Adobe Systems Inc.
has introduced a major new upgrade it its page layout program, PageMaker. The new version, PageMaker 7.0, sports improved interactive with business software and now integrates Adobe’s “network publishing” concept.
PageMaker 7.0 sports a new simplified workflow with other Adobe software like Photoshop and Illustrator. The new version features the ability to import native files from both applications. The new PageMaker also features integrated Portable Document Format (PDF) creation tools. Users can create tagged PDF files that will automatically reflow text to optimize display on laptops, PDAs and other devices.
PageMaker 7.0 also features improved support for Microsoft Word file import, as well as updated file conversion support for files created using Microsoft Publisher and QuarkXpress. The software also features new data merge capabilities that use both text and images exported from databases — enabling PageMaker 7.0 to assist in direct mail creation, for example.
PageMaker 7.0 will be released this summer in the US and Canada. Estimated street price will by US$499 for the full package; upgrades from previous versions will be available for $79 instead. An educator price of $289 is also available. Also look for PageMaker 7.0 to appear in a future version of the Adobe Publishing collection, a $999 suite of publishing applications.
Adobe notes that PageMaker supports Mac OS 8.6 (with Apple Software Font Manager Update 1.0 installed), 9.1, and Mac OS X in Classic mode.