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Adobe PageMaker Pro 7 Editor's Review

No matter how fast technology evolves and lifestyle alters around us, there are people who remain hooked to things considered obsolete by others. With all those fancy Toyotas and Hondas turning heads around, you can still find the neighbor who uses his decade old Buick and is fond of it. After all, it is a majestic car, has served him well for so long and still looks great! Same is the case with some PC users who are fond of software no longer used by majority or not in production anymore. Adobe’s versatile page layout app PageMaker is one brilliant instance in this regard.

PageMaker’s origin dates back to 1985, when it was introduced by Aldus. The last update was released by Adobe in 2004 when it declared it will cease development of PageMaker. The company still sells and supports the app though it encourages users to upgrade to InDesign. Therefore, it is no surprise that PageMaker’s system requirements are far modest than present generation desktop publishing rival apps. Officially, Adobe supports Windows XP though some users claim they use the app in Windows 7’s compatibility mode. The download size is 65 MB and you can buy it for $ 499 approx. The Mac version supports dated Mac OS 9. While the full boxed pack edition contains goodies like Adobe Type Manager Lite and Distiller, some of these are quite redundant.

Using Adobe PageMaker, you can create and print a plethora of documents like posters, brochures, catalogues, envelopes and leaflets. Creating multi page publications like magazine is also possible. In the latest version of PageMaker, there is enhanced support for various image and text file formats. The ability to export files in PDF is a big advantage for users. PDF files made with many apps can be imported too.

For those dealing with print media jobs and using older hardware and OS, PageMaker still comes across as a capable and versatile solution. The app offers robust support for higher end printers and duplex printing mode. Its color management options mean that you get consistent color output for graphic intensive files. The trapping, overprint and knockout features of PageMaker ensure there is no color profile mismatch. It supports color conversions from RGB mode to CMYK. Since it is compliant with ICC, you can specify colour profiles for multiple printers in your setup.  

PageMaker integrates well with other Adobe products and you can import Photoshop and Illustrator documents directly in its interface. Files from Older versions of QuarkXpress and Microsoft Publisher can also be imported to its interface. However, it cannot import files from InDesign. When you import files from Illustrator, the Import Adobe PDF feature is used. However, it does not display transparency effects or print them. One big omission is lack of print Preview feature. However, Photoshop files are imported with layers unaffected and when you edit the main file; changes are reflected in PageMaker- a time saving feature.

When it comes to text, there is enough flexibility in PageMaker. You can edit paragraphs of text with its story editor or use layout view formatting options. The kerning and tracking feature allows customizing of text position and style. Its new feature, Data Merge helps use graphics and text from database or spreadsheets in PageMaker.

The drawing tools of PageMaker are rather basic, compared to rivals like QuarkXpress. However, you can use them as frame and place graphics within. Adobe does offer a good amount of clip art and templates which come in handy for logo designers and graphic design professionals. The templates can also be customized to suit user needs.

In the new version of Adobe PageMaker, users get some interesting features. For example, you can capture images from digital cameras and scanners with its TWAIN interface. The app relies on plug-ins for certain tasks including video sequence import.

Positive Points:
 -  Modest hardware requirement compared to rival apps.
 -  Good integration with Adobe products.
 -  Support for PDF import and export.
 -  Extensive text formatting and editing options.
 -  Plug-ins help extend usability.

Negative Points:
 -  Officially supported only till Windows XP.
 -  A little too pricey as compared to its competitors.
 -  Cannot open InDesign files.
 -  No longer in development by Adobe.
 -  Majority of palettes and toolbars do not show tooltips.

Conclusion:
Should you use PageMaker or switch to the rivals in industry? The choice is somewhat tricky but it eventually depends on your priority. The app is not cheap, with a price tag near $500 but offers plenty of features. Support for PDF, Adobe apps and extensive text formatting options make it a suitable contender for majority of publishing and print jobs. Users with older hardware and software setup who are mostly into desktop publishing job can find it capable enough for their needs, even for graphics intensive projects. Freelance designers with modest budget can also consider it over pricier rivals, as it is. However, if your work involves web centric design and you want a compatible app for your illustration and image editing tools, InDesign or QuarkXpress 10 fits the bill better.

Rating: 3.5/5







Adobe PageMaker Pro 7 Publisher's Description

Adobe has released PageMaker Pro 7.0, the newest version of their page layout program. PageMaker offers tools for each person in the publishing cycle: graphic artists and designers; writers and editors; production artists, typesetters, prepress and Web professionals. With PageMaker, you can integrate text and graphics from many sources into virtually any kind of publication for the Web or print, from newsletters and brochures to color catalogs and magazines to Web pages, with maximum precision and control, but little or no design experience. The new PageMaker Pro release provides tighter integration with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat; allows reuse of existing content with its updated support for importing and converting Microsoft Word, Publisher, and QuarkXPress files; and allows users to create tagged PDF files to display documents properly on a variety of devices including laptop computers, PDAs, and other wireless devices. PageMaker 7.0 Pro is part of Adobe's vision of network publishing software, which allows users to create a document once and view it on any device, anytime, anywhere. To meet the needs of business professionals, educators, and small office/home office users, Adobe has included in PageMaker 7.0 hundreds of professionally designed templates for newsletters, brochures and more, plus 4,700 stock illustrations in Adobe Illustrator and JPEG format, 300 high-resolution stock photographs and more than 150 Type 1 fonts. PageMaker Pro 7.0 has been designed to meet the needs of three types of user: Business marketing communications, sales, or administrative individuals, with little or no design experience, who must produce polished and professional material such as marketing plans, business reports, and policy guides; Small office/home office producers, who need polished materials to compete with bigger companies, but don't have much time or training, and want to create business cards and letterhead, project proposals, newsletters, flyers, and ads. Adobe PageMaker Pro 7.0 Free Trial Download. Download Adobe PageMaker Pro 7.0 Trial Version. File Size: 116 Mb. Take advantage of layout tools, professionally designed templates, and clip-art.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Create a wide variety of publications in Adobe PageMaker 7.0, from simple one-page flyers to complex reports. Build your own publications from scratch, or take advantage of hundreds of predesigned templates that you can modify to suit your needs.

Publisher: marketsmaster | License: Shareware | Price: 50.00
Size: 118966 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 07-03-2011 | Rating: 5 | Title: Adobe PageMaker Pro 7

Author Url: http://www.adobe.com/products/pagemaker/
Program Info Url: http://www.adobe.com/products/pagemaker/
Download Url: http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/pagemaker/win/7.x/PM701Tryout.exe
Screenshot Url: http://marketsmaster.org/pagemaker_pro_7/screenshot.png

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