|On July 10, 1985, Aldus Corporation
introduced PageMaker 1.0 for the Apple Macintosh, beginning the era of
desktop publishing. The software, developed by Paul Brainard, allowed desktop
computers to create brochures, advertisements and other sophisticated
materials for printing. PageMaker for the IBM PC followed in December 1986.
Aldus Corporation took its name from Aldus Manutius, a leading publisher and printer of the Venetian High Renaissance, whose innovations included the invention of italic type and the introduction of small books in inexpensive formats (octavos) that were read much like modern paperbacks.
In 1994, Adobe Corporation acquired Aldus Corporation renaming the desktop publishing software as Adobe PageMaker. PageMaker was ultimately replaced by Adobe InDesign.
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