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- Promote your business or club with posters, brochures, flyers and newsletters
- Create documents using stylish, agency-quality templates or design from scratch
- Make your own business cards and matching stationery packs with ease
- Open, fully edit, and save PDFs optimized for printing, sharing, or uploading to the web
- Design professional logos and edit photos in dedicated studios
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PagePlus X6, the #1 desktop publishing software, provides all you need for business-class digital publishing and print design – no experience required.
Creating amazing documents has never been quicker or easier using the professionally designed and fully customizable templates in PagePlus X6. They’re perfect for any digital or print project.
Don’t be daunted by a blank page! Themed graphic packs and ready-made logos simplify designing from scratch. Whether you need an eye-catching flyer or a seamless slideshow, all graphics, images, signs, flashes etc. you need are just a few clicks away.
Add absolutely anything to your documents instantly – text, pictures, logos, shapes and much more. Automatic alignment tools ensure your page remains neat and professional when you drag and drop any of these items.
Interactive ‘How To’ guides instruct you step by step, without disrupting workflow. Plus, you have video and written tutorials; active, friendly forums; an extensive knowledge base; and email support – all available whenever you need them!
Make changes to PDFs as if they were regular PagePlus documents: edit text, layout, images, colors, page order and much more. You can even edit PDFs that weren’t originally created in PagePlus – ideal for tweaking and repurposing – there’s nothing you can’t do!
It’s easy to publish eBooks for viewing on Kindles, iPads or other tablets, eReaders, smartphones and eBook applications. Manage output options and copyright with a built-in publishing wizard and self-publish with online bookstores.
Integrate video, audio, hyperlinks etc. into eBrochures, eMagazines and many more electronic publications. They can then be viewed on Windows, Mac and Linux systems, plus more.
With the powerful, yet easy-to-use tools and features in this award-winning desktop publisher, you’ll enhance your business communications and creative advertizing in no time!
Steps to Register on Multiple Computers:
1. When prompted with the Serif Registration Wizard, click on “Register now!”
2. To obtain the Registration key, click on “here” to register online.
3. A web browser will pop-up and click on “click here” to proceed with your registration online.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
5. After product is registered, you will receive a 6 digital Registration key.
6. Go back to the Serif Registration Wizard, copy/paste the Registration key and click Next.
7. Software will successfully register!
From the Manufacturer
Professional Desktop Publishing Made Easy
PagePlus X6 provides all you need for business-class digital publishing and print design, with no experience required. Create stylish promotional materials and stationery, edit PDFs, publish eBooks for iPad and Kindle, and make interactive multimedia brochures.
Publishing and Design
Templates bring results without design fees
Use one of the fully-customizable templates to kick-start your next project, or use stylish Theme Layouts as the basis of a custom design. Simply add your own images and text for the fastest way to create professional documents – ideal if you’re new to desktop publishing or just in a hurry. PagePlus X6’s power and usability gives you the quickest way to create responsive marketing materials without compromising on quality.
Customizable schemes give documents a consistent look with just one click, or you can use your own branding. PagePlus X6 also offers drag-and-drop graphics, images, signs, flashes, and more, with a powerful graphics organizer and manager.
All-in-one design for print and digital output
Enjoy drag-and-drop designing and freedom of layout, while utilizing automated design assistants to help keep you looking neat. Mix text, pictures, logos, shapes, and more, adding eye-catching graphic styles using one-click presets and intuitive tools.
Photo editing and logo creation tools are included with built-in, dedicated design studios, so you can complete entire projects with one program. Electronic publications such as eBooks, eForms, eBrochures, and eMagazines with clickable interactivity and streamed videos are also possible with PagePlus X6.
Support when you need it
Interactive "How-To" guides give step-by-step instructions without interrupting workflow, the status bar at the bottom of the screen provides useful tool tips, and the Help menu links to additional information and video tutorials. Plus, ask any question in our online customer forums, or quickly search our knowledge base to find the answer you need.
Professional Publishing You Can Rely On
PagePlus X6 helps you produce high-quality designs that can be printed at home or sent to a professional print shop for accurate results. Also publish digitally for sharing documents efficiently online, by email, or distributing via eBook stores.
Full PDF editing and broad compatibility
Fully edit PDFs – ideal for updating and refreshing existing documents or correcting errors in PDFs before they are distributed or printed. Full PDF editing power lets you move, resize, recolor, replace anything in the design, add new text and images, include bookmarks and notes, merge multiple PDFs, manage pages, and add security.
Import Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org files, ideal for enhancing and repurposing existing documents. Use popular and professional image types including JPG, PNG, TIFF, and Adobe Photoshop files, and even edit images in the program.
