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PageMaker 6.5: For Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guides) [Paperback]

Ted Alspach

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12 Aug 1997 0201696495 978-0201696493 1

Don't have the time or artistic skills to design business documents from scratch? The latest update of PageMaker, PageMaker 6.5 Plus, adds hundreds of professionally designed templates to its impressive list of tools. To help you get the most out of this upgrade, PageMaker 6.5 Plus for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide shows you how to use and customize these templates to create your own professional-looking pieces.

Even if you've never "designed" anything more complicated than a business letter, you'll soon be creating newsletters, brochures, print ads, and more, thanks to the book's clear, step-by-step explanations and hundreds of illustrations. Design tips sprinkled throughout the pages will help you turn out polished work, whether you need to pull together a flyer for the company picnic or produce a complete corporate identity system for your small business.

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Adobe PageMaker has long been one of the leading professional page layout tools available to desktop publishers. With the release of Version 6.5, Adobe has added breakthrough new layout capabilities that significantly improve how documents can be structured, and it has added all new online publishing features. Version 6.5 also adopts the new look and feel that Adobe has been creating for all their products and includes a newly revised interface, new menus, and new keyboard shortcuts.

This guide is the easiest way for newcomers to learn the basics of PageMaker. It is also the fastest way for experienced PageMaker users to get up to speed with all the new features of Version 6.5. The book covers PageMaker basics, such as creating a document, setting preferences, and more. It moves on to explore working with type, graphics, and layout in PageMaker. New users learn how to work with text, define and use styles, place images, work with Photoshop and Illustrator, and more.

Experienced PageMaker users will use the Visual QuickStart Guide to learn all the new keyboard shortcuts, as well as the new features, such as using document-wide layers, automatic layout adjustment, the enhanced polygon tool, and new color publishing options. All users will be excited by the new online publishing features including the hyperlinks palette and extensive support for electronic delivery in HTML format and in Adobe PDF format.

  • The easiest, most inexpensive way to learn this popular page layout program
  • PageMakerÕs new interface, menus, and keyboard shortcuts mean that experienced users and newcomers alike need a handy reference book
  • Covers new Web publishing capabilities including the hyperlinks palette and enhanced HTML features

About the Author

Ted Alspach is considered one of the industry's leading experts on graphics and desktop publishing, and has been a featured speaker at several conferences, including MacWorld Expo, Seybold Seminars, and the 1996 Adobe Internet Conferences, where he spoke on Acrobat. He is the author of several books, including MacWorld Illustrator 6 Bible (IDG), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photoshop (Que), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to QuarkXpress (Que).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making print pretty 21 Jun 2000
By Earl Martin - Published on
Have you ever wondered why a page-layout program, like PageMaker 6.5, should be used when word-processing programs, like Microsoft Word 2000, seemingly can do everything? If so, you would be well advised to read PageMaker 6.5 for Macintosh, since it lucidly details the advantages of this page-layout powerhouse.
The book does this in part by elaborating on 4 key advantages of PageMaker 6.5: 1) precision placement of elements, through the use of guides, on a page is easy; 2) an infinite array of colors can accurately be used on text and drawings, especially when "spot" (predefined) colors are selected; 3) precision kerning, the process of spacing between characters, comes in handy when using anything but tiny print, since large and unsightly gaps between characters tend to appear in direct relation to the size of type; and 4) "Master Pages" is a technique that allows you to put elements (like a graphic, symbol, page number or any other text) on all pages you choose to link to a Master Page.
PageMaker 6.5 for Macintosh not only clues you in on these and other page-layout techniques, but it also presents the material in an easily comprehended step-by-step style that makes it a joy to read. Consequently, this book is essential for those who wish to create professional-looking and pretty documents.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for getting started...or switching from Quark 21 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on
If you've wanted to learn Page Layout software, PageMaker is what you need, and this book is perfect for it. It covers everything from getting started to advanced design techniques, and even has info for QuarkXPress users who want a page Layout application more compatible with Photoshop and Illustrator.
If only Adobe would include a manual this good...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This might start your engine, but it soon stalled for me... 26 July 2001
By L. Patterson - Published on
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This is a very, very cusory overview of a very complex program. I am an intermediate user and found that I knew most of what is in the book. That really bucked my ego up, but as a lover of Pagemaker, I advise that you do additional research, reading and invest in a thorough guide like a "Bible" if you really want to take advantage of all the features of Pagemaker after this book gets you up and running. On the down side, it is a little disorganize and confusing in the way it moves from subject to subject; this book does not even tell one how to use the "Crop Tool," which shouldn't be something just for intermediate and advanced users. Still, for the money, it is an excellent guide and will do what it says. Don't be afraid to use Pagemaker, it is the only way you'll learn. Sit with this book and it will get you started in fine fashion, but there is much, much more to Pagemaker that you might want to know.
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