features new file importers: you can import PageMaker files from version
It is possible to import Quark XPress
documents into PageMaker, which is a good point if your Quark documents
aren’t too complex but you can even import files created with Microsoft
Both Quark and Publisher conversions use the same single importer for an
Adobe inaugurates a new data merge feature. This new feature, accessible
through the data merge palette, merges text and graphics stored in
spreadsheets or databases to customize your publication for every reader
recorded in your database. You can take advantage of this feature to create
custom publications for direct mail campaigns ensuring a more efficient
communication. But don’t get too excited! PageMaker
doesn’t support the marvellous ODBC layer offered by every version of
Windows. Instead you have to export text and image data from a database or
spreadsheet as a comma-separated file in .csv or .txt format. Those files
will later be merged into a PageMaker template. The feature offers you total
control over the layout and the records you want to merge or not (you can
specify the range of records to be imported).
chapter of advanced and high end features, PageMaker
now natively supports Illustrator files. You can import Illustrator
(or below) files into your document very easily through the Import Adobe PDF
Dialog box, due to the fact Illustrator
now use the PDF format. However PageMaker
doesn’t display or print transparency effects which is regretful. The EPS
filter of PageMaker has been updated so you can place EPS files saved as
into a document. This will provide maximum quality and let you print and
perform in –RIP separations of these files on PostScript
Adobe PageMaker Placing Dialog
Box (click to enlarge)
Importing an Adobe Illustrator
10 file (click to enlarge)
surely appreciate the basic drawing tools offered by PageMaker
will help you create lines, rectangles, squares, circles, ellipses and
polygons to which you can apply a stroke and fill. Those figures can be
resized using the anchor points or even rotated but you can even turn them
into frames that can hold text or imported graphics to create amazing
fact that PDF files are now widespread. One of the new rocking features of
is its ability to natively import and place into documents PDF files!
There’s no need, anymore, to locate the original file that was used to build
a PDF file. Locating and importing a PDF file into your document is
defiantly easy! PageMaker
files ensuring you can import PDF files created with PhotoShop, Illustrator
or every other applications (including non Adobe ones).
business dramatically spread with the internet, and PDF files spread with
it. Since a PDF file can be read on every PC by everyone with the free
Acrobat Reader software it quickly became a popular format. PageMaker
lets you export your creation as a PDF file through an enhanced user
interface that gives more feedback on the steps for exporting PDF files.
This new PDF export interface offers direct access to Acrobat Distiller
Options, so you can specify security and other export settings. Adobe
is provided with a full unlimited version of Acrobat Distiller
Adobe PageMaker 7.0 Export to
PDF settings (click to enlarge)
document is intended to be read on e-books, the support of Tagged PDF is
perfect for you! With this new feature a tagged PDF file will automatically
reflow the text for optimal readability with different display resolutions.
To create a tagged PDF file you just have to click the ‘eBook’ checkbox of
the Export Adobe PDF dialog box. PageMaker will automatically tag the text
and graphics making them independent of page size and viewing device in the
final PDF file. The result is that you can view tagged PDF files on a wide
variety of devices including handheld PDAs, laptops, and wireless devices.
Notice that tagged PDF files can be read by text to speech devices.
explained before, PageMaker
comes with a rich selection of professional layouts. There are
stock illustrations in Illustrator or JPEG format,
high resolution stock photographs and more than
high quality Adobe Type
fonts in addition to the hundreds of templates for newsletters, brochures,
important technical aspect of such software is its ability to output
consistent and predictable color. I mean the color you’ve chosen on the
software should appear exactly the same on paper printer copies. To do so
offers knockout, overprint and trapping features to compensate for
misregistration or hue shift between colors. PageMaker
can convert images from RGB to CMYK TIFF for separations and instantly
remove unused colors from a publication file. PageMaker
is ICC compliant so you can use color profiles for each devices of the
graphic chain. Typically a device like a printer, monitor, and scanner can
only reproduce a limited set of colors thus possibly impacting the result
you would get. The color management system of PageMaker
obtains the color characteristics of each device and maps this information
between devices to ensure the quality of the color output.
a document is always delicate especially if you entrust the work to a
professional printer. If the first file format obstacle will most likely not
affect you since every professional printing service has PageMaker
installed, you may encounter some problems like fonts that are missing, etc.
To simplify the printing process you can use the Save for service provider
plug-in that provides simple guided steps to consolidate everything the
printer needs in a single file. You can specify duplexing options while the
build booklet plug-in creates multipage spreads that print on a single
offers many interesting features; I’ll detail some of them here. You can
acquire graphics coming from scanners, digital cameras, etc. directly from
the software using the TWAIN compliant feature. Each composition can be sent
by email using the mail command of the file menu but you can also export the
current document as a HTML file. The HTML converter is quite obsolete so the
results are surprising especially if your document is complex (for example a
color background will not be rendered in the HTML file). PageMaker
uses plug-ins to accomplish various tasks. Many plug-ins are included in the
software, like a QuickTime plug-in that lets you import a still image of a
video sequence into your composition. Another example of plug-in is the one
that automatically frames the selected text.
offers a complete search feature that helps you locate a defined text in
your document. You can even search a publication for a word specifying its
font settings or paragraph settings. Adobe PageMaker
doesn’t include any print preview features. For example, in PhotoShop you
can move the object/composition you’re currently viewing over the screen
using the convenient hand tool.
Concerning the text features, PageMaker
can automatically number a list and place bullets in front of each topic.
You can also create columned texts very easily, which is very important if
you plan to create brochures or newspapers.
block has special positioning settings; you can change the vertical and
horizontal alignment options of the block (center the block on the page for
example), and choose to resize the block depending on its contents or
of the block can also be fine tweaked using the block settings dialog box.
Like you would expect from such a great publishing software, each text block
can be rotated. When doing so, the text settings palette displays advanced
options for rotating operations. You can also apply vertical or horizontal
symmetry to the currently selected text. After resizing a block of text,
some of the text may not be displayed anymore due to the new size. In that
shows a tiny red arrow: if you click it a new block containing the text that
was hidden due to the resizing of its holding block will be created where
you want on the page.
As I said
the interface of PageMaker
isn’t good looking. Among cosmetic bugs I won’t detail here, most of the
toolbars and palettes of PageMaker don’t display any tooltips. That’s quite annoying especially when you consider how
cryptic some icons are. As usual with Adobe software, the logo of the tools
palette can be clicked to open Adobe Online. This module checks for download
and applies updates for the software or open your web browser on
PageMaker’s homepage for more information on the product.
you can create professional documents via the layout features and
professional typographic features offered by the software. Just like graphic
designers you can use tracking to change the visual denseness of type on the
page, and kerning to adjust the spacing between pairs of letters. The
typography can be set to professional standards with point-size-dependent
tracking, kerning in
–em increments, and expanded and condensed type. PageMaker
offers precise control over word and letter spacing, hyphenation and
justification and text alignment unlike Microsoft Publisher
bet that in every office, where PageMaker
will most likely be used, the designer will probably use PhotoShop as well.
To simplify things, Adobe has further enhanced the integration of PhotoShop
files into PageMaker
How? Well PageMaker
now imports PhotoShop
files natively so you only have to store and manage one image file for use
in multiple documents and applications. There’s no need anymore to create
flattened PhotoShop files to import them in the software. The best thing is
that when you modify the PhotoShop file you’ve imported into a document,
PageMaker can automatically update it for a better efficiency.