iStudio Publisher Reviews & Product Details

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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is much less expensive than Adobe InDesign, and is easier to start navigating quickly within the program. For people needing a easy-to-use program to manipulate simple to somewhat complex projects, it is a great tool! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like how it can not export transparent file formats, such as .png. This makes some projects impossible, such as certain logo designs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are needing something cheap and easy to start designing, this is a great option. If you are wanting something for long-term commercial use, this may not be it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an online course creator, and have thus far designed all of my course materials within iStudio Publisher. Long term, I would like to either learn InDesign or hire out my graphic design work, but for now, this has helped my business get off the ground. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Andy Carrott of iStudio Publisher

Hi Andrew, many thanks for your review and feedback.

Although File > Export Document as PDF is the only image related export option available as an iStudio Publisher menu item, you can export to other image file formats via Preview. For more information please see iStudio's help pages, or email support@istudiopublisher.com.

We plan to add a new range of image export options to a future version of iStudio, including PNG with transparent background.

Thanks again, The iStudio Team.

iStudio Publisher Overview

What is iStudio Publisher?

iStudio Publisher is a powerful and intuitive page layout application for desktop publishing on Mac computers. It's ideal for designing a wide range of document types, including newsletters, brochures, adverts, flyers, booklets, invitations, menus, reports, posters, greetings cards, and yearbooks. Start with a professionally designed template or blank document of any size and produce beautiful, professional quality documents with ease. Export finished documents as PDF files or print them out. Please take advantage of the 30-day free* trial of iStudio Publisher available here: http://www.istudiopublisher.com/downloads/ * Try iStudio Publisher without entering any payment details. The 30-day free trial provides full functionality and no watermarks! After your 30-day trial expires any documents you have created during the trial will remain available to open and view - simply purchase a licensed copy to reenable the options save, print, and export.

iStudio Publisher Details
Languages Supported
English
Product Description

iStudio Publisher for Mac - perfect for creating stunning documents.


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iStudio Software
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I love the ease and access of all the inspectors and palettes. Switching between aspects and toolbars makes for a seamless design experience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I'm not finding a simple, easy to grab invisible guideline, (but that could be me...) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I make print labels for various products, information sheets, instruction booklets (of various layouts and number of pages) with graphics and images. I love the flexibility of iStudio. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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DESKTOP PUBLISHER
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

iStudio is always able to provide options for my work that are easy, yet comprehensive in options for what I need to do. I push the envelope frequently and am able to use iStudio for applications outside of what a normal layout program provides. Whether I am using iStudio for work or for personal jobs, it is always user-friendly and enjoyable to use! In addition, if I do find myself in need of one-on-one help, iStudio support responds within hours with clear and concise answers to my questions. If you are in doubt about purchasing iStudio, do it! You will will wish you had done so earlier!! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have been using iStudio for @10 years and I have not found anything that I dislike. It is very intuitive, the online information is thorough, and the development team is always adding very useful features and tweaking the existing features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try iStudio Publisher and compare the features and intuitive application to what you are currently using...then add the best customer support you will find with any system and you will understand why iStudio Publisher users and their clients are so satisfied. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I began desktop publishing as a second career several years ago and iStudio has allowed me to transition into this new field with a less stressful transition than if I had selected a different application. I tried some other desktop publishing options and had a difficult time in following the complication instructions. My work is primarily for industry, the details of which can be difficult to understand, so having a thorough but user-friendly layout program to do the work helps reduce the stress and time on each project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Ingeniero de Marketing
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

Tiene hermosas plantillas. Las pautas son fáciles de ajustar y controlar. Como diseñador, es fácil crear hermosos diseños profesionales si no puede permitirse InDesign. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Hay algunas caídas. Primero, es genial hacer una maqueta, pero nunca podría hacer ni un tercio de los componentes de diseño que myblsyputs requiere. Segundo, por alguna razón los archivos vectoriales se guardan de forma diversa y no se pueden abrir en un PC. Tercero, no es compatible con PC. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Facilita la realización de maquetas en el acto con los clientes. Además es amigable con la billetera. Puedo crear diseños de base y conceptos para fusionarlos en una gran idea a través de InDesign. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The pro is the price, and that's about as far as it goes. I used to work for a small independent publisher, and we played around with this to try to typeset in-house… but I would never consider using this professionally if you can afford InDesign. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's clunky; it's unintuitive – you have to click into different panels to get to different tools; it doesn't offer enough control over the page; keyboard shortcuts aren't as easy to find and use… etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As above, we were looking into typesetting in-house using iStudio, but swiftly realised that it just wasn't going to do the job. So I would not recommend it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Andy Carrott of iStudio Publisher

