[Contest] Serif PagePlus X8

| September 25, 2014

Serif PagePlusX8

Good desktop publishing software are not dime a dozen. It’s hard to come by a good desktop publishing software without shelling out an enormous amount of money. This is where Serif PagePlux X8 races its way through, overtaking the competitors. Serif PagePlux X8 packs in a lot more tools, more than its competitors but still manages to cost less, without compromising in quality or productivity. Coming from a company that has received more than 200 awards since its inception in 1987, PagePlus X8 is one of the most respected desktop publishing software in the market right now.


  1. Precise text and layout control
  2. Supports the new EPUB 3 standard
  3. PDF creator
  4. Complete photo editing
  5. Amazing colour control
  6. Auto correct and hyperlink enhancements
  7. Flexible image importing
  8. Professional graphic design filters
  9. Stylish new tables and calendars
  10. 64-bit scanning support


Precise text and layout control: Serif PagePlus X8 is the perfect tool for anyone looking to create some outstanding promotional materials such as newsletters, banners, business cards, posters, logos, graphs, diagrams, etc.

The new Baseline Grid helps you with precise arrangement and alignment of texts even when the texts are of different sizes. Text columns and frame margins can automatically flip sides too, so facing pages are mirrored for a consistent and professional look.

Just so you know, you can even choose from a collection of over 2000 pre-designed layouts, graphics and images from the template library if you need help to get started.


Supports the new EPUB 3 standard: Apart from the regular Mobiand EPUB formatPagePlus X8 also supports the new EPUB 3 standard to ensure that your layout doesn’t go haywire on new devices. To make things easier, PagePlus X8 comes with a variety of blank templates with which you can preview how your digital document will look on iPad®, Kindle™, Nexus™ and other devices, so that your document is viewed exactly as intended, on all the devices.


PDF Creator: PagePlus X8 packs in a quite powerful PDF editor and creator. Apart from the regular tidbits, it can also insert a PDF as an image without losing the integrity of its graphics, text and layout. This is extremely helpful when you need to place someone else’s adverts in your publications and want to keep layouts intact.

You can save PDF files in the modern PDF/X-3 standard, favoured by print shops and publishers, or save as a smaller PDF for use on websites and sharing.


Complete photo editing: PagePlus X8 also comes with an in-house photo editor name PhotoLab, so that you won’t have to look around for an external photo editor to edit your photos. It comes with a wide range of editing tools and preset effects, giving you great control over colour, light and contrast. The most used photo editing tools like Clone Tool and Gradient Mask are also included, to give your photos the extra punch, depth and style.

Photolab can import photos of all the generally used extensions including Adobe Photoshop PSD.



Amazing colour control:  You can personalise your publication even further by replacing specific colours across your entire publication with 84 brand new Pantone® colours that are just a mouse click away.

You can also pick colours from any image you import to build up a bespoke colour palette and maintain colour consistency throughout your documents.


Auto correct and hyperlink enhancements: Create interactive newsletters and eBooks with hyperlinks, where needed, without worrying about typos.


Flexible image importing: Work efficiently with a pop-up gallery that allows you to insert any/multiple image onto your publication.


Professional graphic design filters: Enjoy a selection of new filter effects including the Trail effect that allows you to add retro motion blurs to your graphics and images.


Stylish new tables and calendars: With PagePlus X8 you get access to a comprehensive gallery of fully customisable table and calendar styles.


64-bit scanning support: This new version of PagePlus also supports scanning even on 64-bit system.


Why is SerifPagePlus X8, a better choice, than its competitors?

If you compare Serif PagePlus X8 with Microsoft Publisher 2013 or Adobe InDesign CC, you can clearly see that it packs much more tools than the other two.


Let me highlight a few of them-

It starts with compatibility, Serif PagePlus X8 can be used without any active internet connection on any PC running Windows XP to Windows 8. Whereas the other two needs an internet connection to work with and on top of it, they don’t work on Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Serif PagePlus X8 comes with Logo Studio which isn’t present in either of the other two. Moreover, live gradient fill, transparency tools and live shadow tool are also absent on the later.

Serif PagePlus X8 comes with inbuilt photo editing tool, PhotoLab, whereas, its competitors lack any such tool. It also supports 64-bit scanning and can export documents to .Mobi format but Microsoft Publisher 2013 or Adobe InDesign CC lacks either of the features.

So Serif PagePlus X8 does cover more grounds that Microsoft Publisher 2013 or Adobe InDesign CC has yet to explore.

Last but not the least, price factor. Serif PagePlus X8 costs much less than Microsoft Publisher 2013 or Adobe InDesign CC.


System Requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • Windows-based PC* with DVD drive and mouse
  • Microsoft Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 (32 bit) operating system
  • 512MB RAM (Windows® XP), 1GB RAM (Windows® Vista and 32-bit Windows 7® and 8) or 2GB RAM (For 64-bit Windows® 7 and 8)
  • 510MB free hard disk space
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution (at 100% scaling)

Recommended requirements

  • Additional disk resources and memory are required when editing large and/or complex documents


Optional requirements

  • Windows-compatible printer
  • TWAIN-compatible scanner and/or digital camera
  • NET 2.0 for text import filters (Word 2007/2010 + OpenOffice) (installed by default)*
  • Internet account and connection required for accessing online resources and .NET installation

* Main processor must support SSE2 instructions

Product Homepage: http://www.serif.com/pageplus/

Reviewer: Myna

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