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PagePlus is a desktop publishing (page layout) program developed by Serif. The first version was released in 1991 as the first commercial sub-£100 DTP package for Windows. The latest release is PagePlus X5[1], which runs on Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista and Windows 7.



PagePlus is primarily written in C++ using Visual Studio 2008, with a heavy dependence on the Microsoft MFC framework. The Windows GDI library was discarded early in development in favour of an in-house composition engine - supporting advanced bitmap and typeface operations. Said engine currently performs well in comparison to other GDI based products. The text engine supports Unicode text entry.

Whilst PagePlus is generally targeted at the "entry level" DTP user, much of the functionality present in the market leading applications (Quark's XPress and Adobe's InDesign[2]) is present in PagePlus, such as working in the CMYK colour space, OpenType Feature support, and Optical Margin Alignment (Optical Justification). PagePlus also has the ability to view, create, edit and publish PDF files.[3] Owing to the increasing price of alternative software such as Microsoft's Publisher, Serif PagePlus remains popular among voluntary and low-income organisations. However Serif has failed to achieve much acceptance within professional circles, partly due to the notable absence of Macintosh versions of its products.

There is a free version of the software, called PagePlus Starter Edition 2.0. It is based on the previous version of the software (PPX4). In order to use this software, the user must download and install the program, then get an activation code through their email in order to unlock the software. The user has access to free designs and templates to download at the site.

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