I'm looking for software that's suitable for writing all kinds of
documents - from an ordinary letter to technical handbooks with
hundreds to thousands of pages. I don't need anything to layout
promotion flyers, a magazine or a newspaper though. No, it doesn't have
to be the same programm for everything. And I want to produce output
with correct typographic quality, optimized for readability. The
software should make use of font features such as kerning, TrueCaps,
I know the LyX/LaTeX combo and I consider its output somewhat as THE
reference in terms of quality. Although I consider it also as somewhat
clumsy to use due to the "batchprocessor" principle which dates back to
the stone age of computers. And I don't want to have to learn to
"program" my own styles.
But what else does exist in the market of more "conventional" "word
processors" and "DTP" software that comes close?
I would guess that InDesign and Quark Xpress, in the hands of a
competent user, allow to produce results in high quality. But then I
don't really consider them as suitable for _writing_ (as opposed
to typesetting) letters, reports, manuals or books. Besides the fact
that they are hideously expensive.
How about the competitors? I.e.:
- Ventura (Windows only)
- MLayout (MacOS X only)
- iCalamus (MacOS X only)
I know Mellel (MacOS X only) and I really do like it. It seems to
produce better output than any other "word processor" available.
I've used Framemaker a looong time ago and I liked it as well, but I
can't judge it's output quality from memory any more.
The same applies for Wordperfect.
The output of MS Word or OpenOffice Writer doesn't even remotely come
close to what I would consider as "readable". In fact I consider these
as anti-examples both for usability and quality of output.
Any other ther "word processors"?
If this is covered in some FAQ, thanks for a pointer.
If not, and if I get enough answers, I might compile them into an FAQ
P.S.: I'm using a Mac, but Windows or Linux applications are ok as
well, thanks to VMware.