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PagePlus X4 (PC CD)

by Serif
Windows XP / Vista
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Professional Desktop Publishing - Expert results every time with easy-to-use high-end tools and expansive feature set.
  • Easy to use - The intuitive interface, on-screen help, and Learning Zone make professional desktop publishing simple.
  • Fast results - Create your documents quickly and easily using dynamic guidelines, snapping, and beautiful templates.
  • PDF editing - Import and edit PDFs, as well as export PDFs suitable for print shops.
  • Excellent compatibility - Compatible with popular text, image, and audio file types including Microsoft Word files.
  • Great word processing - Write copy with confidence using PagePlus X4s advanced text options.
  • Image editing - Expertly edit your images using professional tools and effects in the Photo Lab.
  • Great flexibility - Publish and print HTML emails, duplex printing, PDF forms, and lots more.
  • More productivity - Improve your workflow using the new Learning Zone and improved Resource Manager.
  • Total solution - Easily create everything like z-fold brochures, books, newsletters, posters, and business cards.
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B002KG0C1Y
  • Release Date: 30 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,526 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Welcome to PagePlus X4: professional desktop publishing made easy. When you make publications for sharing with co-workers, attracting new customers, defining your business image, projects at school or college, informing the public, advertising events, and more, you inevitably do more than just layout and print the page. You’re writing, designing graphics, enhancing images, cropping and reformatting, importing content from elsewhere, and sharing your work in print, as emails, as high quality or efficient PDFs... so choose PagePlus X4, a design package as versatile you are. PagePlus has always been a leading DTP program but now it offers even more graphics power, greater compatibility, and enhanced productivity. It’s never been easier to achieve the highest quality printed and electronic publications, using a design package that is more rounded than ever. PagePlus X4 is so easy to use that you can start creating fantastic results straight away, and yet the deeper you dig into PagePlus’s rich feature set, the more publishing power you’ll find. When you need to know how to put that power to good use, or achieve a publishing task new to you, you’ll really appreciate the new Learning Zone, accessible from the Startup Wizard. Being able to open designs sourced from almost anywhere thanks to incredible PDF editing power is a real asset for PagePlus users, and that PDF power just got better. Import and edit wide variety document types accurately; edit or replace photos, text, and artwork; and export your designs as optimized, professional PDFs. All this means you can edit PDF files better than ever – better than any other DTP program, at any price. So whether you need to edit and export PDFs, create and distribute newsletters, design flyers and posters, write a book, or complete any other desktop publishing task, PagePlus X4 is the perfect solution.

Manufacturer's Description

When you create publications, you inevitably do more than just layout and print the page. You write text, design graphics, enhance images, import content, and more, then share your work in print, as PDFs, or as emails. PagePlus X4 makes all this easy, it's a publishing package designed to be as flexible as you are.

PagePlus X4 was awarded an impressive 4.5 / 5 stars and rated "Superior" in a recent PCWorld.com review. Authors Sally Wiener Grotta & Daniel Grotta say that "with its new integrated PhotoLab, enhanced drawing tools, and direct import of text from files, PagePlus X4 is a comprehensive, worthwhile upgrade that can stand on its own."

All-in-One Desktop Publishing Studio

Unrivaled PDF Editing
Open PDFs and fully edit their contents with PagePlus X4 just like they are regular publications--so you can source and customise designs from almost anywhere. You can also combine PDFs, or pages from different PDFs, even when they've been made by different applications on different computing platforms.

  • Save time and money editing PDFs in PagePlus X4
  • Merge PDF files, add and remove pages, change their order
  • Fully edit text, move delete and reformat page objects
  • Repurpose deign elements from PDFs into your own designs
  • Make changes to PDFs you receive before forwarding them
  • Optimise images and protect content with PDF security

Enhance Images with Built-in Editing Power
Include photos in your publications and make sure they're at their very best with the all new PhotoLab. Offering over 70 adjustments, corrections, filters and effects, with some incredible instant artistic styles, your images can really stand out from the page. And with a dedicated Image Cutout Studio you can remove photo backgrounds quickly, with no expertise required.

