TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

When it comes to desktop publishing software, it is hard to beat the first-rate and highly versatile PagePlus. This top-notch, user-friendly software not only lets you create the wide variety of printed materials traditionally associated with desktop publishing, but it also goes much further than that by helping you make eBooks and files for online use. This excellent software's extensive feature set and ease of use easily earns it our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

PagePlus offers you an abundant supply of tools for editing pictures, fonts, colors and more. In addition, this desktop publishing application gives you complete control over the look and feel of your written words and promotional materials. To top it off, PagePlus is easy to use and you can adjust it to your skill level while you are getting familiar with the software.

Features
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PagePlus has what you need no matter what project you have in mind. This software presents plenty of templates, including templates for banners, business cards, postcards, resumes, menus and stationery. Once you choose the template that you want, PagePlus then lets you select the layout and the color scheme of the template at the touch of a button. If the color schemes aren't what you had imagined, you can make your own to fit the project you have in mind. Each template is colorful and well organized, and you can easily alter them by adding or deleting text, photos or other images.

A key selling point for PagePlus is the fact that you can create and edit PDF files that you have prepared in other applications. You can adjust colors, add images, change text and more on the PDFs that you import into this desktop publishing software. An additional bonus is that if you need to send your project to someone else, you can create a PDF to send so that the recipient does not need the PagePlus application in order to view the file.

Photo & Text Tools
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 With PagePlus, you can use one of the application's pre-loaded images for your project or you can upload your own images. The logo design studio, as well as the photo editing tools, offer much more than the average user will need. You can also repair damaged pictures using PagePlus. The application features a red eye tool, a repair tool and more to clean up photos, hide scratches and make everyone look their best.

Aside from the standard photo-editing tools for resizing and correcting color and contrast, PagePlus has tools to add 3D effects, transparencies and filter effects. Some of these filter effects include an inner or drop shadow, inner or outer glows, bevel and emboss effects, feather effects and 3D or 2D effects.

PagePlus is equipped with a large variety of fonts, so you can create a look in your printed or online materials that is unique to you or your business. You also have the option to take your text beyond just basic shapes. For sample, the PagePlus tools permit you to shape text around nearly anything. You get freehand, straight-line and curved tools so you can create custom shapes and then add text to them. This is excellent for curving text around circular shapes or other creative touches that will make your projects pop.

Ease of Use
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Once you become familiar with PagePlus, it is quite easy to use. It has an interface that is somewhat similar to Microsoft Office applications, which will undoubtedly look familiar to most people. This desktop publishing software includes options to adjust text and page qualities as well as open, save and print documents. You also get several features toolbars, so you can easily adjust images, change shapes, use drawing tools and create effects. Additionally, you can alter the attributes of documents, viewing pages and color schemes simply by clicking a button. You can also customize the look of the PagePlus work space to display the tools that you commonly use.

Along with the ability to save your files in PDF format and print your projects yourself, PagePlus also gives you tips and provides a wizard for preparing your document for professional printing. You can set this desktop publishing software to save your work in the PDF/X file format, which is universally compatible with most professional printing shops. You can set your layout, separations for color, prepress file information, crop marks, registration targets and more.

Since Serif, the developer of PagePlus, is continually changing their product to fit the needs of its users, PagePlus now gives the option for you to publish your work online or in eBook form. You can then upload your work directly online, or put it on a Kindle or iPad. When you choose to publish this way, you can add video and hyperlinks to your project for an interactive experience.

Help & Support
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PagePlus provides some excellent help resources, including helpful video tutorials and a handy user guide. You will also find that within the application itself, you can click on the help button at any time and learn to use all the different tools you have at your disposal for creating and publishing documents.

You can also visit Serif's website and view a knowledgebase and a FAQs page, or browse an online community forum where you can discuss issues with other PagePlus users. You can contact the customer support team by telephone or via an online contact form. Serif also features Live Remote Assistance, where a technician can directly help you with the application.

PagePlus Summary:
9.6/10

PagePlus includes professional-looking templates, has great tools for working with larger documents such as books and catalogues, and provides you with a wealth of options for customizing any project. Moreover, this software allows you to edit imported PDF files and publish to eBooks if necessary. This application allows you to do so much, yet it's still easy to use, which is why we consider PagePlus to be the best desktop publishing software on the market today.

 
 
 

PagePlus X6

Pros
PagePlus allows you to edit and save imported PDF files.

Cons
There is no live chat included in PagePlus' help and support.

The Verdict
: 9.63/10

This is the best desktop publishing software because it is so versatile, is filled with features and tools and is easy to use.