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Desktop Publishing for Mac. A powerful, intuitive page layout application, perfect for anything you want to design and print.

iStudio Publisher makes it easy to create stunning, professional quality documents, including newsletters, brochures, adverts, flyers, booklets, invitations, menus, reports, posters, greetings cards, and yearbooks. Start with a professionally designed template or a custom sized blank document.

Anyone can master iStudio Publisher quickly, regardless of age or experience.

New to desktop publishing and page layout? Our video tutorials and Rapid Start Guide will get you up and running within minutes.

Experienced? You'll love iStudio Publisher’s sophisticated features, such as writing text along any path, text flow linking, two-page spread editing, booklet making, drag and drop page duplication and reordering, tools for complex shape construction, and comprehensive built-in help.

The user interface places everything in easy reach, so you spend more time creating and less time finding elusive features. It has all the tools you need to design great looking documents, whether for professional artwork or school homework projects. Comprehensive Inspectors hold everything to manage your layout and to format shapes, text and images.

The result is an uncluttered desktop that’s a pleasure to use, with more space for getting the job done.

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iStudio Publisher has all the features you'd expect from a layout package:
• Shape size and alignment
• Stroke style, color fill and image fill
• Shadows
• Character and paragraph styling
• Text columns
• Text wrapping
• Support for Apple dictation
• Quick Look document preview
• Tabbed document windows

It also has some great sophisticated features:
• Master pages
• Custom page sizes
• Font sizes up to 9999 pt
• Contextual info bar showing all key modifier combinations
• Keystroke constraints for shape editing
• Comprehensive hyperlink support
• Page duplication and reordering
• Separate thumbnails window – drag and drop document organisation
• True spread editing – place content across the fold
• Automatic page numbering
• Bleed and crop marks
• Export documents as PDF booklets and readers spreads
• Flow text between shapes and lines, across pages and spreads
• Multiple document views, with independent zoom and view settings
• Working space at the side of document pages, which isn't printed
• Smooth pan and zoom up to 10,000%
• Text in any shape, at any angle
• Text along any line or curve
• Powerful control over shape corners
• Set multiple shape properties simultaneously
• Insert multiple plain text, RTF and media files (image/PDF/AI) simultaneously
• Adjustable snap grid
• Independently set opacity for stroke, fill, image and text
• Text inset for any shape
• Multiple text columns in any shape
• Sophisticated text inset and outset – smooth contours around complex shapes
• Rulers that auto scale and auto label
• Text View mode
• Live preview mode
• Auto save
• Show baselines, text glyph outlines and text wrap runarounds
• Stretch text horizontally and vertically

Tools to help you design:
• Comprehensive Shape Library
• Powerful Head Up Display shape creation
• Reshaping Tool – edit any shape's nodes and curves

Powerful image manipulation and cropping:
• Change DPI
• Comprehensive scaling and fitting options
• Align, flip and rotate images within shapes
• Image tiling – create a repeating pattern from a single image

Compatibility and sharing:
• Insert plain text, RTF and a wide range of media types, including: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF, EPS and AI
• Export PDF, booklet PDF, PDF with readers spreads, EPUB and RTF files

iStudio Publisher does not include support for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (CJK) text input.

What’s New

Version 1.5.2

iStudio 1.5.2 contains minor bug fixes.
In-App Purchases have been removed and the features are now included for free.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Peter from Purley ,

A Unique and Valuable Tool for the Committed Mac User

When I converted to an all “Mac” enviroment I missed the feel of the Mircosoft “Office” suite, and after around six months of trying to get on with the Mac equiverlants, I bought Office 365. No looking back, however I was disappointed to find MS Publisher is not made for the Mac. I had an urgent need to produce a professional publication to go out to around 4000 homes, and knew the restrictions of MS Word would make using that a non-starter for a multipage document. I did my research, and rejected a good number because of cost or problems people had found with the software.