  • Professionally adjust and correct your photos
  • Apply adjustments with single clicks
  • Quickly remove blemishes and scratches
  • Easily select a specific area to apply changes to
  • Edit and undo changes at any time, your photo is unharmed

Create Impressive Logos and Artwork
From simple attention-grabbing shapes to logos and marketing-quality graphic design, PagePlus X4's powerful drawing tools make it easy to create stunning graphics. And in the Logo Studio, these tools are grouped together in a view that focuses on your drawing or logo without the distraction of seeing the rest of your page design.

  • Logo Studio offers 400+ ready-made graphics
  • Gallery has hundreds of other flashes and symbols
  • Add attractive style presets including glass and metal
  • Draw and combine shapes with full curve and node editing
  • Use impressive drop shadows, glows, and bevels
  • Even create your own effects and surface textures

Fantastic Word Processing
Impressive text handling is at the very heart of PagePlus, so while you could write in a word processor of your choosing and import text, you can just use PagePlus to write! Enjoy all the usual formatting controls, plus fast-flowing text wraps, hierarchical paragraph and character styles, long document features, and of course the freedom to place text and other objects exactly where you want. Files you can import include Word 2007 & OpenOffice Writer.

Create Virtually Any Document
Create a massive range of document types, from regular sheets to folded menus and booklets, from tiny mailmerge labels, to massive posters and banners, from newsletters to newspapers.

Use Tables and Calendars
Create your own attractive calendars--for yourself, your business, or as gifts for friends and family. Add tables to show data neatly, use formulae, even import data from spreadsheets or databases.

Create a massive range of document types, from regular sheets to folded menus and booklets, from tiny mailmerge labels, to massive posters and banners, from newsletters to newspapers. Click to enlarge.

Include photos in your publications and make sure they're at their very best with the all new PhotoLab. Click to enlarge.

PagePlus X4 raises the bar once again, expanding the range of ready-made design templates so you can produce stunning documents in no time at all. Click to enlarge.

Design logos and other artwork without leaving PagePlus X4. Click to enlarge.

Fantastic Results--Fast

Create Beautiful Documents from Templates
PagePlus X4 raises the bar once again, expanding the range of ready-made design templates so you can produce stunning documents in no time at all. Now featuring Theme Layouts--sets including business cards, flyers, newsletters and more--allowing you to add your own pictures and words resulting in a professional and polished design in minutes.

  • Over 2500 templates and ready-made design elements
  • Design Sets and Themed Layouts are instant stationery
  • Zoom in on the Template Wizard to see designs clearly
  • Choose which pages or design variants to start off with
  • Simply double-click images to replace them with your own
  • Import Word or other text documents, or write in PagePlus

Learn New Skills with Tutorial Videos and Guides
We're not the only ones who think PagePlus X4 is easy to use, but If you're new to desktop publishing, new to PagePlus, or just new to this version, you can create fantastic and professional results the easy way using the Learning Zone. Accessible from the redesigned, streamlined Startup Wizard, the Learning Zone gives direct access to online video tutorials and more so you can painlessly improve your publishing skills.

All the Controls You Need Within a Click
There are so many ways PagePlus X4 makes the design process smooth, you'll hardly realise you're working. Changing font, fill, line style and more is easy using an on-screen Studio that combines content, controls, and guidance. The rest of the interface is smart too--whatever you select on your page, you'll get instant access to the right tools and controls to suit. You can select, edit, resize, move, rotate, set defaults and more without even changing tools.

Customisable Workspace and Shortcuts
Whether you like instant access to all formatting controls, or a totally clean design interface with customised keyboard shortcuts to make your workflow quick and smooth, PagePlus works like you do.

Dynamic Layout Assistants
Aligning text, artwork and images is easier than ever in PagePlus X4. On top of layout guides, grids, margins and alignment tools, new dynamic guides make being neat a natural and automated process.

Flexible and Versatile Publishing

Press-Ready PDFs and Color Management
Get the best possible results with professional full-color printing, safe in the knowledge that your ouput will be compatible with any print shop, whether they use PCs or Macs. PagePlus X4 produces PDFs to the industry-recognised PDF/X-1a standard, files containing all your design elements, fonts, and color information for accurate reproduction.

