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the Inland Register
(From the Sept. 14, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Archdiocese of Portland
PORTLAND – Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) has launched a new Web-based program for parishes to design, customize and print their own worship aids, programs and church bulletins, including service music.
Called PrintandPraise, the program can be used to create and print worship aids and music in English or Spanish.
“More and more churches are using programs for Sunday services,” said Pete Velander, OCP’s director of e-products. “Unfortunately, many communities don’t have the skills or resources to produce something beautiful, readable and inspiring.”
For $130 a year subscribers can purchase “Song Print” as a stand-alone program, providing access to some 2,700 songs in GIF or PDF format — with a choice of downloading the songs with or without musical notation.
For an additional $169 subscribers also get “Worship Program,” which allows them to lay out the program for an entire worship service, including prayers, readings, music and clip art. That program cannot be purchased without subscribing to “Song Print.”
“Worship Program” produces a PDF file in whatever layout format the user chooses. It can then be printed at the parish office or sent electronically to a commercial printer.
There are other software programs for producing parish bulletins and worship aids, but OCP says this is the first such tool that is Web-based. Since the system is not installed on their own computer, he said, users have immediate access to any new content, features and software updates without having to purchase newer software or to download new content before using it.
The Web site, www.printandpraise.com, allows nonsubscribers to practice using the program and see onscreen how their selections would look in various formats.
Those who take the free test drive can see their sample product onscreen, but they are not allowed to download or print it without subscribing first.
– Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)