Serif Launches PagePlus X6 – The Ultimate Business Tool for Print and Digital Publishing


December 05, 2011 – Small businesses looking for an affordable print and digital publishing tool to help market themselves can now benefit from PagePlus X6 – the versatile and easy-to-use desktop publishing software from Serif, the award-winning design, publishing and creative software developer.

The latest version gives computer users with normal office software skills the power to create and print stylish promotional materials and stationery, fully edit PDFs like no other desktop publisher, make interactive multimedia brochures, and now publish eBooks – all at just £81.69. It helps businesses create materials that outshine what they normally produce using their other office software, or achieve more than is possible with other desktop publishing software, without a steep learning curve or extra training.

“PagePlus X6 is revolutionising publishing in an affordable way, as it did when we launched the first version of PagePlus in 1990 – the first sub-£100 desktop publishing software for Windows,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “It has been recognised as one of the best desktop publishing programs over the last 20 years and now, by embracing eBook publishing and further enhancing its PDF publishing power, it is more useful than ever for start-ups and small to medium businesses.”

Desktop publishing is an increasingly important part of everyday work in non-desktop publishing roles, yet many businesses and employees need a helping hand to create marketing materials and other compelling publications that stand out from the crowd. Many businesses will turn to tools already at hand, often word processors, and this is commonly seen with plain or unattractive prints throughout businesses on a daily basis.

“There has never been a more pressing time for businesses and employees to step up the quality of their documents. What’s more, we recognise that businesses, professionals, clubs, charities and individuals increasingly need to share information online, to publish for online stores, and to have their content consumed on devices like the iPad®, Kindle, or smartphones in order to reach and engage with the widest audience. PagePlus X6 allows print designs to become interactive eBrochures, its PDF forms can be completed online with free data forwarding, PDFs can be opened, fully edited, optimised and exported, and users can also publish eBooks in the latest formats.”

Other new and improved features include powerful asset management and fresh design content. Users can drag and drop from organised categories, including backgrounds, photos, photo frames, page layouts and whole stacks of pages. Graphical content created by Serif and end users can be organised on a themed or per-project basis, with keyword searching for added efficiency. Modern press colour systems have also been introduced, allowing Pantone® Goe and Pantone® PLUS colour for the most striking, accurate professional printing.

“With layout assistants, built-in PDF editing, photo editing, a logo creator and much more, PagePlus X6 has raced ahead of the standard word processor and its desktop publishing rivals – for design aesthetics, ease-of-use, and versatility. One of the many things that make PagePlus X6 so accessible is its revamped workspace and focus on tidier design. It has a much cleaner look with fewer off-page distractions and redesigned tool buttons available in larger sizes, plus a new design mode that reduces visible page clutter and encourages neater layouts.”

PagePlus X6 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at £81.69 (inc. VAT). It is available from Serif at www.serif.com/pageplus and from major retailers including Amazon and PC World. Existing Serif Software users should contact 0800 376 7070 for further information on upgrade pricing.

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For more information, contact Clare Homer at Serif at chomer@serif.com or on 0115 914 9042. Follow @Serif_Clare on Twitter.

Notes for Editors:

New and improved features of PagePlus X6 include:

  • eBook publishing with EPUB® and .mobi output, supporting flowing text, images, tables and lists. A publishing wizard sets output choices, copyright information, and offers text inclusion/exclusion options.
  • Asset management and fresh design content. Drag and drop stylish graphics, reuse elements from templates, organise content, and find items quickly using keywords.
  • Enhanced PDFs include streaming video, graphical buttons with rollover and click states, new actions (preset or via script) for unprecedented interactivity, and support for PDF layers.
  • Pantone® systems include Pantone® PLUS, Pantone® Goe, and Pantone Pastels and Neons palettes. PagePlus can also now use any colour as a spot colour for more flexible print output.
  • Clean Design Mode activates layout assistants to help keep designs tidy naturally, and reduces visible clutter in page layouts – no visible frames, guides, or margins until needed.
  • Pre-flight controls allow documents to be checked for PDF, eBook or HTML publishing at any time in a new Studio tab.
  • Drawing and graphics power – a new QuickDial QuickShape and new Format Painter tool.
  • Fresh PagePlus workspace. A cleaner look, redesigned, bigger buttons, more context-sensitive controls, with easier customization and saving/recalling workspace presets.
  • Unified design mode. Create print, static PDF, interactive PDF, HTML and eBook publications in one single design mode, with intelligent handling of document types for different outputs.
  • Long document features including enhanced Tables of Contents and Indexes, new Studio tabs, enhanced AutoCorrection, multiple user dictionaries, abbreviation and hyphenation dictionaries, and more flexible text variables.

About Serif

Serif is the publisher of the award-winning software range that includes PagePlus®, PhotoPlus®, DrawPlus®, WebPlus®, AlbumPlus®, MoviePlus®, CraftArtist® and more. Founded in 1987 with the aim to develop low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, Serif has been repeatedly praised for its powerful yet easy-to-use software which has put professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of ordinary PC users around the world. Now with over 6.5 million customers worldwide, Serif has over 230 employees at its head office, development and European sales centre in Nottingham, UK and its North American sales operation in California, US.

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