  • Save as PDF with industry-standard PDF/X-1a settings
  • Include press marks, crop marks and bleed area
  • Add passworded PDF open/edit/copy/print security
  • Choose PDF display options, include hyperlinks and bookmarks
  • Manage color palettes, models, and ICC color profiles
  • Design using RGB, CMYK, HSL, Pantone and spot colors

Print Any Size on Any Printer--Even Double Sided
Get great results every time--PagePlus can scale designs to fit any size paper, and a Duplex Wizard prepares single-sided printers for double-sided output, saving paper and giving polished results.

Print Special Documents Without Headaches
Everyone can print impressive folded, tiled, repeated, multi-chapter and other special documents, effortlessly. PagePlus will intelligently resequence, renumber, and turn 'n tumble pages when needed.

Design PDF Forms and Multimedia PDF Slideshows
Take your print designs and give them an entirely new dimension, without leaving PagePlus. You can design corporate or other forms in PagePlus, save as PDF, and have customers or others fill in the form electronically. Serif automatically emails you their responses, free of charge. Alternatively add page transitions to your designs, include audio and video, interactive buttons and more, and save as a multimedia PDF slideshow ideal for business presentations.

Publish Websites and Send Designs as HTML Emails
You multitask at work, home, school, and everywhere else, and so does PagePlus. Once you've created business documents or other publications, you can easily incorporate your designs into websites created directly in PagePlus X4's web publishing mode. Extra functionality opens up to give you web-specific tools and controls, so you can create and publish engaging, attractive and efficient web sites that complement your other designs.

Great Compatibility

Import, Edit and Share as PDF
Get designs from anywhere, and share with anyone thanks to PagePlus X4's impressive PDF editing power, unrivalled in a desktop publishing program. Being able to open and edit PDFs means you can rework designs made with any other program, from a PC or Mac, then you can publish as PDF for sharing with anyone--whether they have PagePlus or not.

  • Open and edit PDF files like normal PagePlus publications
  • Publish as PDF for highly-compatible sharing
  • Make efficient PDFs for speedy email transmission
  • Host PDFs online or share with others for remote printing

Word Processor Document Support
While PagePlus is more powerful and flexible than the average word processor, you can still import word processed documents with pictures straight into PagePlus designs for speedy layouts. You can import Microsoft Word documents (including Word 2007), Rich Text Format, Text files, and OpenOffice.org Writer files. Plus if you also have Microsoft Word installed, PagePlus can use it as a converter in the background to support even more text file formats.

High End Graphics Compatibility
When collaborating with professional designers, you may need to use some graphics like EPS and PSD that usually require very expensive software to open. PagePlus handles these like a charm.

Complex Publishing Made Easy with Data Merge
You can create some sophisticated documents very quickly with PagePlus X4 by merging databases and pictures into your designs, bringing data into tables, and using spreadheet functions.

Get Artwork from Anywhere
Add popular image formats to your designs; PagePlus supports 28 different file types.

Import Audio and Video
Enrich slideshows and websites with embedded media including MP3 and AVI.

Share with Other PagePlus Users
Package files with all fonts and graphics, and even share X4 files with X3 users.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Rated 5* and a best buy by techie PC magazine Computer Shopper, this is the latest version X4 of PagePlus [ie. version fourteen]. As Serif rely on word of mouth and rarely sell via stores, it says something that PagePlus has reached version 14 and that PagePlus is still the undisputed king of desktop publishing for those on a budget. It is far superior to Microsofts Publisher offering, and even gives Quark and Adobe's offerings a run for their money [whose high end DTP applications cost nearer 10 times Serifs offering] - although Serif PagePlus is aimed squarely at the small office and home/enthusiast user on a budget.

