Serif PagePlus X6 - An Alternative to High Price Desk Top Publishing
Looking for a price saver when it comes to DTP (Desk Top Publishing)? Take a look at Serif PagePlus X6 for quality DTP software without the price of Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher or QuarkXPress.
PagePlus X6 has improved quite a bit from the original product first produced in 1999. Priced at $99 PagePlus X6 is quickly closing any gaps between them and the higher priced alternatives -especially since they have included CMYK colors, OpenType and Optical Justification.
PagePlus X6 allows you to edit PDFs, create multimedia brochures and publish an eBook in a iPad and Kindle format. PagePlus X6 also offers templates for quick high style starts on your projects. It is as easy as replacing your text and images with the templates, resulting in highly professional document. These templates are great for the rush project or for someone who is just starting out in DTP designing.
PagePlus X6 design studio has the ability to create eForms, eBrochures and eMagazines for printing or with interactive multimedia that allows you to publish not only on computers but eBooks, tablets and smartphones. You can create logos from scratch or choose from one of many logo starter designs.
Don't like the colors? With one click you can change entire color schemes with PagePlus X6 defaults color schemes or setup your own color scheme.
The photo editor and cutout studio allows for quick editing right in the program instead of having to open another software editing program.
One of DTP core features is a text frame that allows frames to be linked so text will flow from column to another. In PagePlus X6 this feature is called a "story" and includes a variety of properties you expect such as margin and column guides, line breaks, resizing options, the ability to rotate and exporting. There are also options to add fills such as solid, bitmap, transparency and gradients along with line colors.
You may link or embed a multimedia file into your design that will play when you output to a PDF or HTML format. PDF output options include a slideshow and form and HTML options include email. This is a great option for promotional campaigns.
Serif products come with an intuitive asset manager that allows you to organize important assets in one easy to access place. An asset is a term used for an object or element that includes graphics, pictures, frames, backgrounds and entire design pages.
The asset manager allows you to add your own files and then drag and drop them anywhere in your document.
Assets may also be created from objects on your design page such as vector art and backgrounds by simply dragging them from your page to the asset manager. To store an entire page click "Add" from the Asset manager, check an existing page from the dialog box and then click "OK".
To make an asset global (available in all documents versus just the document you are working on) - click on the pin in the upper right corner.
Graphics assets may be separated and colored as needed as demonstrated below with the hand graphic.
PagePlus X6 comes with a built in text editor called WritePlus that makes easy to edit text over large area or text spread out over numerous pages and frames. WritePlus also allows you to export your text to a word document for additional viewing or editing.
You may also add text to one of the asset manager's frames by simply clicking on the text tool, right clicking on the frame and then choosing "Edit Story."
Various edits and effects may be chosen from the attributes toolbar.Most DTP and graphic designers will be familiar with these tools such as the crop tool and irregular crop tool, mesh warp tool also known as the an envelope tool, gradient fill tool and transparency tool. There is also the ability to add shadows, filter effects and 3D effects.
BookPlus is a management tool similar to Adobe InDesign book management. You first create the pages within PagePlus and then create a new file using the book management tool to import your pages. Once you have loaded your pages you are able to rearrange their order and synchronize their style and elements. There is also the option of creating a table of contents and an index page.
Professional printing is available and PagePlus X6 and is compliant with the printing industries international standards. You can match color with Pantone PMS and Goe allowing you to send your projects to a printing press with the confidence of knowing your colors will print out as intended.
PagePlus X6 includes PANTONE PLUS SERIES and PANTONE Goe System that make matching colors easier and more accurate and also allows you to add PANTONE colors right to your color palette.
Other printing options includes double-sided printing, mail merge, booklets, folded publications and the ability to rasterize images.
Preflight, an essential process for designers, ensures that their designs are published as originally intended. Preflight check are available anything to allow issues to corrected as needed, instead of waiting for the final product. PagePlus dialog box will not only report any issues but help to fix them along with showing you where the problem is located within the design.
PagePlus is a cost effective alternative to other high price DTP software such as Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publishing and QuarkXPress. PagePlus includes attributes tools that are standard to most DTP along with high-end printing and color options. With PagePlus, designers are able to import PDFs and make edits as needed along with exporting PDFs with multimedia objects. Other useful options include the text editor, logo editor and the ability to cutout an image without having to open a photo software program. PagePlus X6 includes up to date technology essential for eBook publishing and a book management tool for organizing chapters and maintaining styles across all the pages. DTP users will also appreciate PagePlus’s intuitive layout and the variety of useful tools.
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