Adobe has begun shipment of PageMaker 7.0, the newest version of its page-layout program. Targeted at educators, and SOHO users with little or no design experience, the latest version has built-in PDF (Portable Document Format) creation tools, which allow users to create tagged PDF files that display documents on a variety of devices including laptops, PDAs, and other wireless devices.
"Improved support for Adobe PDF in PageMaker 7.0 is an important enhancement," said Gordon Woolf, owner of Worsley Press. "Quick conversion of materials to tagged Adobe PDF files speeds the process of sharing materials with clients and simplifies the work of creating designs that can be distributed on paper or over the Web."
PageMaker 7.0 also features tight integration with Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Adobe Illustrator. It can import Microsoft Word, and supports file conversion of Microsoft Publisher and QuarkXPress files.
PageMaker 7.0 is available for £405. Upgrades from previous versions cost £59. The latest version is also available as part of the £819 Adobe Publishing Collection, which consists of four software programs for creating, assembling, and delivering artwork for print and the Web: Adobe PageMaker 7.0, Photoshop 6.0, Illustrator 9.0 and Acrobat 5.0. All prices are plus VAT.