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So far, wonderful!
on September 16, 2012
In an earlier review, (now deleted), I complained about delivery problems which have since been resolved. Now I am happy to report that I have the product successfully installed, and have begun using it in earnest. In brief, I am quite happy with this software, even impressed!
Prior to obtaining Serif PagePlus X6, I had used Microsoft Publisher 97, learned Adobe InDesign CS and CS2 and played with Scribus 1.4.1. Performance and features improved with time. Serif PPX6 is not exception to that rule. Since most people will naturally compare it with industry standard InDesign, I will contrast PPX6 only with Adobe's previous offering (IDCS).
The most obvious difference between PP and ID is the workspace and the user interface. Whereas InDesign, and perhaps most desktop publishers, use picas and points as the primary units of measure, PagePlus seems just as comfortable with inches or centimeters that non-specialists are more comfortable with. The tools palette is somewhat different, as are the other controls and keyboard shortcuts. While there is nothing awkward about PP, learning new ways of performing the same or similar task requires something of a learning curve. Thankfully, Serif implemented a well designed help system, and provides training and tutorial videos to assist new users adjust to the myriad of tools available in this package. Unfortunately, the videos are available only online, and aren't available if you don't have an Internet connection.
My first project is a calendar booklet with which to display and promote my artwork. PagePlus has an interactive calendar wizard/tool; InDesign doesn't even have a script for it. There is some confusion about how to load graphics into the Assets Manager. But PagePlus allows in-document settings for image contrast and brightness, apparently without actually disturbing the original graphics file.
There are a host of other features I am looking forward to using, such as PDF creation and editing, along with exporting books to formats readable by e-Readers. There have been other difficulties encountered so far, but I ascribe them to my lack of experience with the software, and not an inherent defect or inability. For instance, in trying to set up the calendar as a folded document, it isn't / wasn't clear what page size I needed for the printer and which for the final (bound) product. But I expect such difficulties to be overcome with time and experience. In all, and am quite impressed with the power of PagePlus X6, and with its ease of use. It feels as if it unlocks for me a world of opportunities in becoming a self-published author.