desktop publishing


Definition of desktop publishing

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

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Much as lithography opened up the possibilities of layering images and mass production, the advent of desktop publishing gave those powers to anyone who could afford a computer. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Steve Jobs: Text of his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech," 16 June 2019 The most obvious is desktop publishing, which came right out of the Macintosh, right? Recode Staff, Recode, "How ‘hackers, founders, and freaks’ built Silicon Valley," 3 Aug. 2018 Among them are construction, auto mechanics, culinary arts, nursing, welding, robotics, dental assisting and desktop publishing. Julie Gallant,, "Students raising money for national SkillsUSA contest," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of desktop publishing

1984, in the meaning defined above

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