Adobe PageMaker 7.0

"Create a Document Once and View it on
Any Device, Anytime, Anywhere!"
| Type of Product | User Level | Features |
| Product Analysis | Final Comments | System Requirements |
Type of Product
box cover Adobe has released PageMaker 7.0, the newest version of their page layout program. PageMaker offers tools for each person in the publishing cycle: graphic artists and designers; writers and editors; production artists, typesetters, prepress and Web professionals. With PageMaker, you can integrate text and graphics from many sources into virtually any kind of publication for the Web or print, from newsletters and brochures to color catalogs and magazines to Web pages, with maximum precision and control, but little or no design experience. This new release provides tighter integration with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat; allows reuse of existing content with its updated support for importing and converting Microsoft Word, Publisher, and QuarkXPress files; and allows users to create tagged Adobe PDF files to display documents properly on a variety of devices including laptop computers, PDAs, and other wireless devices. PageMaker 7.0 is part of Adobe's vision of network publishing software, which allows users to create a document once and view it on any device, anytime, anywhere. To meet the needs of business professionals, educators, and small office/home office users, Adobe has included in PageMaker 7.0 hundreds of professionally designed templates for newsletters, brochures and more, plus 4,700 stock illustrations in Adobe Illustrator and JPEG format, 300 high-resolution stock photographs and more than 150 Adobe Type 1 fonts. PageMaker 7.0 is available for both the PC and Macintosh. Pricing: $499 for the full product; $79 for upgrades from previous versions; $289 for educators version. See the Adobe Web site for tips, downloads, tutorials, and a wealth of other material:
User Level
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Advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced computer users. PageMaker 7.0 has been designed to meet the needs of three types of user: (1) Business marketing communications, sales, or administrative individuals, with little or no design experience, who must produce polished and professional material such as marketing plans, business reports, and policy guides; (2) Small office/home office producers, who need polished materials to compete with bigger companies, but don't have much time or training, and want to create business cards and letterhead, project proposals, newsletters, brochures, direct mail, flyers, and ads; and (3) Teachers, administrators, faculty members or students, with limited design skills and budgets, who have a variety of class materials, academic reports, grant proposals, course catalogs, brochures, flyers, newsletters, yearbooks, and theses to create.

New Features in Adobe PageMaker 7.0 include:

  • Place Native Adobe Photoshop Files;
  • Expanded Support for Placing Native Illustrator Files;
  • Place Adobe PDF Files Created in Other Applications;
  • Updated EPS Filter;
  • Data Merge;
  • Improved User Interface for Exporting Adobe PDF Files;
  • Tagged PDF Support (eBooks);
  • Updated Converter for QuarkXPress & Microsoft Publisher;
  • Updated Filter for Microsoft Word & RTF File Import;
  • Enhanced Operating System Support.

Content Included in PageMaker 7.0:

  • Adobe PageMaker software;
  • Professionally designed templates, stock illustrations, and high-resolution stock photography;
  • 51 font families representing 183 Adobe typefaces (Education version);
  • 57 font families representing 204 Adobe typefaces (Retail version);
  • Adobe Type Manager Light 4.1 for Windows;
  • Adobe Type Manager Light 4.6 for Macintosh;
  • Adobe Table Editor;
  • Converter for QuarkXPress (Macintosh);
  • Converter for QuarkXPress and Microsoft Publisher (Windows only);
  • Dictionary software for 127 languages;
  • User Guide;
  • Apple QuickTime 4.1.2;
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 and Distiller 5.0 software;
  • Tryout versions of Adobe Photoshop 6.0, Illustrator 9.0, InDesign, GoLive 5.0 and more.
Product Analysis

Native Photoshop Files

With PageMaker 7.0, you can save time by working with native image files that preserve the original layers of Adobe Photoshop 5.0 - 6.0. Working with a single, compound file eliminates the need to manage multiple versions of flattened files. You can drag and drop the native file or use the Place dialog box. PageMaker automatically updates placed PSD files after you make and save changes to the file in Photoshop.

Native Illustrator Files
PDF Dialog Box
You can place native Illustrator 9.0 files as easily as you place native files from earlier versions of Illustrator. Because Illustrator 9.0's native format is Adobe PDF, the Import Adobe PDF dialog box opens when you place 9.0 files. PageMaker 7.0, does not display or print transparency effects in native Illustrator 9.0 files, but you can display and print transparency by first saving the Illustrator file as an EPS file.
Placing Adobe PDF Files
  Now you don't have to worry about finding the original source files used to create PDF files. PageMaker 7.0 places Adobe PDF files created in Photoshop 6.0 and Illustrator 9.0, as well as PDF 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 version files created in other applications. You can drag and drop them onto a PageMaker page or use the Place dialog box to import them.
Updated EPS Filter
  With PageMaker 7.0 you can import EPS files saved as Adobe PostScript 3, so you can print and perform in-RIP separations of these files on PostScript 3 devices. Adobe PostScript 3 gives you more control over creating and printing visually rich documents with complete precision.

