Desktop Publishing Downloads

Most of these download files are compressed with 7zip (.7z), and within them may contain raw disk images in .IMG format. To extract the data from the image files use WinImage.

Ventura Publisher

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
Ventura Publisher 1.1  

Ventura Publisher 1.1 is a desktop publishing program from Xerox. It runs on DOS and uses the GEM graphical environment.

This archive contains file zips of each disk, disk images, and label scans. To install, unzip the S1 zips to a folder and SUBST the folder for A:. Or use ImageDisk 1.18 to write the images to 360k disks.

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Ventura Publisher 2.0  

Ventura Publisher 2.0 is a desktop publishing program from Xerox. It runs on DOS and uses the GEM graphical environment. This archive contains file zips of each disk.

To install, unzip the zips to a folder and SUBST the folder for A:. Or unzip each to a floppy disk. The real credit goes to Bitsavers for archiving this fine piece of software.

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Ventura Publisher for GEM 3.0 -

This is the DOS version of the Ventura Publisher 3.0 desktop publishing software that uses the GEM graphical environment. This archive includes 7 720k disk images.

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Ventura Publisher for Windows 3.0 - This version was the first for Microsoft Windows. This file includes four 720k disk images: 3 installation disks and a last minute update patch disk. The setup and applications are 16-bit Windows 3.0 executables. Click
Ventura Publisher for Windows 4.0 - This file includes seven 720 KB disk images: 4 installation disks, 2 gallery disks, and a 4.01 upgrade disk. The setup and applications are 16-bit Windows 3.0 executables. Click
Ventura Publisher for Windows 4.1.1 -

This is the last version released by Ventura Software Inc.

Later versions were released under the product name "Corel Ventura" up until 2002.

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Ventura Publisher for Windows 4.2 -

Version 4.2 is the first release after Corel acquired Ventura Software.

This version adds fast font loading, support for Adobe Acrobat fonts, and includes Ventura Database Publisher. Otherwise, it was a fairly minor update.

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Aldus PageMaker

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
Aldus PageMaker 1.0   Wang OEM version Click
Aldus PageMaker 1.0   Standard 5.25" floppy disk version Click
Aldus PageMaker 1.0a   Wang OEM version Click
Aldus PageMaker 1.0a   Standard 5.25" floppy disk version Click
Aldus PageMaker 3.00   Standard 5.25" floppy disk version Click
Aldus PageMaker 3.01   Standard 5.25" floppy disk version for OS/2 Click
Aldus PageMaker 4.0   Standard 5.25" floppy disk version Click

PFS:First Publisher

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
ClickArt Personal Publisher 1.02 1986

ClickArt Personal Publisher is a simplified, Mac-like desktop publishing program. It was later purchased by Software Publishing Corporation and turned in to PFS:First Publisher, who then in turn sold it to Spinnaker Software where it became Easy Working Desktop Publisher.

It's understood that all "1.x" was under the ClickArt brand.

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PFS:First Publisher 2.01 1990

First Publisher, from Software Publishing Corporation, is a WYSIWYG word processor for DOS that excels as producing extremely high quality text and graphics print even using dot-matrix printers. This program originated as T/Maker Clickart. In 1991 Software Publishing Corp sold their PFS series to Spinnaker Software, where it became Easy Working Desktop Publisher.

This version for DOS supports Hercules Monochrome graphics, CGA, and EGA graphics.

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PFS:First Publisher 3.0 1990

This is an archive of an installed folder. (Full images of origional media wanted!) Extract to a folder on a hard drive and run the program.

To install extra fonts, you must copy individual fonts "in to" your master font file. You may have to remove fonts from you master font file first, as it is limited to a maximum number of fonts.

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GEM Desktop Publisher

Product Version Year of Release Comments Download
GEM Desktop Publisher 2.01 1988

GEM Desktop Publisher, from Digital Research, is a GEM 3.x based Desktop publishing program. It is not as sophisticated as Ventura Publisher. It uses a VMM (Virtual Memory Manager) in place of EMS/XMS, and requires a hard disk. It can be used with GEM Artline to provide illustrations.

To install, run INSTALL.APP from within GEM 3.

A large amount of conventional memory must be free before Desktop Publisher will run. Disable any unnecessary devices and memory resident programs to free enough space. The MS-DOS utility MEMMAKER can be used to optimize conventional memory. Memory usage statistics can be checked with the MEM command under DOS.

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