Adobe PageMaker

PageMaker was the first desktop publishing program, introduced in 1985 by Aldus Corporation[1], initially for the then-new Apple Macintosh but soon after also for PCs running the then-new Microsoft Windows. PageMaker was awarded an SPA Excellence in Software Award for Best New Use of a Computer in 1986.
n 1985, the first DTP program PageMaker came on the market, combined with the first affordable and low-priced Postscript printer. This first version was for Apple computers with their operating systems Mac OS only. Just some years later, a Windows version followed. The developer and manufacturer was Aldus. Meanwhile, it is part of Adobe’s product range. The current version 7.0 is made for business, small-office/ home office (SOHO) and education users to produce professional documents for printing and electronic distributing, like:
• Newsletters
• Reports
• calendars
• basic brochures
• poster
• flyers
• eBooks
The target groups of this software are business people and educators with little or no design experience. It integrates other Adobe software like Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat with import filters. The output formats are:
• Adobe PDF
• prepress files
• PageMaker
In order to create documents in a short time, the software package includes additions like:
• Templates for, among others, newsletters, brochures, visiting cards and flyers
• 150 PostScript fonts
• 4700 stock illustrations
• 300 stock photographs
• Acrobat Distiller 5.0 software to create PDF files
The big advantage of PageMaker is its clear comprehensibility which leads to a fast understanding of the handling.
The big disadvantages are:
• only one undo command is possible
• no spreadsheet support
• the Import of Adobe PDF is only possible as a graphic
• the Spell-Checker works in the text mode window only
• generating of bad HTML source code

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