70 Coolidge Hill Road

Watertown MA  02472

617-926-0300

Local Supplier of

 Traditional and Digital Printing Services since 1985

 

Software We Own and Use

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Adobe Creative Cloud Software is a software suite that we subscribe to.  This means that we always have the most up to date version of the the Adobe Software titles, fonts and support from Adobe.  Below are the primary software titles we utilize.

Adobe Indesign is the page and text layout software we use for most of the work we do for clients that need Business Cards, Letterheads, Envelopes and marketing material. We use this in conjuction with photoshop and Illustrator.  This software is part of the creative cloud suite

Adobe Illustrator is a vector based illustration tool.  We like Vector based graphics because they are scalable bigger or smaller without quality loss.  Illustrator can open Acrobat files in certian cases so they can be updated. This software is part of the creative cloud suite

Adobe Photoshop is the premier picture and bitmap graphic manipulation software.  We use photoshop to inspect the quality of pictures and bitmap graphics. This software is part of the creative cloud suite

Adobe Acrobat Professional Software is the full version of the Acrobat Product.  We use it to inspect supplied PDF files.   PDF files are the perferred software format that you can supply your artwork in.  We like PDF files better than native files from most other software packages you may have access to.  This software is part of the creative cloud suite

Enfocus Pitstop Pro 13 is a PDF inspection software add-in to Adobe Acrobat we use to validate the quality of supplied PDF files.  This tool is capable of inspecting the elements inside a PDF file and to fix common problems detected.  This 800 dollar enhancement allows us to provide you better printing by evaluating your files to find problems before they go to press, rather than afterwards.  We have been using this tool since version 5.

 

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CorelDraw Graphics suite is similar to Adobe Creative Suite.  It does a few things better the the Adobe products.  We have been using CorelDraw since Version 1.  Originally purchased it because it came with a very complete collection of Fonts and Clip Art.  I find that it does an excellent job of converting Bitmap images to Vector graphics.  It contains an extensive library of import and export conversion tools allowing us to access a wide range of file types so we may edit document in CorelDraw even though the file was created in other software.

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Office Productivity Software

Microsoft Office is everywhere.  It is also, unless you are very careful and knowledgeable, a terrible way to create files for printing.  We had directly supported Office programs, but no longer do so. Now in order to get a file that looks the way you see it on your computer, we want you to save your files as a high quality PDF, and send the PDF file to us.  This insures that we get a file to open that is WYSIWG,  or we get a file that looks like what you intended.  Word, Powerpoint and Publisher are the three programs we see most often.  Do not be surprised if the PDF file in some way fails on graphics or formatting, it is very common.  Call for assistance.

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Saving Files as a PDF in Office.  2 choices. Save as a PDF with Office's built in PDF creator and email the file saved.  Remember to set the file to "High Quality PDF" to get the best quality images in the file.  Download, and install our print to PDF printer driver and use the print command to send a file to our server, get an on line proof, approve it and we will be informed that the file was sent.

Open Source Software

We support and recommend open source software if you are on a Budget.  These software packages offer "free" software that will create professional quality files. They are MAC, PC, and Linux compatible.  They often support multiple Languages.  We offer these packages to you as a suggestion, but can not be responsible if you have issues with installing the software or supporting the software.  Refer to the Project home page to get support.

Spreadsheet, Wordprocessing, Office Automation

LibreOffice Open Source Project is a Community based software project that provides a very good set of programs that are similar to MicroSoft Office, or Corel Wordperfect.  It includes writer, spreadsheet, and several other tools similar to Office.  This is "free" software, in that you can download it and use. Libre Office creates very usable PDF files. which we can work with.  This software was created from Open Office which was its forerunner.  The project can be found here.

PAGE LAYOUT

Scribus Open Source Project is a community based software solution that provides users with Layout program that is similar to PageMaker and early Indesign.  The software is free to use, try and use  The project can be found here.

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Font Sources

Google Fonts are more beautiful, readable, accessible and open.  682 font families are available

 

Google Fonts makes it quick and easy for everyone to use fonts, including professional designers and developers. We believe that everyone should be able to bring quality typography to their projects

 

All of the fonts are Open Source. This means that you are free to share your favorites with friends and colleagues. You can even customize them for your own use, or collaborate with the original designer to improve them. And you can use them in every way you want, privately or commercially — in print, on your computer, or in your websites.

 

Many of Google's own web pages are already using Google Fonts, such as Google's About page and Google's World Wonders Project which use Open Sans.

— The Google Fonts Team

 

This is a link to a alternative installer of Google Fonts through Fonts.com

Dafont.com is a website that has a wide range of avant guard, far out, decorative, fonts.  It does a good job of providing hints as to the style of a group of fonts on the home page.  When you are looking for something different, this is a good source of experimental fonts.

 

The fonts presented on the dafont.com website are their authors' property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The license mentioned above the download button is just an indication. Please look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated author's website for details, and contact him if in doubt. If no author/license is indicated that's because we don't have information, that doesn't mean it's free.

 

Brookline Print Center for a variety of reasons wants to inform you of copy-write and license issues.  We expect that you the author will respect copy write licenses of components of the files you create and will not provide work that is in violation of a license.  When in doubt, it is wise to use open source fonts or fonts that come with your software to avoid any problems. You agree to hold Brookline Print Center harmless should your use of a font or image violate a license.

 

 

 

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