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

The unregistered version of iCalamus already offers a cool feature: You can create professional photo books and calendars like in the full version and order high-quality prints at the Photographerbook company. The Photographerbook document service in iCalamus even supports iPhoto calendars (and iPhoto books coming soon) which can be printed at Photographerbook at a lower price.

iCalamus has been
What's New
Version 2.04:

Import

  • New: Import of TIFF or PSD images now also imports embedded vector clipping paths (if available). Use the Action menu option in the Content Inspector to use it as a clipping outline.
Output
  • Fix: Shadow flipping has been fixed.
Media Inspector
  • Fix: Recognition of Photoshop image resources enhanced.
  • Fix: Workaround for strange behaviour of OS X 10.9.1 which could cause the application to freeze.
  • Fix: Fixed media display when OS X reopens a document that has not been saved yet.
Photographerbook
  • Fix: Tiny bugs fixed.
Other Bugfixes
  • Fix: Various memory leaks closed.
  • Other bugs fixed.

Version 2.04:

Import

  • New: Import of TIFF or PSD images now also imports embedded vector clipping paths (if available). Use the Action menu option in the Content Inspector to use it as a clipping outline.
Output
  • Fix: Shadow flipping has been fixed.
Media Inspector
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later





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George Fidias reviewed on 02 Mar 2014
Great software but no support: submitted an issue on 2014-02-01 19:07 CET - still waiting for an answer...
[Version 2.03]

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Ulf Dunkel replied on 04 Mar 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 replied on 04 Mar 2014
I sent you an email explaining how I submitted my issue report.
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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 06 Mar 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
[Version 1.26]


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Bentley commented on 27 Nov 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...
[Version 1.23]

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Cattus-Thraex replied on 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 replied on 21 Oct 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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Pacman commented on 24 Nov 2010
These people know what they're doing; they've been in business for more than 22 years and have already made the best desktop publishing application worldwide (Calamus for Atari ST).
For quite a while, I've been wishing that Calamus existed for the Macintosh. This 'initial release' of iCalamus is promising; I look forward to see this as the major application for Mac, which makes people want a Mac.
For the developers: Keep up the good work; I believe you're among the few who can make a huge difference in software for the Mac!
[Version 1.23]


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Miner commented on 24 Nov 2010
There is a special at TheMacBundles.com this week for $75, and an anouncement that it will be on MacZot soon.

Still too expensive for me, and too advanced. I'll stick with BeLight Publisher for my needs.
Or my cherished copy of Canvas X!
[Version 1.23]


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Brookhaven commented on 24 Apr 2010
As it's on sale today for $79, I thought I would give it a whirl.

It does have a long list of impressive features, but there are some important gaps too. Three that stand out to me are that there is no Contents/Indexing facilities, no footnotes and no tables.

The app also crashed a couple of times when trying to set it up in a book format.

So still some way to go yet.
[Version 1.20]


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Rubaiyat commented on 20 Mar 2010
The problem with ALL OSX software using OSX's printer drivers and .pdf filters is that they will not produce files suitable for commercial printing.

Something that will not be remedied until Apple chooses to do something about it.

Only QuarkXpress and Adobe Indesign currently have industrial strength printing.
[Version 1.20]

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Soderberg commented on 27 Nov 2010
Does this (admittedly somewhat convoluted) workaround address the issue?

http://www.icalamus.net/tutorials/howto_create_pdfx.php?lan=en

I'm not a print/graphics professional, but I do need to do this kind of work done sometimes (for myself); since macZOT has this at $79 right now I am definitely looking at it.
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Soderberg commented on 28 Nov 2010
Ah, the cut & paste blues ... make that:

http://www.icalamus.net/tutorials/howto_create_pdfx.php?lan=en
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opeter commented on 10 Sep 2009
Sadly, there is no table support. If that one could be implemented, this would be a hell nice of an application!

Especially with the multilanguage support, that it got already.
[Version 1.16]


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brumm reviewed on 06 Nov 2008
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.
[Version 1.15]


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maclover1.1 commented on 17 Mar 2008
I cannot even start to rate this app. At first it seems wonderful.. yet I keep running into all types of bugs (I'm on a MacPro, 10.5.2). Bugs range from unresponsive text boxes, flawed text wrapping and many many others. At times I'm saved by my backed up files (not the automated ones since each time a file has gone corrupt on me... the automated backup is as flawed as well obviously) at other times I need to just close my file without saving it, reopen it and things are responsive again.. it gets very tiring and stressful. I really wanted something to replace IndDesign (which I used to replace XPress) I just hope this app gets stable or it can really be a misery in a beautiful disguise.. I cannot imagine I am the only one to have suffered this ?!
[Version 1.12]


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Ulf Dunkel rated on 13 Mar 2014

[Version 2.04]



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Pokari rated on 16 Jun 2011

[Version 1.24]


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License:Demo
Date:04 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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iCalamus is a desktop publishing solution that allows you to create documents with text, photos, and other visual elements. Some demonstration videos are available.

The unregistered version of iCalamus already offers a cool feature: You can create professional photo books and calendars like in the full version and order high-quality prints at the Photographerbook company. The Photographerbook document service in iCalamus even supports iPhoto calendars (and iPhoto books coming soon) which can be printed at Photographerbook at a lower price.

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 Mac OS X 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 OS X. Optionally output documents in various PDF formats (e.g., PDF-X, encrypted PDF, PDF Fax).


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