An excellent example of early desktop publishing, Springboard's Newsroom provides budding newspaper and newsletter editors with a means of putting their publications together without so much as an X-Acto knife or single drop of glue. The program is broken down into six parts: the Banner Editor allows the creation of a masthead graphic using text, clip art, and even user-created artwork. The Photo Lab is a similar tool, allowing for the assembly of graphics to be used within the text itself. The actual text is laid out in a fixed panel size in the Copy Desk, and if a graphic from the Photo Lab is used, the program auto-justifies around it. In Layout, the panels from the Copy Desk (and, if need be, the Banner) can be arranged into a finished page. The Press, naturally, allows users to print out their finished newspapers. And perhaps the most innovative feature is the Wire Service, which allows users to collaborate via modem, sending photos, articles and layouts back and forth to each other, even across platforms (there was also a Commodore 64 version), which was a very unusual feature at the time.
Though The Newsroom was included with a separate clip art disk, Springboard took a hint from Broderbund's successful line of Graphics Library disks for The Print Shop and released two further Clip Art Collection packs.
The Newsroom's interface is fairly intuitive, with a few icons lined up, MacPaint-style, along the left side of the screen in each application. When it was first released, one was hard pressed to find a church, school or business that wasn't using The Newsroom for bulletins, newsletters and more. With its file-sharing capability allowing numerous users to put together a publication without actually being present, The Newsroom was very much ahead of its time. ~ Earl Green, All Game Guide
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