DTP Principles: Better Documents By Design

DTP Principles is an introductory guide to desktop publishing and typography which I produced in 2003, based on a series of articles I had written for RISC User magazine in 1999. From the back cover:

The publisher, Alligata Media, has decided to allow the booklet to be released as a free download in PDF format, and so I am hosting a copy on this site. However, please note that excellent quality printed copies are still available for purchase very inexpensively by anyone who wishes to buy the physical version. Details of how to obtain the printed booklet are supplied below.

Please note that this booklet is still copyright material, and appears here by courtesy of Alligata Media. DTP Principles may not be reproduced elsewhere in any form without the agreement of the publisher. Anyone wishing to republish part or all of this material should contact me in the first instance.

Front cover Download DTP Principles in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format (2.8Mb)
(High-quality version for use in Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, RiScript 5, Apple Preview and similar; see below if you have problems with this version)
Back cover

Using the PDF

When viewing the PDF, note that it is quite comprehensively hyperlinked: as well as a complete set of bookmarks, clicking on certain pieces of text (including email and Web URLs) will cause things to happen. Most usefully, clicking an article title on the contents page will move the view to the corresponding article, whereas clicking the main heading at the top of an article will return the view to the contents page.

The PDF can be downloaded to your computer and saved to disk for viewing at your leisure in your choice of software (be it Adobe Reader or some other viewer application). You may need to do something special to bring up a 'download to disk' option in your Web browser, depending on your choice of browser and computer system. If clicking on the PDF link above causes the PDF to open within your browser's window, you should be able to find some means of saving a copy to disk so that you don't lose it when you close the window. Determining exactly how to do this is up to you!

The high-quality PDF file linked above is the version that most people should use. However, certain PDF-viewing applications exist (notably RiScript 4 and PDF for RISC OS, and presumably other conversions of the Unix xpdf software) which are incapable of displaying PostScript Type 1 fonts embedded within a document. The likely result of trying to view DTP Principles with such software will be pages with lots of blank areas where pieces of text should be, and/or unpleasantly stretched pieces of text that clearly look wrong. If you suffer from this problem, then you should instead download an alternative low-quality version of DTP Principles:

Download alternative DTP Principles PDF (degraded quality version with Type 3 fonts, 1.4Mb)

This alternative version has been produced in a different way, and works acceptably well with such software. It may look a lot less nice than the standard version (depending on your software), and it substitutes alternative fonts for the body text and various examples, but it is at least usable.

I'd like to express my thanks to Mrs Tonnie Demarteau for her assistance in the creation of this alternative version.

Obtaining the printed booklet

The paper version of DTP Principles takes the form of an A4-size 20-page magazine-style booklet. It has been printed to the highest commercial standards on extremely good quality paper, and features a full-colour cover, both inside and out. (Things that are in full colour in the PDF are also in full colour in the printed version!) Copies may be ordered for just £2 each from:

Alligata Media c/o APDL
39 Knighton Park Road
London SE26 5RN

Tel. 020 8778 2659
Web www.apdl.co.uk

The booklet may also be bought in conjunction with an accompanying CD-ROM, with a choice between Ovation 1 (now Iyonix compatible), 75,000 items of clip-art or 5000 photos on the CD. For full details of availability and pricing please contact APDL.

Note: the PDF version available here is a slightly revised edition which contains a handful of minor corrections over the printed edition. However, the only significant differences between the two versions are as follows:

  1. The figure 2 illustration on page 9 appears as intended in the PDF version; this fell foul of a printing error in the original booklet, and the most important part of its contents vanished!
  2. In the PDF edition, an extra information box appears on page 17, concerning the fonts used in DTP Principles.

DTP Principles is copyright © 2003 Richard Geoffrey Hallas and Alligata Media