Serif PagePlus Essentials [Download]
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The easy way to create sophisticated, unique designs--fast. PagePlus Essentials has all the templates, word processing, graphic design and layout tools you need for stunning calendars, invites, cards, newsletters, signs, flyers and more; all wrapped up in an easy to use, affordable package.
Incredibly Easy To Use
Intuitive drag and drop design, 'How To' guides, and video tutorials make documents easy.
Attractive templates and instant graphics mean you can design fantastic documents in no time.
A Complete Package
Powerful word processing, photo editing, graphic design tools, and much more is all included for you.
Incredibly Easy To Use
Drag and Drop Simplicity
Add text, images, tables, calendars, logos and much more with ease--just drag and drop! The easy-to-use tools mean you can go from a blank page to a professional-looking design in moments.
- Dynamic page layout assistants
- One-click font and color selectors
- Tools that change to suit your work
- Quick access to video tutorials
- On-screen help when you need it
- Customizable screen layout
'How To' Guides
Follow helpful on-screen guides when you need them, without interrupting your workflow.
Watch videos, read tutorials and access the online user forums and knowledge base.
No Publishing Headaches
Easily produce regular, multi-page and folded designs, even print double sided on regular printers.
Incredible Ready-to-Use Designs
Your documents will look fantastic before you've even started customizing them. Simply add your own pictures and text for a great looking project or tweak the design to achieve the look you want.
Easy as 1-2-3!
- Create--start with a cool template
- Edit--easy editing with intuitive tools
- Share--Print or share in popular format
Instant Styles and Special Effects
A single click applies stunning effects in one hit--create shiny metallic headlines, glassy logos, wooden backboards--or make your own styles.
Enhance your design by dragging and dropping from the on-screen gallery of over 1000 symbols, silhouettes, animals, picture frames and more.
A Complete Package
Photo Editing Included
A built-in PhotoLab gives you the power to make sure your photos are at their very best before you print or share your design. Also add a stylized photo filter, turn your photos into painted or sketched works of art with Instant Artist styles, and more.
- PhotoLab with over 70 adjustments and effects
- Fix red eye and remove blemishes
- Image Cutout Studio quickly removes backgrounds
- Apply effects to selected parts of a photo
- Crop, flip, recolor, resize and much more
Design with the Logo Studio
Create stylish logos, headings, graphics, panels, and more with easy to use drawing tools.
Powerful Word Processing
All the formatting power you'd expect from a full word processor, but with more layout freedom.
Import JPG, PNG, Word 2007 files and other popular formats to speed up your design process.
Save and Share as PDF
Share your projects quickly and easily by publishing documents as PDFs that can be viewed and printed on other computers. Optimize for high quality or small file size so you can email or share designs online.
- Share your design with any computer users
- Compatible with Adobe Reader and Acrobat
- Choose an initial zoom level for first impressions
- Optionally protect your PDF with a password
Platform: PC Download
Top Customer Reviews
My reasoning for 3.5 stars is that the program has a large selection of graphics available, however, it seems to be the less than sterling "office clipart" grade. For a free program, of course it's worth it, and don't get me wrong, you could make a great looking product with this, it's just easier with something a bit higher grade. Perfect for casual invitations, fun flyers, giving something a little more edge that a 20 point black and white page.
The learning zone is a great asset for beginners!
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This program has oodles of possibilities.
With the templates provided you can create greeting cards, invitations, resumes, banners, flyers, calendars, homework projects, signs, notices, thank you cards, postcards and more.
On the website there are additional downloads for more templates of the various content above.
In terms of interface, the program reminds me of MS Word, so I found it easy to maneuver. I am using Windows Vista and installation was a snap and just took a few minutes.
As far as completing a project, it's as simple as dragging and dropping graphics and photos and typing in your titles and any wording.
My 12 year old daughter and I have completed a calendar, birthday card, flyer, door hanger and newsletter. I think this software is great for beginners as it is simple to navigate and complete projects quickly.
If this turns out to be too basic but you like the format then you can upgrade for a fee on Serif's website.
I have included a quick video so you can see how this works.
It's a simple program for beginning designers. I highly recommend it.
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PagePlus Essentials has pretty much everything you need out of a desktop publishing software that is meant to design a page and print it. A more sophisticated package such as QuarkXPress, which is another desktop publishing software I'm familiar with because I worked at Quark, maybe more expensive because it handles color separations for offset lithography, and other professional purposes, but when it comes to designing a page--or pages--and printing it with your desktop printer, PagePlus is a rock solid, feature rich, amazing piece of software.
PagePlus has a page organization box, like the layers of images in Photoshop. It gives tremendous artistic control of objects, such as images or text, and provides very good help. But there is one feature I found that blew my mind: Instant 3D. I've attached a video of how I created a 3D looking image of the Constitution of the United States from a 2D stock image I found in Google. Need I say any more?
Truth be told, even if PagePlus had come with a big user's manual--I wouldn't have looked at it. I'm just not wired that way. For the most part, I expect software to be intuitive. I do not think that this product is as easy to manipulate as effectively as I would have wished. I was able to construct just about anything my heart desired. I put together some awesome presentations intermingling text and pictures--but it was sometimes difficult to gauge how they would look once printed out. I ended up wasting quite a bit of ink printing out things that just didn't lay out right. I'm not saying that there wasn't a way to judge this more effectively via the program, I'm just saying that it wasn't an intuitive option. I think there are several major drawbacks to new users or to those with less design experience.
However, especially at a sale price, PagePlus Essentials is setting itself up as a cheaper alternative. So, if you have the ambition to save a few bucks, you can definitely master the program with a little more time. Just play around and experiment. At about 3 1/2 stars overall--I probably wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this to friends, but it's an absolutely serviceable piece of design software.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This early edition of PagePlus certainly came with its share of bugs and quirks.
Thankfully, more recent versions are more streamlined and intuitive. Read more
this is an easy way to make good design for my business, i like it, and i really used so muchPublished on October 31, 2013 by Juan Luis Pallerola
The start up time was longer than I consider ideal. Many page layouts were possible. Lots of fonts could be used. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Suzanne R. Arnholt
I really enjoyed this product. I was amazed that a person with a limited computer skills as myself could do as well as I did. It is easy to use and quite straightforward. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Need to be able to make jpeg files I can't find any way to do this and most of what I use this for requires Jpeg or gif filesPublished on March 18, 2013 by Gary L. Myers