Developer: Bonadies Creative Inc.

Current Version: 1.4.0

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 801.7 MB - Download


First released for the iPad, the Mac version of LetterMpress takes you a step up in resolution and control for creating authentic looking letterpress prints.

The Mac version includes:
• Full-screen and resizable desktop view.
• Prints can be created as high as 8192 pixels. That’s over 26” at 300 dpi!
• Up to 4x the output resolution of the iPad.
• Menus, mouse actions, and keyboard shortcuts for moving, scaling, and rotating objects on the press bed.


LetterMpress is a creative environment that lets you design beautiful compositions with vintage wood type and art cuts on a virtual hand-driven printing press.

LetterMpress gives you the experience of producing your designs on a letterpress — placing and arranging type on the press bed, inking, and then turning the hand crank to make a print.

Every step in the printing process is replicated on the Mac, to give you an authentic, interactive experience.

Try something new. Experiment. Have fun! You’ll soon see why the art and craft of letterpress is becoming so popular.

LetterMpress is easy to learn and fun to do, but it’s not a toy. Create designs with authentic wood type and vintage “art cuts.” You can mix custom colors and make multiple impressions on a single sheet. The specially designed studio environment lets you create and save several variations.

Once you have created your prints you can print, copy, or export. The files can be opened or imported by most popular graphics applications, allowing you to integrate authentic wood type and art impressions into your design palette.

With LetterMpress you can create:
• Fine art posters
• Event posters and mailers
• Invitations
• Music CD covers
• Greeting cards
• Scrapbook covers and interior pages
• Signage
• Calendars
• Framed wall art, and more...

Type and art that comes with LetterMpress is royalty-free for personal and commercial use.

For technical support, please email: [email protected]


Release Notes:

• 5 additional typefaces:
Caslon, Devinne, Fanfare, German Gothic, Hebrew Sans.
- Fanfare and German Gothic include German characters like eszett and
   standalone diacritics like acute, grave, circumflex, and umlaut.
- Hebrew Sans represents a complete basic set of the Hebrew alphabet.

• 14 new pieces of art including linocuts created by artist Lisa Kesler.

• Fixed printing of ligature 'fi' in Bodoni Ultra.

• Fixed printing of 'Exclamation' in Bradley and Old Style.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.4.0
Review by Cartadicinzia

Fan-tastic! - I've been using this app with my Mac mini OS X for about 3 months now and love it. It runs perfectly with no issues! One of my favorite features is the "transparent paper" which lends itself to so many other computer applications and design opportunities such as collage, etc. It's so easy transferring your letterpress designs into your layouts with this feature. There's a lovely range of lettering and graphics, paper styles and inks. I've made cards, collage, gift tags and a book cover using LetterMpress. It's one of my absolute go-to apps for design. As my husband says the only two things this app seems to lack compared to a real printing press are the inky fingers and and the textural quality of the finished product. (Of course, you can use your creative genius to work out the latter.) I highly recommend this one.

Found helpful by 24 out of 24 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by @mattly

I want a refund - This app is horrible. I want my money back, but sadly this is the App Store, and there was no demo. This app is why I am no longer going to buy apps on speculation from the app store. No demo, no sale. LetterMPress mimics all the bad parts of using an actual letterpress while allowing none of the flexibility that running on a computer allows. If you like arranging letters one at a time, dragging the mouse to "run the print" and such, this app may be for you. If you want a way to quickly genereate letterpress-like type imagery, it will bog you down with mechanical details better left to the real mechanical process. It has a bad UI. It feels like the developer ported an iPad app to the Mac without regard for the environment. You have to click around and find actions under obscure menu-like things. This level of discovery is fun for a game. It's not so fun when you're trying to figure out how to make a new color.

Found helpful by 20 out of 49 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.4.0
Review by Searge Boremchuq

It's not design, it's study app!!! - If you want quickly make nice looking typo design, please, don't waste your time. It's for those who want deeper understand basement of font & typographic design. Yes, you still able to make cool poster, but not so quickly (-; I'll recommend it for all art addicted! P.S. Dear developers, I'm begging you, please add cyrillic characters. P.P.S. If you need help, I would (-:

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
Version 1.4.0
Review by AlohaNuiLoaCR

Excellent! - Using this app is a unique experience which yields great graphics. It's also a lot of fun … the ONLY problem is, it's addicting and I can't wait for future updates and or new apps from Bonadies Creative Inc. GREAT JOB!!!!

Found helpful by 7 out of 10 people
Version 1.4.0
Review by marc.w.cardwell

very cool app, lots of potential - awesome app for professionals. don’t be mislead by idiots saying how hard it is to use. this is an app for wood type lovers. you can make letters HUGE, export as a transparant png, and layer in pshop or ai. yes, you will bump your type accidentally, it takes a little time to figure stuff out, but this is not rocket surgery! it would be nice to change the already laid out type into another font, but guess what? you can’t do this on a real letterpress! the app does let you do some unreal stuff like scaling.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.4.0
Review by Dave Shrein

Complete Waste of Time - When it was described as realistic, I thought it meant realistic results… not having to go through hundreds of fonts and sizes and styles and drawers. I think someone from the company is giving this app 5 stars because no user in their right mind would give such a terrible user experience 5 stars. Streamline the interface Allow different colors for letters Allow users to type in words and then select which pieces they want to use for the word Make selecting colors easier Allow us to work in the correct direction, not have to pretend we’re sitting at a pressing station There is so much more wrong with this app. Just the above would make it usable.

Found helpful by 5 out of 10 people
Version 1.4.0
Review by Heisenburg von Calrissian

My review - I’m in the middle of something and I really needed an app to make some fancy typography type stuff. I got this. And I need to finish my work up but I want to leave a review for anyone who might be in the same boat. This app is not user-friendly. There’s a manual-length “help” section with a laughably unhelpful “quick start” section. The app is downright theatrical. I just wanted to tell it what I wanted and have something beautiful pop out that maybe I could copy+paste. Instead there is all this drag and drop b.s. This app will take you a while to figure out. And all for just the most basic things: after you have the letters you need, all dragged and dropped in the middle, you have to line them up WITH A RULER THAT YOU ALSO HAVE TO DRAG AND DROP OMG WHY CAN’T IT JUST LINE UP AUTOMATICALLY Sorry everyone. There’s a reason that the printing press is a thing of the past. It’s because we have software now to make things go FASTER and more efficiently. Good talk. I’m gonna finish my work now with another app that hopefully won’t cost $10.

Found helpful by 5 out of 19 people