Ideal for professional printing
Send your designs to professional print shops with confidence, knowing they’ll be able to open and accurately print your job. PagePlus X6 produces PDF/X compliant files favored by the print industry (international standard ISO 15930-1), containing all design elements, ink colors, and other important print information in one package.
If you need to color-match existing branding or marketing, or prefer a very specific color from a chart, you can get exact results using Pantone PMS, Goe, and PLUS color systems. There’s even built-in color management so all your graphics and images will look as intended with a workflow optimized for calibrated screens.
The latest digital publishing
Produce eBooks in standard EPUB and .Mobi formats for readers like the Kindle, tablets like the iPad, smartphones, and for publishing to online book stores. Text and images flow together neatly and adapt to suit different fonts and screen sizes, with your publication’s pictures optimized for efficiency. A publishing wizard guides you to polished end results, helping you add author, copyright, ISBN, and more.
Create engaging interactive eBrochures, eMagazines, and other electronic documents with buttons, hyperlinks, streamed video, audio, and almost unlimited actions, making your information brighter and more memorable. Improve form responses by creating eForms for on-screen completion, with answers sent to you by e-mail, for free.
- Promote your business or club with posters, brochures, flyers, and newsletters.
- Create documents and stationery from scratch or use agency-quality templates.
- Publish eBooks for Kindle, iPad, or other readers, tablets, and smartphones.
- Design professional logos and edit photos in dedicated studios.
- Print yourself or professionally, with print press compatibility.
- Create forms for printing or to share as PDFs to receive responses by e-mail.
- Open, fully edit, and save PDFs optimized for printing, sharing, or uploading to the web.
- Pentium class or compatible PC with DVD drive and mouse
- Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP operating system (XP 32-bit)
- 512 MB RAM
- 566 MB free hard disk space (2.05 GB for default installation)
- 1024x768 display resolution with 16-bit color depth or higher
- Windows compatible printer
- TWAIN compatible scanner and/or digital camera
Internet connection and Adobe Flash Player plug-in are required for viewing online tutorial and overview videos. Microsoft Windows Imaging Component required in Windows XP. Additional disk resources and memory are required when editing large and/or complex documents.
Top Customer Reviews
PagePlus X6 by Serif is not Adobe InDesign. But that doesn't change the fact that it's an outstanding piece of software, filled with enough features for even demanding print publication needs, and represents an outstanding value at its price point.
If you're an "Adobe-phile," who absolutely expects total interoperability between your print, photo, and digital graphic assets, then this isn't the program you're looking for. Move along.
But if you're looking for a robust page layout and desktop publishing program, without having to spend $1500+, PagePlus X6 is absolutely the way to go. Without question this is the best InDesign "replacement" you'll find on the market.
As a side note, after having done some research into design "trio" packages--document design, vector art, raster imaging and photo manipulation--I've come to the conclusion that the most indispensable Adobe program is still Photoshop. Everything else--Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere--has a less expensive analogue by a competing vendor, in some cases that's BETTER than the Adobe offering (CorelDraw and Vegas Video Pro, I'm looking at you).
However, I don't want this review to devolve into what PagePlus X6 is NOT, because that would be a disservice to just how robust this program is. But when it comes to the digital design market, all comparisons start and end with Adobe.
First of all, PagePlus incorporates all of the features a trained professional would expect in a page layout / document design / desktop publishing program--master pages, text flowing between different page areas, text and object styles, and more. PagePlus includes simple vector art tools for creating graphical flourishes, and a number of predefined "filter" effects that can be applied to both objects and text.
Like InDesign, PagePlus also supports "smart guide" element layout, where the program detects the edge boundaries of surrounding objects, and gives you a visual cue of when items are successfully lined up. This feature is not as complete as Adobe's (I love InDesign's auto-detection of common spacing above and below elements), but it's there, and it works. PagePlus supports all of the most common image types, including JPG, PNG, SVG, Adobe Photoshop (PSD), and more. As a professional technical writer with a long history with InDesign, I was immediately at home as I reviewed the feature set, and quickly got up to speed. After an hour of familiarization, I felt confident that there was very little I had been doing in InDesign previously that I could not do in PagePlus.
That said, PagePlus does have its weaknesses. First, for some inexplicable reason, the "smart guides" option is disabled by default. This is an incredibly useful page layout feature; why PagePlus would have it turned off by default is just strange (the option can quickly and easily be turned on in the Grids and Guides menu in the system preferences). Since it's easy to turn on, it's not a big deal, but some users may not even know to look for the feature at all, and end up missing on the functionality it provides.
