User Voices

What do those who already work with iCalamus, think about iCalamus?

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!!! I have downloaded 2.15, and opened a new document. Lovely, simple, pure, gorgeous screen. Lovely rulers. Lovely measurements.
Happy as a clam!
Now it is down to work, learning the ins and outs of this software. Your tip on moving the PDF to Text Edit works. Took me a little while, but I figured it out. When the Pasted PDF hits the Text Edit, it must be saved as RTF and closed. Then it can be opened again and edited. I tried to edit it immediately in TextEdit but nothing happened.
Again, thank you. Your company is a bright spot in very troubled world.
Jennifer W.
You have created a very good app and I speak as a long-time InDesign and QuarkXpress user who can no longer justify the expense of such applications. I'll look forward to learning iCalamus more and more with every new job I do now.

I have found it refreshing that, even when I encountered a few problems in my early days with the app, I was able to receive help from a real person (Ulf Dunkel), who worked tirelessly to help me resolve the issue. I can't recommend iCalamus highly enough. And I've been a designer using Quark and InDesign for several decades. I won't be going back to those (in my view) overpriced apps any more.
John M.
iCalamus has a lot of power, as I'm slowly discovering. It's learning how to use everything that's under the hood that is a little problem for me--probably because I used another page layout program for so many years. But I really like it!
By the way, I've used In Design before, and didn't like it at all. You seem to have made a much better designed product, and I appreciate that!
David L.
One word about your software: I have come a long way using page layout software since 1985: ReadySetGo, PageMaker, QuarkExpress, FrameMaker, InDesign, and lately Scribus. I find iCalamus up to the most strict standards and amongst the best. Good work indeed.
R. Cid
Well Done Ulf This has to be one of the most comprehensive DTP Programs that I have used. In all my years of Publishing, (And I have used quite a few DTP programs believe me). This has to be my all time favourite. Well done Ulf.
London City Graphics (Mac App Store)
Nice upgrade to Pagemaker - This is a friendly and powerful layout and DTP program. It may not be as powerful as InDesign, but then it doesn't cost as much either. Icalamus reminds me of Pagemaker, but is smoother, smarter and more powerful. Especially the typographic functions are excellent, and one can easily tell that the makers of this program are DTP experts. This software is not really for entry level users or beginners, to fully use the software it is helpful to have some basic understanding about layout and typography.This software does not come with lots of templates or clip art, as some of the budget competition do. You have to make your own templates. The user guide is brief but functional. It is not a learning book about layout or typography. Support is fast and friendly.For those with experience of layout, typography and DTP - I highly recommend this program.
Raphael Mabo (Mac App Store)
Well done... excellent software.
J. Stewart
Like the product, have tested it for a while. Bought it on sale at MacZOT. Thanks. Will let you know more as I use it to produce products for my business.
B. Delaney
I've used dozens of Mac programs over the years (since 1988) but I have to rate yours as one of the best I have used. It's simple to understand and very solid in its use.
L. Moxon
The program looks very good, and it is JUST what the market needs - something less costly and complex than in-Design, but more sophisticated and capable than trying to do page layout in Word or something else not designed for that function.
B. Weiss
Thank you all at iCalamus for providing the license I won at MacZOT! I am thrilled to have won such a terrific prize. I look forward to learning how to use iCalamus to make beautiful projects of all types in the future. The photo book looks like a nice first project. I am far from a power user of this type of software, but the instructions make me think it's possible that I can get started easily.
Thanks again, you folks are amazing!
D. Rapoport
I once was a heavy user of Pagemaker, and iCalamus has many resemblances (feeling simpler and more straightforward than inDesign and Quark), but I appreciate the speed and ease of use of iCalamus - makes other DTP-software feeling slow and cumbersome.
R. Mabo
I have been using your program iCalamus to satisfaction. I'm enormously happy with the result. Excellent program.
J. Bremin
This is the finest page layout program I have EVER used.
P. Cranz
Thank you for a great application. I haven't scratched the surface as to its former capabilities, and now you make it even better.
S. Smither
iCalamus seems priced somewhere in between everything and it seems to have features that are appropriate for a user doing a bit more than Swift Publisher can do, and a bit less than InDesign.
Perfect positioning for you.
B. Guthrie
Thank you for creating such an excellent product. This really is a great piece of software that I have thoroughly enjoyed using this week. It's very flexible and powerful, yet is much more economical than one of the more mainstream DTP packages. Well done!
P. Littlewood
iCalamus has all of the strength of Adobe's Illustrator and InDesign, and the ease of use of Apple's Pages. What a great solution!
S. Young

At last a decent dtp programme for the home/small office or educational consumer without having to fork out a fortune for a pro package! I really hope this software gives the big boys a run for their money!

Keep up the good work I know many people on mac who would be interested in this - any chance of a comission!?!?!? hahaha

Seriously though keep up the good work with calamus!

R. Gardiner
Thanks for bringing this out - I can't believe how fast I'm getting used to Calamus again and it's probably 10 years since I last used it.
D. Mooney
I have used this program for one hour and I am purchasing it. Great job, better than Pages and Multi-Ad Creator Pro and easier to use than In Design.
A. Matarasso
Very cool new desktop publishing application: fast, many features, easy to use. Superior work!
clifton.lewisw (at Versiontracker)
This app still exists! It was one of the main reasons I bought an Atari back in the last century, and I missed it most when I moved from Atari to the Mac.
It looks great (technically speaking), it's fast, it's reliable (so far) – and it's cheap, compared to Xpress & InDesign.
busybeingborn (at Versiontracker)
The first time I opened it I just though: how gorgeous and simple, yet powerful! IMHO this is the BEST DTP app ever written! It's way better than Quark and InDesign - at least on a Mac, where those apps are just ugly.
K. Vasa (developer of 'Liberer')
It's been a long time, but it still feels like yesterday since I started using Calamus. I was so excited to follow the development of the true, Mac native iCalamus. It only took me a few minutes using the 'lite' version to make the decision to purchase the soon to be released v1!
Congratulations on making iCalamus real. It looks great and I look forward to many years use!
P. Morales

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