iCalamus
iCalamus
2.19

3.9

iCalamus free download for Mac

iCalamus

2.19
07 February 2019

Desktop publishing solution.

Overview

iCalamus is a desktop publishing solution that allows you to create documents with text, photos, and other visual elements. Some demonstration videos are available.

iCalamus has been developed completely new for Apple's operating system. iCalamus is an excellent choice for all layout purposes from simple posters and business letters over complex layouted magazines up to books and scientific works. Complete Unicode support and the smart PDF import offer easy access to creating and layout work. The reasoned user interface with its low learning curve guarantees for fast success. iCalamus doesn't limit your layout freedom by offering prepared layouts. Its practical tools offer all options for your own creative and productive layout work.

iCalamus is a modular program which will grow in future by external modules, even from third-party developers. Therefore invers Software will create an Open Development Area (ODA) and publish the plug-in interface. iCalamus has been developed in Objective C with intensive usage of Apple's Cocoa library.

You can import all image and text formats which are supported by macOS into iCalamus documents. Images from digital cameras scanners or iPhoto libraries can be imported as well as whole Web page content and PDF documents. Grab text content from large PDF documents easily for further text processing. Elaborated masking options and many predefined, partly dynamically changeable frame shapes offer freedom for creativity. Working in precise measurement units is the other side of the iCalamus world. Use virtual copies for multiple document elements and change them afterwards with a few mouse clicks.

Print output uses all printers which are supported by macOS. Optionally output documents in various PDF formats (e.g., PDF-X, encrypted PDF, PDF Fax).

What's new in iCalamus

Version 2.19:
New features:
  • Mojave (10.14) dark mode support
  • iCalamus2 now supports the Hardened Runtime on macOS 10.14
  • iCalamus2 is now notarized by Apple
Updates features:
  • Preferences: added option to disable autosve and versions
  • Preferences: added option to disable unused page formats
  • Disabled sandboxing of normal version to enable automatic updates with sparkle framework
  • Simplified crash reporting

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20 iCalamus Reviews

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Brumm
06 November 2008

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Wow, a professionell DTP app for 195 Dollars/129 Euros? Well, with all the white it looks a bit like early Quark versions, but it is really super fast, has a well thought-out interface, good comfort, many clever features. Compared to the price tag of Quark and Indesign this is just unbelievable. Trying out for 5 hours now, where are the bugs, is there any catch? Too poor I have bought Indesign CS3 a couple of month ago, I think I will try this app a bit longer before buying the CS4 update (....or not buying). Overall a very good first impression. Alltough a full featurered 30 day trial would be much better.
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Version 1.15
zlazkow
01 May 2019
To be competitive to the best in desktop publishing SwiftPublisher, it needs to be priced competitively, to be affordable at $20-$30.
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Version 2.19
Miner
26 June 2018
I was not aware iCalamus moved to LemkeSoft, of well deserved GraphicConverter fame. Feels like a good match! With that, the info on this MacUpdate page needs some heavy revisioning....
Like (3)
Version 2.17
anonymous-trout-1840
13 February 2017
Good for 90% of all possible layout jobs. If you want to layout the yellow pages, you need InDesign :). The engine is faster then iStudio Publisher, scrolls smooth on my MacBook Pro. I switched from iStudio Publisher because that app doesn't use paragraph and text styles. You need to copy and paste the styles there. Only 4 stars because it doesn't have a baseline grid (yet). The developer is very responsive and even replied on a sunday.
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Version 2.14
1 answer(s)
zlazkow
zlazkow
07 February 2019
interesting, I use SwiftPublisher, and it is superior to Apple Publisher in everything.
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Cattus-Thraex
12 February 2017
As compared to its competitors (Publisher Master and iStudio Publisher, or some other simpler e.g. Publisher Lite or even Pages, mainly the older version, which allows to link text frames) it is overpriced. I was one of its initial users,, but the developers did not keep their promise to add new features, e.g. to not lose footnotes, smth solved in the late 1990’s. If you wish to pay a lot of money for an overpriced app, do it, there are a lot of cheaper and more robust solutions.
Like (1)
Version 2.14
1 answer(s)
zlazkow
zlazkow
06 October 2018
it is overpriced compared to SwiftPublisher and iStudioPublisher. Standard price for such application is $30.
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badbadger
29 July 2016
There is no function baseline grid for the text. Even in Scribus is this function. Without this it is impossible to make a professional looking publication. CMYK support is not enough to name the application "solution for desktop publishing" Calamus is most suitable for creating school newsletters.
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Version 2.13
Jan-rybar
23 May 2015
It is not a real software, only a toy. Every REAL DTP software must support full docx import: iCalamus do not know footnotes, tabs... Great for a birthday party design, not for real work. That is a pity: InDesign needs a strong competitor. QXP is dying, Scribus and iCalamus are too simple. :(
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Version 2.08
Cattus-Thraex
16 January 2015
I have the same question like some 7 years ago, when I first purchased it: where are my footnotes?
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Version 2.08
George-Fidias
02 March 2014
Great software but no support: submitted an issue on 2014-02-01 19:07 CET - still waiting for an answer...
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Version 2.03
2 answer(s)
Ulf-Dunkel
Ulf-Dunkel
04 March 2014
I saw your statement here right now and immediately checked our email base - no issue report from you. Where did you send your issue report to, George? Ulf Dunkel (invers Software)
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George-Fidias
George-Fidias
04 March 2014
I sent you an email explaining how I submitted my issue report.
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MacUpdate-Lon
06 March 2012
It should be known that on the developer's site it does state: "You can use iCalamus for free. The unregistered version offers a lot." http://www.icalamus.net/icalamus/download.php?lan=en
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Version 1.26
Bentley
27 November 2010
This app looks like it does have some interesting features that others either don't have or have buried, and it is a bit cheaper than the retail price of either Quark or InDesign. However, I am confused by some of the comments here - I mean, why would you even want this app if you already have one of the "big guns" that are already established as industry standards? Sure, ID CS2 & CS3 are a few versions behind, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with them and they pretty much do it all. Especially if you also have the design suite which interacts easily between all of the programs - automatically updating changes made in Photoshop for instance. Where is the benefit of spending money on and learning yet another app that printers may have a harder time dealing with if it is not an industry standard app they are familiar with? A curious designer wants to know...
Like (2)
Version 1.23
2 answer(s)
Cattus-Thraex
Cattus-Thraex
18 May 2011
Your question(s) is/are justified, yet they are aside the issueȘ according to your logic, nobody would create a new app as lognas there is at least one similar to it! Otherwise, it is clear that a professional, already Quark or ID addict, would not switch to iCalamus. My reproach is yet of other type: iCalamus began in force, but still lacks some feature, which are absolutely necessary, e.g. footnotes—if a document have footnotes, they vanish. This cannot be admitted. Note that iCalamus is the ONLY application really usable by linguists and dialectologists, allowing to place as many diacritical marks as you need (e.g. more above or more below). Try to do that with any current DTP application, and you will see the difference. Such bold, but small competitors of giants should be encouraged, not discouraged to go on.
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Bousozoku
Bousozoku
21 October 2012
The original Calamus came from a time when Pagemaker and Ventura Publisher were the industry standards and there were quite a few light solutions. Calamus did a lot more, much more easily. To change your own question: Why would people switch to Quark Xpress (or InDesign later) when Pagemaker or Ventura Publishers were already there?
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$54.99

3.9

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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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