iCalamus Updated for Mac Document Publishing

The multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac now supports iPhoto 08/09/11 and Aperture 3 calendar and photo book documents.

When you think of document creation applications, probably the first thing that comes to mind is Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress. With reason, since these are time-tested apps for the creation of professional-grade publications. But for whatever reason, not everyone has access to these market-leading applications. In that case, there are modestly-priced alternatives that can provide surprisingly robust page layout capabilities. On the Mac platform one of the more notable is iCalamus, which has been around for some years.

Developed in Objective C with intensive usage of Apple's Cocoa library, iCalamus is said to take full advantage of the OS X operating system, offering Unicode support and a Smart PDF import for creating mockups. It can support all image and text formats supported by OS X and can grab text content from large PDF documents for further text processing. Images from digital cameras, scanners or iPhoto libraries can be imported, as well as complete web pages. Print output supports all printers and iCalamus can optionally output documents in various PDF formats (e.g. PDF-X, encrypted PDF, PDF Fax).

New in version 1.21 is support for iPhoto 11 and Aperture 3. In addition, a new PDF Import Assistant eases the creation and ordering of photo books and calendars from iPhoto and Aperture.

iCalamus can be purchased on the invers Software site for $198. A trial version is also available for download.