Hi all, I am looking for the right hardware and/or software for my business. I primarily need to be able to construct and print monthly sales presentation offers. These need to be of a high professional spec. I've used office and powerpoint and they are ok for basic printing of images, but I now need to move into the 21st century!
Are you going to print these yourself or send them out?
'but not necessarily the one you want'
If, the latter, I believe that a Mac and Quark (Express) which is the Industry standard software but you may have to pay £2,000, or so, for the two. This is not something that you can start using on a whim, there is a steep learning curve.
There are many, simpler, cheaper, programs out there and you can use a PC, but don't use M$ Publisher, no-one can read it's files.
I need to be able to print off an A4 sized promotions sheet, doing approx 300 a month. I want to be able to get images printed to a high quality as a background and be able to overlap it with print.
I am a sole trader in the hair and beauty business. These promotions sheets would be dropped into the salons every month with different monthly deals on them. As I am competing against the likes of L'oreal, wella etc, I need my marketing to be of a high quality, yet be possible for myself to accomplish!
As I said before, I've used powerpoint and word in the past, but it just looks too basic for my needs.
1. a PC ~ almost basic one will do. say £400 - £500.
2. A colour Laser Printer ~ see the PCA Reviews for recommendations, but £300 should do the trick. Even though Colour Lasers do not print at quite quality of Ink-jets, the page quality is good, it's faster, waterproof and the cost, per page, is considerably less.
3. Desktop Publishing Program ~ Serif has a good reputation and has a 'free' Version click here
I use an OKI C5600DN and its colour prints are great. That model is now out of production, but there are newer and probably better printers in OKI's on-line store. I also use Serif Page Plus X5 and have useds Serif's software ( and others ) for many years. Logon to click here and check out its offerings, but do not pay the suggested prices. They are always having special offers!