like the Apple LaserWriter in 1985, combined with the page layout application PageMaker from Aldus, created a killer application for the Macintosh: desktop publishing. IEEE Spectrum, 19 Jan. 2023 July 1985 Aldus PageMaker launches the desktop publishing market. Gil Press, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Since the advent of desktop publishing and sophisticated word-processing programs, in the late nineteen-eighties, there has been a strong emphasis on format in technical writing. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of desktop publishing was in 1984

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“Desktop publishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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