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The Basics

Ready, Set, Go has the fewest hardware equipment needs--a minimum installation requires just 2MB RAM and 5MB of hard-drive space. This program runs on virtually any Macintosh system and is native on the PowerMac. The entire program came on three 31|2-inch floppy disks.

Home Publisher, on the other hand, comes on a CD-ROM disk and consumes more than 15MB of hard-drive space. It also needs a full 8MB RAM. Home Publisher is also native on PowerMacs but requires a minimum 68030 processor.

Ready, Set, Go is marketed as a high-end desktop publisher for the home office rather than a beginner's tool. This distinction is worth noting if you're a seasoned desktop publisher with aspirations of designing all the artwork yourself. Ready, Set, Go's robust features include plenty of compatibility with higher-end desktop publishing programs and the ability to import numerous graphics and file formats. It also has a greater ability to manipulate images.

Home Publisher, on the other hand, is limited to PICT, TIFF (grayscale only) and EPS images. This program is truly for the novice publishing market, with the features to match. To add value to this program, Adobe has included more than 2,000 clip-art images on the CD-ROM disk as well as two well-known Adobe products: Adobe Type Manager, which improves on-screen font resolution, and Adobe Acrobat Reader, for viewing and printing files created on one type of computer system on other systems.

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This article was originally published in the October 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Easy Does It.

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