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Old 09-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #61
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So, then how does Indesign compare to Serif, and how do its later versions compare to earlier in print quality??
No idea. You need to hear from someone who uses (or has used) both of them.

InDesign is very capable. But what that would amount to in your case (and how much of a learning curve there would be), is another story. None of us ever uses all the functions in these huge apps, including InDesign.

   
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Old 09-29-2007, 07:13 AM   #62
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No idea. You need to hear from someone who uses (or has used) both of them.

InDesign is very capable. But what that would amount to in your case (and how much of a learning curve there would be), is another story. None of us ever uses all the functions in these huge apps, including InDesign.

InDesign 3 is priced at $680, and InDesign 2 at $320 at various online software vendors. PagePlus is either free (downloaded) or in any case less than $20 with shipping and taxes as a CD. Same kind of thing happens with Photoshop CS3 versus Paint Shop Pro.

It seems to me that only professionals with a business reason to do so should use the top of the line software for DTP or digital image editing, and the rest of us will do just fine with inexpensive or almost free alternatives.

I have never learned to use many of the features in Paint Shop Pro 8, and in fact I bought PSP 6 from Ebay, because I like it better than PSP 8.

I am considering Serif PagePlus, because I think it would be better than MS Word for preparation of flyers for my civic association. I always have a concern for the learning curve for something new in software, and I am still on that learning curve for Pegasus.
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I bought Serif PagePlus 5.0
I wonder that anyone should offer PagePlus 5 for money: I tried out PagePlus 8 about two years ago (it was available free from a magazine CD) to see what it was like. Soon afterwards, I bought PagePlus 11 (the then current version), which, unlike its predecessors, recognized Unicode characters that were inaccessible using ANSI keystrokes. PP 11 (& now, 12) is about as good as InDesign for text, though it doesn't give automatic selection of glyph variants, which is one of the big advantages of InDesign.

   
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #64
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I wonder that anyone should offer PagePlus 5 for money: I tried out PagePlus 8 about two years ago (it was available free from a magazine CD) to see what it was like. Soon afterwards, I bought PagePlus 11...
Actually most of the PagePlus on Ebay were version 3.0 for about $15/w S&H. How was I to know that they had a free download, or that they sold version 9.0 for $9.99???

So, the free SE edition has better print quality than the 5.0 version. Did you find 11.0 had better print quality than 8.0??? Print quality is what interests me. My formatting is actually quite basic, despite the inventive outline forms I might use. But I print on a laser, and being fussy can make a real difference.

What really irritates me about InDesign may not be the price, so much as I can't buy it for a fraction of the cost, like I do everything else, (I mean you should see the art work I just bought from some physician's collection, at prices completely ridiculous -- it seems it's just how I think anymore).

So if I could get a significant improvement in print quality, I might actually go to InDesign, if it's not too hard to learn or use. But it would have to be significant improvement, and even then, I'll still figure out some way to get a deal (I mean legally), because it just always happens to me -- even just this morning in plumbing repairs.

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I am considering Serif PagePlus, because I think it would be better than MS Word for preparation of flyers for my civic association. I always have a concern for the learning curve for something new in software, and I am still on that learning curve for Pegasus.
Definitely better print quality. The learning curve is virtually nothing. I installed it and started using it, but I'm sure with a book or tutorials I'll do much better -- but I'm not expecting that to be difficult, from what I have experienced so far.

Scribus, OTOH, is another way of thinking. It's not hard so much as getting used to its ways is a process -- maybe a long process. I haven't looked at its print quality yet. I don't know that I will like using it.

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