INTERNET URLs, DTP, and PREPRESS



The one big problem putting together this list of DTP and graphics-related Internet sites is thinking of what to leave out. As there is so much available, I've spent too much time searching and viewing and I've almost run out of time to write this article. So without any further delay, here's a round-up, in no particular order, of what the WWW has to offer for those of us interested in DTP, graphics or publishing.

Adobe http://www.adobe.com includes information on Photoshop, PageMaker and Illustrator. Tutorials, demos, Plug-in filters and program updaters can all be downloaded. For further PageMaker sites try the PageMaker FAQs Jumplist at http://www.sc.purdue.edu/homes/gwp/Pagemaker.html.

Photoshop Sites are found at http://www.fns.net/~almateus/photos.htm, Kai's Power Tips and Tricks for Photoshop http://the-tech.mit.edu/KPT, Photoshop f/x Online Companion http://www.vmedia.com/vvc/onlcomp/ phshpfx/index.htm, and Mock's Place http://www.primenet.com/~mock, all feature Photoshop information and tutorials, free Plug-in filters and extra brushes can be downloaded too. MetaTools http://www.metatools.com looks like no other web site and is a must for all Photoshop users.

http://www.serif.com feature their range of Windows DTP software, including PagePlus3. Available as free downloads are fully working versions of both PagePlus Intro and DrawPlus Intro.

For QuarkXPress information and free Xtension add-ons (including Bobzilla and Thing-A-Ma-Bob) try Quark Systems Inc. http://www.quark.com. The world's most complete collection of Quark Xpress extensions, updaters and other information is at ftp://ftp.telalink.net/pub/quark. Xchange Online! who publish add-on Xtensions for Xpress are at http://www.xpsi.com and The Xpresso Bai http://www.halcyon.com/bobgale/xpresso.html features articles on Xpress with many links to related sites.

Polaroid http://www.polaroid.com have an excellent 'must see' site, packed with details of instant film systems, their history, and creative uses. Kodak http://www.kodak.com includes a digital image and PhotoCD sample archive.

Windows Shareware World is the first place to visit for Windows shareware. http://coyote.csusm.edu/cwis/winworld/winworld.html, for the Mac, try ftp://ftp.utexas.edu/pub/mac, or ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/computing/systems/mac/. Once you have downloaded your files, you may need to decode them. Aladdin Systems http://www.aladdinsys.com features their range of such utilities, and STUFFIT-Lite is available as a free download. It can decode or uncompress almost any Mac or PC file you'll find on the Internet.

For fonts and typography:
Typofile Magazine http://www.will-harris.com/type.htm. The Internet Typeface Design Project http://www.arlington.com/~reckless/ITDP.html. The Internet Font Browser http://cuiwww.unige.ch/InternetFontBrowser.html. The Internet Font Archive http://jasper.ora.com/comp.fonts/ifa/ifa3.htm. The Comp Fonts Home Page http:''jasper.ora.com/comp.fonts. They are all worth a visit. For the very latest trends in type and typography, try both FUSE95:Forum for Experimental Typography http://www.contrib.net.fuse95 and http://www.emigre.com.

One of my favorite sites, and another 'must see' is Graphion's Online Type Museum http://www.slip.net/~graphion/museum.html. The Old Phototypesetter Tales section is a fascinating history of type-setting, recalling the early days, through to the 1950's, 60's, and 70's, then coming right up to date with the latest technologies.

DTP:
Oblivion Grafix http://www.primenet.com/~oblivion, DTP Internet Jumplist http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/gwp/dtp/dtp.html, Get Info http://www.winternet.com/~jmg/GetInfo.html, Prepress and DTP Center http://www.ledet.com/prepress, and Graphics News http://www.mcs.net/~bcleach/illusions/new.html are all great places for DTP and prepress information, and most feature add-ons to download for the popular software packages.

Newsgroups:
Newsgroups are a very good source of DTP information, and offer a question and answer format. There are many available, including Postscript issues news:comp.lang.postscript, Desktop publishing news:comp.text.desktop, FrameMaker news:comp.text.frame, Prepress issues news:comp.publish.prepress, Fonts and type news:comp.fonts, Freehand news:alt.aldus.freehand, graphics news:comp.graphics, PageMaker news:alt.aldus.pagemaker, misc. graphics news:comp.graphics.misc, and Photoshop news:comp.graphics.apps.photoshop.

Images: For images try the Alt.Binaries.Pictures utility archive http://mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu/~deej/index.html.

Online Image Archive http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/images/images.html.

Sandra's Clip Art Server http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/sjl/clipart.html.

Photography:
For photography Time Life has a Photo Sight gallery http://pathfinder.com/photo/sighthome.html.

Design:
Looking for interesting design or something a little different? Try Portfolio http://www.nois.nll/portfolio for a showcase of designers' work, or ReZ.n8 http://www.rezn8.com for a very different approach to web design.

Operating Systems:
For general help on operating systems, Macintosh Tips and First Aid http://hypatia.dartmouth.edu/~curtin/mac/mac.html, and The Windows 95 Home Page http://www.windows95.com are useful.

Other:
The Editorial Eye http://www.eei-alex.com:80/EYE/ includes information and guides for editors, reporters, or just about anyone involved in writing or publishing, whether print or electronic based.

Freehand, Director or Fontographer users will find plenty of hints and tips at Macromedia! http://www.macromedia.com, with plenty of add-ons to download too.

High end scanning and output systems are covered by Linotype-Hell http://www.linotype.com, Silicon Graphics http://www.sgi.com showcase their graphics workstations and have plenty of freebies to download. Alias Wavefront http://www.alias.com feature 3D modelling and rendering software. A superb site for anyone interested in scanning is based upon the book "Make Your Scanner a Great Design and Production Tool" http://www.hsdesign.com/scanning, covers all you need to know to start scanning, and plenty of great creative ideas too.

Now, and with nothing to do with DTP, two sites which were a big distraction during my searching. Friends! http://new.math.uiuc.edu:80/~jrubenst/friends.html is great fun if you like the TV show of the same name. Face on Mars http://www.psrw.com/~markc/mars.html is a very interesting site, based around space probe images on Mars, that seem to show giant face shaped craters on the planets surface, visit the site for the full story!

Finally, please feel free to contact me at Andrew.Davidson@onyx.octacon.co.uk. I welcome any feedback, and if you have any DTP-related questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

-CONTACT: Andy.





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