Thanks for your review and sorry to hear iStudio isn't working well for you. Tools can be selected by clicking their icons in the Toolkit, or via keyboard shortcuts. A small number of other tool selection shortcuts are provided, for example, double click a text box to auto-select the Text Tool and insert a text cursor. We've chosen to provide different tools for different tasks as many users find this approach helps to keep them orientated. Please contact us at support@istudiopublisher.com and we'll be pleased to offer more help and answer any specific questions you may have.

Graphic designer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

With I Studio Publisher, we can do page design and we can also create applications, produce brochures, announcements, infoems bulletins, in an easy and friendly way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about the tool is that it is only compatible for Mac. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is an easy, versatile program and with the tool I have been able to diagram, brochures. It serves to mount my own publications, designing simple pages and allows to make brochures, documents, cards, or presentations, among others. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Theatre Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

ease of use, it is simple and user friendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

need a SIMPLE CROP BUTTON ... to much hassle to crop Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You will love this!

So versatile.

Just needs an easy crop feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

making our playbills for theatre Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

I like the interface of this software very much. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is not a bad software but sometimes it shuts down. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is better than app I used before. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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marketing
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

easy platform to use no matter what age you are, it's very simple Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't dislike anything at the moment.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

making newsletters is a breeze Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to navigate through. Easy to publish. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There could be more tools involved to enhance experience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has made displaying work easy and quick. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Design
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It has beautiful templates. The guidelines are easy to adjust and control. As a designer, it’s simple to create beautiful professional layouts if you can’t afford InDesign. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There’s a few downfalls. First being it’s overall simple nature. Sure it’s great to do a mock up, but I could never do even a third of the design components that myblsyputs require. Second, for some reason the vector files save funny and you can’t open them on a PC. Third, not compatible with PC. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Spring for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator. Significantly better investment and overall performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes doing on the spot mock ups with clients easy. Plus it’s wallet friendly. I can create base designs and concepts to merge them into one big idea via InDesign. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Andy Carrott of iStudio Publisher

Hello Heather, thanks for your review and feedback.

Please email support@istudiopublisher.com about the problems you mentioned with saving vector files and opening them on a PC and we'll be pleased to help.

Best regards, The iStudio Team.

Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Value and features, great utility for the price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Would like some built-in picture enhancement tools for raw images. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Newsletter and flyers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Andy Carrott of iStudio Publisher

Many thanks for your review.

iStudio Publisher supports resizing, stretching, flipping, cropping, tiling, and changing the opacity of images, but doesn’t support any pixel based editing, or include image filters. We don’t have any present plans to add these image editing features, as we‘re busy developing other aspects of iStudio and have many new features and improvements planned. We recommend using a separate image editing app to prepare images before inserting them in an iStudio document.

Thanks again, The iStudio Team.

UH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Without great computer knowledge this program is so easy to use and has been a great asset to our business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I would like is many more recent files to be available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Please don't over complicate the program, we don't require the best graphic design program just the most user friendly at a reasonable price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The program is so versatile, whilst we only use the basic functions it is much more user friendly than other programs we have tried. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Response from Andy Carrott of iStudio Publisher

Hi, and thanks for your kind words. The maximum number of document files iStudio keeps in its recent documents list is determined by the value of the general system setting at Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Recent items. You can set this to a maximum value of 50. Best regards, The iStudio Team.

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Broadcast Media
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Ease if use and professional formats compatible Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I wish more format exports as Quarks and others and imports Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Before buying make sure your past work can be edited with the app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to work on Quark and after working as a freelancer I wasn’t sure if buying Quark for me was going to be a good move so I tried to find something similar but inexpensive and that how I ended up adding to my pro apps this app! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of use and user interface. Full-featured and very cost effective Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have not found anything to complain about with this software. That said, I don't fancy myself a power user Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For my purposes, and as I said previously I'm not a power user, this is all the program you'll ever need for publishing and layout. If you're like a lot of people I know and they work with proprietary files and share a lot, check to make sure you have the compatibility you'll need to accommodate your workflow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this for laying out brochure information and proposals for prospective projects. I have established a format and work with that, as you do with such efforts. I like that it is a Mac-based program that works much like all my other graphic programs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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