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Print Shop is a basic desktop publishing software package developed in the early 1980s by Brøderbund. It was unique in that it provided libraries of clip-art and templates through a simple interface to build signs, posters and banners with household dot-matrix printers. Over the years the software has been updated to accommodate changing file formats and printer technologies. Desktop publishing, or DTP, is the process of editing and layout of printed material intended for publication, such as books, magazines, brochures, and the like using a personal computer. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 60s and 70s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Brøderbund was a maker of computer games and educational software. ... A dot matrix printer or impact matrix printer normally refers to a type of computer printer with a print-head that runs back and forth on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like a typewriter. ...

The original version was for the Apple II and created signs, cards, banners, and letterheads. Designed by David Balsam and Martin Kahn, it became one of the most popular Apple II titles of all time. A version for the IBM PC followed, as did a variant for the Apple IIGS.

In 1986 the first Macintosh version was released. Featuring graphics by Marney Morris, it was the most powerful version at the time and had one of the most elegant interfaces in Mac history. Widely underappriciated, it was popular in schools and contained a unique feature in which graphics could be transferred to or from a MacPaint file.

Graphics libraries were a hot item for Print Shop, and came from Broderbund and other vendors. Libraries were produced for the original version and continued to be rolled out as late as the 1990s.

The New Print Shop came out in 1988 for Apple II and DOS, and improved on the original. Print Shop Deluxe, for Mac, DOS, and Windows, followed in 1993. Deluxe used a new all-graphical interface still found in Print Shop programs today and allowed for creation of calendars. Print Shop Deluxe Companion added new modules and graphics, and the Ensemble version combined Print Shop, the Companion, and several graphics libraries on one CD.

Many new versions of Print Shop followed, such as Ensemble II. Now over 20 years old, Print Shop continues to be the standard for greeting cards, banners, and signs.



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