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Old 5th December 2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!

PagePlus X6 revolutionises publishing again as the only software that offers businesses and others all they need for inspiring promotional print materials, highly polished documents, full PDF editing, and producing eBooks or other digital documents – all within one affordable package! New to this version are improvements that raise the quality and variety of designs created by regular users, allow publishing of eBooks perfect for modern handheld computers and smartphones, enhanced digital PDF publishing, and plenty more.

Some of the great new features and benefits include
  • Publish eBooks – Become a published author or take your books into the Kindle age! PagePlus X6 lets you publish eBooks in the latest EPUB® and .Mobi formats for reading on eBook readers like the Kindle™, tablets like the iPad®, and smartphones. Flowing text frames with inline graphics seamlessly become electronic books that work on different devices, screen sizes, or display settings, with photos automatically optimized for efficiency. Include copyright information and much more in an accompanying eBook publishing wizard.

  • Graphics and Asset Management – Drag and drop ready-made graphics, logos, pictures and other content using the new Assets tab, search for content by category, keyword or just by eye in the Asset Browser, and organise graphics efficiently using a powerful Asset Manager. Store content in Asset Packs to group items however you prefer.

  • Improved PDF Publishing – New PDF output features include support for PDF layers, mail merge to PDF, automatic creation of hyperlinks and bookmarks in Tables of Contents, and changing between folded and regular document types without redesigning in an enhanced Print/PDF Previewer.

  • Improved eMagazine Power – Multimedia brochures and magazines have been possible before, but new PagePlus X6 power gives them even more interest…. why make a print-version of a brochure or magazine downloadable on your site when you can instead include engaging content like video, animation, and reader interactivity?! Now add more video types, stream Flash from the web to keep your PDF filesize low, hide/reveal layers with new mouse actions, turn graphics into interactive rollover buttons, and…. add custom JavaScript for even more interactivity! Now, how’s your next brochure going to look?!

  • Clean Design Mode – Keeping your page cleaner and your design neater – effortlessly – Clean Design Mode makes PagePlus feel fresh and intelligent! With Clean Design Mode turned on, layout guide lines, margins and object boxes are only visible when you need them, and intelligent ‘dynamic snapping’ is switched on to keep page elements better laid out while you create, move or resize items.

  • Improved Graphics Power – There’s an entirely new QuickShape called QuickDial for enhancing logos and other graphics, fully customisable with sliders around the object, plus drawing should be more efficient with a familiar Format Painter tool.

  • Preflight Checking – Don’t wait until you publish to see messages pop up out of the blue – check your document at any time and be given tips or warnings about publishing issues, whether for eBook, PDF, or HTML publishing, using a new, handy, dockable Studio tab.

  • New Pantone® Swatches – Add new Pantone PLUS and Pantone Goe colours for professional printing using a much wider range of colours than in the original Pantone Matching System. Also choose from Pantone Neons & Pastels palettes for just the right look.

  • Tidier, Streamlined Workspace – PagePlus X6 is even more efficient! There’s less tool clutter now that some items are cleverly moved to the Context Toolbar appropriate for what you’re working with, Studio tabs have had a makeover, workspaces are easier to access and save, and toolbar buttons are now available in 3 sizes to make things easier to see and select on high-res screens or for those with restricted vision. Plus, there’s now just one simple mode of operation whether you’re creating designs for print, as PDFs, eBrochures/eMagazines, eBooks, or for HTML publishing, and some tools are relocated for better consistency across Serif’s range.

  • Enhanced Long Document Features – There are quite a few new features, enhancements and tweaks that will please authors and other designers who create long documents. It’s now possible to add multiple Tables of Contents, they don’t need to be added to the front of a document in a new text frame anymore, you don’t need to run a wizard as you can access Table of Content controls in a new Studio tab, ToC document hyperlinks are automatically added when PDF publishing, and ToCs are created even faster! Indexes are also improved and also have a new Studio tab, and there are lots of changes to dictionaries to help speed proofing. Users can now operate multiple custom user dictionaries, can benefit from improved AutoCorrect rules, can set AutoCorrect rules on a per-language basis, and there’s now support for custom hyphenation and abbreviation dictionaries.

Of course there are also numerous other improvements and we encourage you to follow some of the links below or ask questions to learn more about this exciting new program!

Useful links:
PagePlus X6 Overview with links to press quotes, samples, screenshots, and system requirements
PagePlus X6 New Features
PagePlus X6 Video Overview

Thanks for reading! If you have any specific questions, please post them here in the PagePlus forum.

Regards, Dale.
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Serif (Europe) Ltd.

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