Data Merge Capabilities
  Merge text and graphics originally stored in spreadsheets or databases to create custom publications, including form letters, mailing labels, envelopes, catalogs, or direct mail campaigns. You can even merge images, using a unique PageMaker 7.0 option. The merge capabilities allow you to personalize content, maintain a strong and consistent identity across all of your material, and present a professional look.
  Easily Export PDF Files
Export PDF
PageMaker 7.0 has an enhanced user interface that gives you more feedback about the steps for exporting PDF files. You also have direct access to Acrobat Distiller Job Options for specifying security and other export options. PageMaker 7.0 now includes Acrobat Distiller 5.0 which exports more compact Adobe PDF files than Distiller 4.0 did from PageMaker 6.6 Plus. It's now easier to share secure Adobe PDF files containing legal contracts, competitive bids, design proposals, and other confidential business information, and files can be viewed in Acrobat Reader 5.0, which is also included in PageMaker 7.0.

Tagged PDF Support
  Using PageMaker 7.0, you can create a publication, output a tagged PDF file, and then view that same PDF file on different devices with different display resolutions, as a tagged PDF will automatically reflow the layout to preserve optimal legibility for each display size. This allows you to create documents for a wide range of uses without a lot of rework. Tagged PDF files are designed for viewing on a wide variety of displays, including handheld PDAs, laptops, and wireless devices, as well as text-to-speech devices.
Updated Converters
The converter utility has been expanded in PageMaker 7.0 to handle QuarkXPress 4.0 and 4.1 documents (Mac OS/Windows), as well as Microsoft Publisher 2000 (Windows) files. A single converter utility handles conversion of both QuarkXPress and Publisher documents on the Windows platform. In addition, PageMaker converts more publication settings, such as window/orphan control and hyphenation settings in Publisher files.
Updated Filters
There is updated filter support for Microsoft Word 2000 (Windows) and 2001 (Mac OS), and enhanced support for .rtf and .txt file import.
Operating System Support
  PageMaker 7.0 is designed to work with current operating systems. It supports Mac OS 8.6 (with Apple Font Manager Update version 1.0), 9.1, and OS X (classic), as well as Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT 5.0 with Service Pack 5 or 6, Windows 2000, and Windows ME.
Final Comments
When Adobe released its high-end page layout program, InDesign, many designers thought that was the end of the era of PageMaker. For individuals like myself who have used and depended on PageMaker since its inception many years ago, it was a sad time indeed. Even though there were other layout programs out there, we had come to equate desktop publishing with PageMaker. Sure, it had its faults, but in our mind, it seemed easier and less confusing to use than QuarkXPress, and would definitely give you a more professional output than Microsoft Publisher. We begrudgingly installed and used InDesign (which is actually an excellent program), to show we were hip and were aware of the new "in product," but actually, we were still closet users of PageMaker. Now, with the release of PageMaker 7.0, we can hold our heads high and confess to feeling very happy with this new version of a familiar and comfortable page layout program and extremely glad that Adobe did not abandon it. Sure, it still has its faults and is rather pricey for first-time buyers, but it is an excellent choice as an upgrade. It is also a worthwhile choice for first-timers who need a program that combines simplicity, ease of use, an intuitive interface, robust features, and has up-to-date options, so they can create a variety of material with a professional outlook. For designers who like to work in other programs and place the text or graphics into PageMaker, the ability to place native Photoshop and Illustrator files, and the new and enhanced conversion and filter options are a great time-saver. The enhanced PDF options and tagged PDF support are a must in an age where designers need to create output that can be viewed on a variety of devices and shared between individuals. The included fonts, clipart, and stock photos are a great addition. With the launching of this new version, I think that we can be assured that PageMaker is alive and well and will be around for a long time to come! Adobe's other two page layout programs, InDesign and FrameMaker, are excellent choices also, but they are aimed at the very high end book and magazine companies or corporate publishers. Also they run best on newer machines. For computer users with older machines, PageMaker 7.0 is perfect as it does not require the processing power and memory that these other programs demand.
System Requirements


  • Intel Pentium Processor;
  • Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 with service Pack 5 or 6, Windows 2000, and Windows ME;
  • 32 MB of available RAM (48 MB or more recommended);
  • 175 MB of available hard-disk space for installation (200 MB or more recommended);
  • Video card with 800 x 600 resolution and 8-bit/256 colors (24-bit, high-resolution display recommended);
  • CD-ROM drive;
  • For Adobe PostScript printers: Adobe PostScript Level 2 or later.

Mac OS:

  • PowerPC Processor;
  • Mac OS software version 8.6 (with Apple Software Font Manager Update version 1.0), 9.1, and OS X (Classic);
  • 16 MB of available RAM (32 MB recommended);
  • 100 MB of available hard-disk space for installation (150 recommended);
  • 800 x 600 monitor resolution with 8-bit/256 colors (high-resolution 24-bit screen display recommended);
  • CD-ROM drive;
  • For Postscript printers: Adobe PostScript Level 2 or higher required.
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