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Product: PageMaker 7.0
Company: Adobe
Estimated Street Price: 499.00$
Review By: Julien Jay

Final Results And Overall Mark  

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Interface & Features
3: Advanced & Miscellaneous Features
4: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the Adobe PageMaker 7.0.


Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: 80%
Interface: 60%
Ability to output
documents: 95%
Ease of use: 80%
Templates' Richness: 85%
Templates &
Cliparts' Quality: 75%
Price: 60%
Overall: 78%

During the past few months Adobe has reoriented its whole range of software on the e-paper theme. The result with PageMaker 7.0 is that the software is more PDF oriented than ever. Not only can you import PDF files into every PageMaker 7.0 document, but you can even export your publications as PDF files to ensure their readability across all kind of platforms (PC, Macs, PDAs, etc). The new enhanced text features are more than welcome for such software. PageMaker 7.0 now offers every font setting you can dream about. During this review I found that PageMaker 7.0 is clearly a mammoth of power thanks to the numerous features it includes. Despite my first thoughts the myriad of features doesn’t make the software hard to use and this is a great advantage. Incredibly powerful, the creative side hasn’t been forgotten with the tighter integration of the software with PhotoShop and Illustrator as well as the inclusion of tons of high quality bonus contents.

Sure everything is not perfect and the software still features two big weak points. First the awful interface of PageMaker 7.0 is quite disheartening. This is really a shame, especially when you know PageMaker targets the SOHO (spell this out whatever it is) market. We hope Adobe will seriously revamp the interface of PageMaker for the next version. The second thing we reproach to PageMaker 7.0 is its price. Adobe may argue that the software is cheaper than InDesign (which is true) however, it remains way too expensive in comparison to Microsoft Publisher 2002, Corel Draw! 10, and other publishing programs.

All in all PageMaker 7.0 is a good upgrade that brings great new features (like the ability to merge data into documents) while maintaining a state of the art creativity level where the user has total control over each setting that impacts the look of a composition. Plus PageMaker 7.0 accommodates itself of a modest hardware configuration making it an unavoidable choice for printer providers, corporate communication services, school teachers, etc.


Specs & Package
Overall Score 78%
Version Reviewed PageMaker 7.0
Release Date Out Now
In The Box? 1 CD
Users Guide
TechSupport Book
The Good Points Features Rich
Easy to use
Numerous text settings
Great PDF support
New File Importers
The Bad Points Ugly Interface
Way too expensive
Data Merge Feature doesn't support ODBC
No tooltips in palettes
Poor HTML Exporter
Reviewers Specs

Pentium 4 2.2 GHz
Asus P4TE Motherboard
Windows XP Professional
512 MB PC800 RDRAM
DirectX 8.1
19" Sony CPD-E400 Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Adaptec 19160
Adaptec USB2Connect 3100LP

DVD Pioneer 106s (16/40x)
Yamaha CRW3200S

Olitec USB ADSL V92 Ready Modem

PC Required

Intel Pentium Processor or higher
Microsoft Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0 with SP6, Windows 2000 or Windows XP
48MB of RAM
175MB of available hard disk space
Video card with 800x600 resolution and 8 bit/256 colors (24bit high resolution display recommended)
CD-Rom Drive


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