New to PagePlus X4 is an improved startup wizard of videos and tutorials, the ability to combine image elements by adding and subtracting to make just about any shape you could want, even more vector clipart objects [such as shiney glass effects and 'flash' for price stickers and quotes], new Dynamic Guides to help position and align elements, better control of letter spacing, and the ability of import layouts directly from pdf files and export pdfs at press quaility for commercial printing [support for Acrobat 5 and PDF/X-1a]. Plus the integrated PhotoLab has had an overhaul and has a surprising amount of power hidden behind the basic menu, offering not just tonal adjustments, but a lot of usefull creative effects as well as X3's cut-out Studio than can cut out an object from a image and flow text around it. There's also X3's Logo Studio to help design your own logo. PagePlus can save its DTP files in EPS vector standard, Microsoft's modern HD bitmap format, Serif's own new SMF metafile format and to PDF/X-1a format. In addition it offers things like 'autofit' scaling, good bitmap control and a powerful set of drawing tools.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs some practice 21 Jun 2010
By G. Cook VINE VOICE
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As a novice in this area I was pleased in general with this software. Simple to put onto your computer and up and running within seconds. Well laid out but I found the tutorials were given very fast and had to keep replaying to keep up. For me I would say i would prefer to print off some instuctions, as i found i had forgotten by the time a went back to my page. Think you need to spend time just playing with the item, and learning all the tools (of which are many) to get the best from it. Think a novice like myself or someone with an little more skill could enjoy making use of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have been using Serif Page Plus DTP for over 20 years, having started since version 4. Generally speaking I have been very happy with this programme and I tend to update about every 3 to 4 years or sooner if a major development is made. For example, I only used Page Plus x3 for a short time before having to purchase x4 for compatibility with Windows 7 operating system.

Many people never discover the value of dtp and they make do with the graphic capabilities of Word for Windows. Personally, I nearly always struggle if I try to use a word processing programme for graphics. My expectations have been built on the power of dtp and I usually get very frustrated with the limitations of word processing. I would urge everyone to give dtp a try and Serif's programmes are very intuitive and excellent value for money. However, customers should be warned that once they have given their phone number to Serif, as part of the registration process, they will receive sales calls every couple of months for the rest of their lives!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for money and loaded with features 19 Aug 2010
By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As with most of these types of application, the first thing you're presented with is a list of templates to create a document from. If these aren't enough, there are plenty more on the second DVD. This should be enough for most people to get a start! You can change the "skin" to suit your own personal preference.

This is a pretty low cost application, but that isn't reflected in the features and general stability. I was most impressed with the ability to import PDF files and then edit them. I imported a 511 page document that had text and pictures, plus headers and footers and it did this without a problem. You can also insert objects from other apps (Such as MS office) and then launch the other app to edit by clicking on the area. So you can insert a word document, say, and then click on the area to edit it.

In general, the word processing features are pretty good - and you can link text to graphics objects so they move around as one, which is very useful.

As I tend to do a lot of mainly word processing, I found the "story" feature quite useful, as you can arrange separate documents for each chapter as a book.

I had no problems with any crashes or glitches. If you're looking for an app that'll do word processing as well as desktop publishing, this is good value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable update... 18 Aug 2011
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...but nothing groundbreaking. The changes from X3 are not immediately obvious apart from visual layout changes. I have never found the pageplus system to be as good as Quark etc but it does have price in it's favour. X3 was good and this is certainly an improvement, particularly the wizard, but it feels a few years behind the cutting edge. However, for the beginner this is probably still the best package out at the moment at this pricepoint.
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Good software for the price - lots of useful features. Found the photo editor particularly useful and the on-line tutorial was very helpful. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor support from Serif
Buyer beware! Within days of purchasing this product, I received an email from Serif inviting me to purchase their "British Clipart Collection", which I did. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by nig
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
I mostly just control work of others done with this and other programs, and I use it directly to a lesser extent. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by Designer
1.0 out of 5 stars You have to make a telephone call to register!!!!
Every time you start up this software you get a pop-up asking you to register, to do that you have to phone Serif to get a registration number that you have to type into this... Read more
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I got this as a stop-gap programme before moving onto Creative Suite, but found it enabled me to do all the design work that I wanted, and is much easier to use and FAR cheaper... Read more
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