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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 20 votes out of 2 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Oct. 17, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try (2-page trial); $149.00 to buy (Buy it now)
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Editors' Review


Desktop Author allows users to create and publish electronic books. Although it's not the most intuitive program we've ever seen, it was fairly easy to use once we spent some time getting used to it.

The program's interface contains a toolbar with the familiar desktop publishing functions: adding and formatting text and images, inserting and deleting pages, and so on. Most of this was straightforward, although some of the features related to managing pages were a bit confusing. For the most part, though, we were able to add content to our book without too much trouble. The program's built-in Help file could have gone into a little more detail, but was overall fairly thorough. We liked that in addition to static text and images, users can add interactive forms to their books. Users can also link text and images to other locations within the book, making it easy to create a table of contents or cross-reference. The program contains digital rights management features that allow users to preview a portion of the book before paying for access to the entire thing. The program does assume a certain level of familiarity with DNL and DML files, and users who are not already familiar with these formats will likely be confused when it comes time to package and publish their books. Users who already have some experience with electronic books will likely find this program fairly intuitive to use.

Desktop Author is free to try, but the trial version only lets users create two pages. The program installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to intermediate and advanced users.

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User Reviews

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2 stars

"Totally Unreliable Program"

October 19, 2014  |  By vaccoon

2014-10-19 13:08:53  |  By vaccoon

 |  Version: Desktop Author 7.1.5


Haven't been able to find any as I had to remove the program.


After I had installed it, every time I tried to open (use) another program Desktop Author would pop up and make me wait while it reconfigured. What it has to do with other software on my computer I have no idea. Anyway, hence, I am unable to use it.


This is badly written software and I have ever used and I've been using computers for thirty years.

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1 stars

"The product is ultimately useless."

September 14, 2014  |  By antonjjansen

2014-09-14 01:29:25  |  By antonjjansen

 |  Version: Desktop Author 7.1.5


None other than the perfect opportunity for you to waste hard-earned money.


This company is a scam. They give you a crappy product, and then they disappear to Mars. The online support is NEVER online, and filling out the support form doesn't help either. You never hear from them.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.1.5
Bug fix.
Publisher DNAML
Publisher web site
Release Date August 28, 2010
Date Added October 17, 2013
Version 7.1.5
Category Educational Software
Subcategory E-book Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 29.64MB
File Name dtaeval.exe
Total Downloads 261,236
Downloads Last Week 5
License Model Free to try
Limitations 2-page trial
Price $149

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