PagePlus X4 (PC CD)
- 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.
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
To get you started there's a massive array of templates that are fine for less professional output [e.g. society flyers and magazines], but if you are prepared to spend a bit of time there's plenty of tools within PagePlus to produce far more professional results, as all the layout tools are there offering everything from master page layouts to transparency, glass & metal effects. Naturally there's all the old PagePlus power tools as well to get you from a template or pdf, through the design, effects & editing studio and off to the the printer or the web. PagePlus X4 offers an improved duplexing wizard to get you printing booklets and brochures correctly - which was a weak point in my PagePlus X3 version, and I had to resort to exporting to pdf and printing via the pdf file to get double sided printing working correctly on our new office HP colour laser printer.
PC minimum system Requirements for PagePlus X4 are a minimal Pentium PC with DVD/CD drive and mouse, Microsoft Windows: XP 32bit, Vista or Windows 7 operating system, 512MB RAM, 440MB free hard disk space, SVGA display (1024x600 resolution, 16-bit colour or higher. This assumes you are a rather patient sort, as a fast multi-core PC with 4Gb RAM and a DirectX 10 3D Accelerated graphics card would speed things up rather [in fact PagePlus X4 can be sluggish on a modern but basic office PC]. You would also benefit from a colour printer, fast internet access, a TWAIN-compatible scanner and/or a digital camera and a Wacom A5 Bamboo stylus input pad [to supplement the mouse for precision drawing/editing].
I always used Serif software at home until I got free licences of Adobe Creative Suite CS4 and MS Office Pro from work (which would cost me a few grand to buy myself - and I still keep PagePlus X4 on my PC as well). Also have a look at the great Serif sister packages of DrawPlus [Vector drawing], MoviePlus [Video editing] and in particular PhotoPlus X3 [Photoediting] - although this DTP PagePlus X4 is probably the jewel in their crown. Check them all out at serif.com - there's often on-line offers and Serif's upgrade prices get very cheap as the latest version nears the end of its life [dropping to around £25] - at first release upgrade prices can be steep though. Once you register your Serif software expect the odd phone-call and emails from Serif (UK) offering the cheaper upgrade, and a deal on other Serif Software. Some find Serif's sales team a bit intrusive, so you can just always click on the register later option on the nag screen to avoid registering at all.
So highly recommended for those on a very tight budget - once you get past the shallow learning curve the software isn't bad at all, and is a steal when occasionally offered for under £40. PagePlus may not be as well known as Indesign and QuarkXpress, but it's ease of use actually puts them to shame, and at a fraction of their price. I have Adobe Creative Suite CS4 via work, and believe me it's obtuse help makes Serif PagePlus X4 seem like a breath of fresh air.
To quote Serif: "With PagePlus X4 you can open and edit documents from anywhere with impressive PDF editing. Get great results fast using templates, ready-made artwork, and learning zone videos. Create virtually any document type with a massive range of publishing possibilities. Be compatible with images, graphics, text files and your chosen print shop. Edit and enhance photos with an impressive built-in PhotoLab. Design logos and other artwork without leaving PagePlus X4. Print at high quality on desktop printers, at any size, even double-sided." In addition you can cheaply add in Serif's sister applications of PhotoPlus X3 [photo editing] and DrawPlus X3 [vector drawing] to further add to PagePlus's creative design, but in many cases the tools within pagePlus X4 will probably be all that you require. So, great software, and at a bargain price, easily 5*.
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!
The built-in templates are a pretty good starting point for most projects, and can easily be modified to take on a dramatically different look. The video tutorials are well paced and quickly show how some of the main tools can be used to customise the templates.
The software comes with a CD-ROM for installing the main program and quite a number of templates, and a separate DVD containing many more templates and royalty-free images (there are still license restrictions on how these can be used, but the terms seem reasonable). The DVD content seems to need to be installed to the hard drive, requiring almost a gigabyte of space, rather than being accessible directly from the DVD; not a problem unless, like me, your hard drive is nearing capacity.
The other irritation is that I keep being prompted to register the software, which requires you to call a telephone number and obtain a code from an operator. I haven't done this as I don't want to be pestered with newsletters and upgrades. However there doesn't seem to be any option to turn the nag screen for good. I might expect this from shareware or trial software, but not from a commercial product. Minus one star.
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