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Good software, bad marketing
on 22 November 2008
A few months ago I succumbed to Serif's highly effective marketing and bought a copy of Page Plus 11. A DTP programme roughly equivalent to what Microsoft Publisher was five or more years ago for a tenner? Not a bad deal at all. I eventually got sick of the "register me" nag screen and registered the program. Not long after that I had a phone call from Serif trying very hard to sell me version 13 of Page Plus for something like £99. The caller couldn't believe that I found version 11 quite sufficient for my needs. Leaflets and small booklets are easy enough to produce and the .PDF file support is wonderful. I'd recommend Page Plus 11 to anyone looking for a basic DTP programme.
What has this got to do with Desktop Publishing Suite 2009? Well, when I opened the package the first thing out of the box was the manual for Page Plus 11, followed by a leaflet saying that once I registered I would receive the Resources Guide that came with the stand-alone Page Plus 11 I bought a while back. For the record PP11 dates back to 2005...
Desktop Publishing Suite 2009 also includes Draw Plus 8, a perfectly adequate drawing/graphics program first released in 2006. And as if that weren't enough, from 2007 we have Impact Plus 5, for all those distracting web animations that annoy everyone but the maker.
I'm aware I'm being harsh about this, but Serif are being way too cheeky with this release. The only way that 2009 comes into this suite is that if you pay by credit card, that's when you'll get the bill. The software is good - Page Plus 11 alone would be a good buy at £25 (if the resources disk was included) - but I'm marking this down by two stars for the misleading "2009" which implies the latest versions.
Buy it: it's good value. But don't be taken in by the "2009" nonsense: only Impact Plus is the most recent version while Page Plus is now up to version X3 and Draw Plus is up to version X2.