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    Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    Hi,
    I'm going to be printing (digitally) my first portfolio in five years.
    In the past I used InDesign for page layouts; it worked ok, I was able to plan out my print size to the nearest centimetre, but the program itself is large and clunky.
    The chief advantage of ID, for me, was that I could also easily account for photos that were to be printed on two facing pages, and mix up photos of all sizes.
    So I'm wondering if there's anything new I could use, or if ID is still the best option.
    If it matters, I'm using Mac OS 10.11.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    InDesign is still the best page layout program available. You could use something similar/easier but it would be lacking features. If you already know ID, it's your best choice.

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    After looking around more at what's out there, I'd tend to agree with you, Ed.
    Thanks

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    In Design is the updated Adobe Pagemaker, right? Before that it was Aldus Pagemaker.
    How about Quark Express? Is it still being used for professional layout work these days?

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    Quark died a while back, they really never made a good transition to OS X. ID has roots in Pagemaker, but basically is a completely different product now, it was several generations ago that it started as Pagemaker (and even then was pretty clear differentiation). I started on pagemaker when it was an Aldus product, enjoyed it as an Adobe product, used Quark a lot when it was dominant, and now ID is basically the only one left standing for serious professional work in prepress/design.

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    A printed portfolio; page lay-out and software? I must be a dinosaur. Since the mid m2Ks, I have used Photoshop to optimize a digital scan of a LF negative for an ink-jet print. I print the images I want in a portfolio and put them in an archival print storage box. Other presentstion cases and folders are possible.

    I don't understand the software and page layout question.What am I missing?

    Respectful, perhaps ignorant Cheers
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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    Drew, maybe others don't do this, but I plan out every page of my portfolio well in advance. It may take several weeks or a few months before I start the actual printing.
    I know the size of each photo, the sequence, what size each will be, which photo faces which, etc. all in advance.
    Some photos cover two pages, others are 3-4 to a page. There may be 25-50 different photos in one portfolio.
    The software is extremely helpful in planning out these things.
    Last edited by Ari; 30-Nov-2016 at 18:34.

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    Aren't you really talking about a book rather than a portfolio?

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    I posted the question because I'm planning a new portfolio, but the question could just as easily have applied to making a book.
    I like to play with size, sequencing and layout in every portfolio, having software to plan it out is a must.

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    Re: Planning Printed Portfolio: Any New Software Available?

    Quote Originally Posted by faberryman View Post
    Aren't you really talking about a book rather than a portfolio?
    This may just be a matter of word usage. I have always thought of a portfolio of images to be a collection of prints presented as loose unmounted prints or mounted, matted and ready to frame, and housed in some form of presentation case or box.

    I too have spent considerable effort in selecting, preparing and ordering what goes into the box. Don't think I have ever put together more than 20 images in a portfolio.

    Having done that, I suppose a bound book of the collection would be a next step as a convenient sales tool, but the images would not then be farmable prints. As a prospective buyer I would want to see the actual print before making a buy decision.

    These remarks are not intended to be criticism , but indicate that I still domn't "Get It."

    I welcome a clarification.
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