99% of home users will use Microsoft Publisher as their desktop publisher but will be unaware of a free superior package offered by Serif.
PagePlus SE contains many different paper sizes and when installing, it asks the user whether they are American or European (for paper sizes). PagePlus SE can be therefore be used to design everything from an envelope to a letter!
Most of PagePlus SE's features are also in Publisher but I feel that PagePlus SE is easier to use when designing something more than a greeting card etc. For example, instead of having to go through all sort of context menus to be able to specify an object's position, PagePlus SE bears a bar which allows the user to numerically enter information like the position, size and angle of objects. This is much easier than having to right click an item or guess-timate its position.
I also feel PagePlus SE is better with kerning, with this also being in the changebar as opposed to being hidden in a menu!
Some options in PagePlus SE are also more technical: it allows the user to state the rendering they want on screen and on print, for example. The user can also opt for grid lines. There's also a resource and text manager, where all images and text used inside the publication are listed to allow a quick summary.
Unfortunately, PagePlus SE cannot export into industry-standard formats like PDF and EPS.
Serif host a number of designs on their website which people can import int PagePlus to use.
It may not be Quark, but it's free and easily up to the same standard as its nearest competitor: Publisher. Unfortunately, like Publisher but unlike Quark, it is Windows-only.Advertisement
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