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This is sort of the "Paint Shop Pro of desktop publishing" - just as PSP
offers most of the functionality of Adobe Photoshop at a fraction of the
cost, PagePlus is a full-featured DTP program that mimics PageMaker very
closely, for $59.95, which is WAY cheaper.
If you're accustomed to PageMaker, making the switch will be easy - it is
very similar in its design. And the company has been around for years - I
used PagePlus 4 or 5 when I was a starving writer who could not afford
PageMaker, and now it's on version 8.
The only downside is that it's not in common corporate usage, so if you're
working with a team of colleagues (or a printing company) who require
files in Adobe format, you're sunk (much like using Frame around a bunch
of Word junkies). But it does do CMYK separations and such; it really is a
professional tool. I don't know if it creates/supports PDFs.
It's worth checking out, BUT you need to make sure that it would be meet
any dependencies and requirements that your working situation may enforce.
My two cents....
- Keith Cronin
Boy, giraffes are selfish!
- Barney Fife
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