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Contributed by B.J. Winzer on Feb 11th, 2018. Artwork published in .
    PrintMaster title screen
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    PrintMaster title screen

    PrintMaster was published in 1985 as a competitor to Broderbund’s The Print Shop, who successfully sued for copyright infringement. PrintMaster had a number of advantages over The Print Shop, namely mixed-case fonts and a calendar function (which The Print Shop didn’t until The Print Shop Companion). Currently, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt owns the intellectual property for both Print Shop and PrintMaster.

    All the fonts in the 1985 release of PrintMaster appear to be inspired by existing typefaces, including foundry type and designs for transfer lettering:

    • DeVille — derived from Murray Hill
    • Scribe — Old English
    • Office — similar to Helvetica or Unica
    • Hampton — Belshaw
    • Times — Times or Times New Roman
    • Western — derived from Playbill, less condensed
    • Utopia — Futura Black (uppercase) and Chaillot (lowercase)
    • Computer — Data 70
    PrintMaster title screen
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    DeVille and Scribe, from the manual

    PrintMaster title screen
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    Office, Hampton and Times, from the manual

    PrintMaster title screen
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    Western, Utopia and Computer, from the manual


    • Murray Hill
    • Old English
    • Helvetica
    • Belshaw
    • Times
    • Playbill
    • Futura Black
    • Chaillot
    • Data 70




    3 Comments on “PrintMaster”

    1. EWCarpenter says:
      Mar 15th, 2019  8:59 pm

      This is a question (not a comment): I am new to PrintMaster Platinum.  I find it cumbersome to run down the entire list of available fonts to find a good one for my project – is there a way to make a copy, or list, of all the different font samples?

    2. B.J. Winzer says:
      Mar 16th, 2019  2:27 am

      That I can’t help you with… this is an entry for the 1985 software, not the newer ones. I guess the manual would have samples of each.

    3. rudy says:
      May 10th, 2019  11:28 pm

      Do you have the manuals of the Printmaster Plus?

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