Second, the way PagePlus handles object styles is less intuitive than InDesign. Seeking consistency, InDesign uses the same basic interface style for creating text styles (header styles, list styles, etc.) as object styles (setting borders, text wrapping, effects/drop shadows, etc.). You select the options in the various palettes, give the style a name, and save it, where it can be instantly applied to other objects and text.
PagePlus, on the other hand, uses a similar design for text styles as InDesign (a simple menu interface), but goes a completely different direction for object styles. To use object styles, you create the style options and save them, but instead of displaying object styles in a list, complete with the name you gave it, PagePlus uses a visual "palette" menu instead, meant to demonstrate the effect the object style will actually have.
This seems like it should be more intuitive--a visual representation is always better than a text-based one, right? But as a long time InDesign user, it just felt confusing and unnecessary. It's just as easy to preview a style's effect on an object by selecting it, than trying to determine what the style does based on a half-baked visual "preview." Maybe if PagePlus displayed the NAME of the object style beneath its visual representation, it would be less confusing. That being said, the actual options available are just as robust as InDesign--drop shadowing, transparency, glow effects, and more--it just feels clunky to use and manage. If there was one thing I would change about the program, it would be the object styles menu.
Everything else, however, has a very accessible, easy-to-navigate feel. All the options you'd expect to see are there, they may just be in a slightly different place than InDesign users are used to.
There are several things I liked BETTER than InDesign as well. Once you get used to them, the Fill / Transparency controls are a much better way of managing those elements, especially gradients, than InDesign's (though InDesign's swatch menu is superior). PagePlus's "story mode" text editor is also surprisingly clean and much more usable than InDesign's. I could easily see myself using PagePlus as my primary "word processor" down the road, since in business, most of the time text in a program like Word isn't going to stay in Word, but move into a publishing program like this one.
(As a side note, with how powerful, useful, and functional PagePlus is, I can't imagine why ANY business would continue to compose professional documents in Word. Its limited style features, hard-to-use graphic flourish tools, and generally clunky handling of graphic objects make it a nightmare to do anything with it. Once you get used to the freedom of a program like PagePlus, going back to Word feels like going from a BMW to a moped. Yeah, they'll both get you from point A to point B, but one requires dramatically more of the driver).
The PDF import feature is also one of PagePlus's hidden treasures--take any PDF document, and open it in PagePlus as if it was any other file, make some changes or edits, and save it right back to PDF when finished. This option can occasionally strip some object styling (gradients and transparency fades are a notable example), but for simpler PDF documents, this isn't a problem.
For creating print-ready / pre-press documents, InDesign's utilities are more robust, support more compression options, font embedding options, and so on, but for all but the most hard-core of print publishing jobs, PagePlus is more than up to the task. (Don't let the "Adobe-philes" fool you--most publishers will take PDF files just fine; they don't have to be in native InDesign or Illustrator formats.)
I did notice some strange style changes when importing document text from both MS Word and OpenOffice / LibreOffice .ODT files. For some reason, PagePlus adds a page break in front of all paragraph styles. This can be turned off pretty quickly by going to the Styles palette editor, but it's just a very strange hiccup to have to deal with. Also, I love InDesign's feature that lets you map incoming styles defined in your word processor document to the pre-defined style in InDesign. PagePlus simply doesn't have this feature. For some workflow processes this isn't even a concern, but if you're flowing text from other sources regularly, be aware that this can be an issue. Again, not perfect, but hardly a deal breaker.
While it does have its niggles, all in all PagePlus X6 is an outstanding value for what it offers. At this price, there's simply no reason for a business to be stuck using the wrong tool (a word processor) for professional print documents. If your company already has a copy of the Adobe Creative Suite on every system, there's probably no need for PagePlus; for everyone else, this program should be a must-have, especially for companies on a budget that don't want to sacrifice usability, and want to ditch MS Word's frustrating, limited document design functionality.
On my PC the software is very stable (which is not always true with graphics programs) and the various layout tools intuitive and easy to use by graphics programs standards (meaning there is a learning curve for beginners with this sort of software, but not too steep).
I've never run into a layout task PagePlus couldn't handle, and have found it does a few things InDesign can't do, like open a PDF so you can work with it (so for the reviewer who wrote that PagePlus isn't InDesign: No, and thank goodness).
Book text needs to be broken down by chapter and then put together by the BookPlus module in the program which stitches everything together into a single PDF, putting in the right page numbers in the process. This is especially important if you have pictures with your text, and also doesn't tax your computer memory and slow the layout work down.
Creating eBooks is a little tricky with X6, but once you get the hand of putting everything "inline" with the text, it works well at this task (a little online searching tells you how to do this -- currently the help file isn't quite right in the steps needed to get the output right).
Don't let the low price on this software fool you -- it's capable of professional work and even doing a few things that some higher priced software can not do.