At first iStudio seems too good to be true. Great reviews, low price. The way it works also seems strange when you first open it. However if you persist you will be hansomely rewarded. Once you understand that EVERYTHING starts by being placed in it’s own box, be it titles, text, pictures graphics; the ease of moving and editing the boxes is a breeze. Rerpurposing a document is so simple, and saves a great deal of time. I am yet to find something it can’t achieve in a complex layout. Buy iStudio, put in the time to understand how it works, and it will become one of your favourite office tools.

Developer Response ,

Hi Peter, many thanks for your excellent review and great to hear iStudio has been working well for you.

ttrust20 ,

A great update, excellent value

I have been a long-time user of several “high end” (aka very expensive!) DTP programs, and I only picked this up to see what it was like and to give it a try for laying out a book cover. I have to say that it exceeded all expectations. I was half-expecting a clunky, amateur level program - but what I got was something that delivered 85% of what some $1K programs deliver at price that bears no relation to the level of content. You can do serious work with this. I have been using the previous version for a few months, and it has been very stable. This new update includes several very helpful new features. One thing I’d like to see included as a priority in the next update is the ability to export a complete layout as a JPG or TIFF, as this is very useful for producing web content or promotional illustrations. Some in-built spell checking would also be helpful. Other than that, this really does offer a very comprehensive set of intuitive DTP tools. I have produced several book covers with it, some posters, and a CD package - all delivered for professional printing and the results are indistinguishable from those produced with costly “high end” options. It is extremely easy to use and to navigate around. I really have no complaints. A great job, and just a few more tweaks will make it unbeatable in the cost-effective page layout market. Well done iStudio Publisher!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the very kind comments, and glad you're enjoying the new update. We've had a lot of requests for image export capabilities, so it's now high on our to-do list. Although File > Export Document as PDF is the only image related export option available as an iStudio Publisher menu item, you can print to other image file formats via the standard OS X print dialog and Preview, as follows:

1. In iStudio Publisher, choose menu option File > Print.
2. In the print dialog box, click the "PDF" button and choose "Open PDF in Preview”.
3. In Preview, choose menu option File > Export (or File > Save As on some versions of OS X).
4. Choose Format: JPEG, PNG or TIFF.
5. Set the save location and filename and click the "Save" button to finish.
6. If required, open the image in Preview or other image editing app and crop to size.

iStudio Publisher does have built-in spell checking, but it doesn’t yet offer the checking as you type. Use the key combination ‘⌘;’ to run the checker, or choose menu option Edit > Check Spelling…

Vestibules ,

Indispensable for everyday use

This is a fantastic app for the money and very simple to use. You don't have to create complex documents for it to be useful - we've found it invaluable for 'quick' jobs where we just want to knock something together and print it, like labels, door hangers, notes (a note from the tooth fairy is a good one).

My kids use it for their school work, and just about anything they want to quickly lay out and print. They are really keen on tracing at the moment, so they just drag a few images in from web pages, arrange them on a page and print them out ready for tracing. Takes about 1 minute.

We've had the desktop version for a while, and so far we've also used it for loads of things like creating music manuscript, coloured lined writing paper, reward charts for the kids ('star' charts for them to tick off), flyers for our community, school notices…the list goes on.

We'd find it hard to do without it now, and I can thoroughly recommend it.

*** Update ****
After several years of using this app, I still find I frequently depend on it. I’m not sure what they did when they designed it, but it seems really easy to put stuff where you want it on a page. They clearly got something right.

Just installed 1.3
Personally I’m really pleased, as it contains loads of stuff I’ve been wanting for ages. My favourite is definitely drag n drop page rearrangement.

Developer Response ,

Very glad you like the design. We aimed for clearly arranged real estate on the UI.


iStudio Software Limited
28.8 MB

OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor



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In-App Purchases
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  2. Speed Boost (Image & PDF)
  3. Dark Mode Support


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.