Full Form of DTP

What is the full form of DTP?

Desktop publishing (DTP) is the full form of DTP. DTP or Desktop Publishing is computer software used to design graphics and documents formatting like book page formatting and designing, magazine pages, card designing, or other material formatting for printing on paper. The DTP software provides better control over the design and layout of a page as compared to the word processor.

There are two types of pages in desktop publishing: electronic pages and virtual paper pages to be printed on physical paper pages. All computerized documents are technically electronic, which are limited in size only by computer memory or computer data storage space. Virtual paper pages will ultimately be printed, and will therefore require paper parameters coinciding with standard physical paper sizes such as A4, letter paper, and legal paper.

History of DTP

Desktop publishing (DTP) was first developed at Xerox PARC in the 1970s.A contradictory claim states that desktop publishing began in 1983 with a program developed by James Davise at a community newspaper in Philadelphia.The program Type Processor One ran on a PC using a graphics card for a WYSIWYG display and was offered commercially by Best info in 1984.(Desktop typesetting with only limited page makeup facilities had arrived in 1978–1979 with the introduction of TeX, and was extended in 1985 with the introduction of LaTeX.)

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Popular Desktop Publishing  (DTP) Applications are:

  • Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe PageMaker
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Microsoft Office Publisher
  • Corel Ventura
  • org
  • QuarkXPress
  • PagePlus
  • Express Publisher
  • Ventura Publisher
  • Scribus etc.

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