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PagePlus X9

Released 16th November 2015

Auto-frameCalendar EventsConvert Text to TableEnhanced PDF SupportEPS Export

GPOS KerningGuide Tool • Hunspell SupportMaster Page ImprovementsPlaceable DPP files

QR CodesText Spacing ImprovementsTool FeedbackTracking and KerningWebP Support


Auto-frame Synchronises Text Frames

Users accustomed to word-processors will find it easier to work in this mode. It will create a new page and automatically switch to this page for seamless word processing. One can specify the extent to which it does this, and in which way pages are created for the overflowing text.

Calendar Events Manager

Calendar events are now managed globally. Applying events will add them to all calendars in the current publication. Import and Export of iCalendar formats are also supported.

Convert Text to a Table

Tabulated data delimited by commas, tabs, paragraphs or custom characters, can be converted to a Table, which is attached to the text, but can also be detached using the Anchor Properties dialogue.

Enhanced PDF Support

EPS Export

Export to Encapsulated Postscript is now supported. There are options to control colour space, to deal with transparency, to output text as curves or to embed fonts.

GPOS Kerning

Glyph Positioning (GPOS) tables for kerning are usual in Professional fonts, which often don’t include the legacy kern tables. Other OpenType features like Titling Capitals (cpsp) that rely on horizontal Glyph positioning are also supported, but features that rely on vertical positioning like mark positioning (mark) are not. My free OpenType fonts have both GPOS and legacy kern tables, but the GPOS kerning is far more comprehensive with pairs for Small Capitals, Petite Capitals, and Ligatures.

Guide Tool

The new guide tool makes it easier to copy guides to other pages or layers, to move pairs of parallel guides together, to position guides accurately using the Transform Tab, or to nudge guides with the cursor keys. The Align Tab can be used to space guides evenly down or across.

Hunspell Support

Spell-checking and hyphenation dictionaries for languages from Afrikaans to Zulu that are supported by LibreOffice can be installed for use with PagePlus. The language used for spell-checking is a character level attribute that is set in the Format, Character, Language dialogue. The dictionary to be used for checking that language is set in Options. For example, you could use the WinterTree dictionary for checking English, but the Hunspell dictionaries for checking and hyphenating text in Polish.

Available Hunspell dictionaries can be found on the LibreOffice/Dictionaries repository.

Example: To install a dictionary for Hungarian:–

1. Scroll down to the hu_HU language link and open it.

2. Open the links for hu_HU.aff, hu_HU.dic, and hyph_hu_HU.dic.

3. Right-click on the (plain) text link at the top of each page to save the linked content to any convenient folder your hard drive, e.g. C:\TEMP\LibreOffice Dictionaries\.

4. In Windows Explorer, rename them from *.txt to *.dic or *.aff file extensions as appropriate.

5. In the PagePlus X9 Options dialogue, Text, Proofreading, click on the Install Hunspell Dictionary … button and browse to where you saved the dictionary files. Select the main dictionary (in the above example it will be the hu_HU.dic file) to install it. A dialogue will then be shown where you can choose the languages that will use the new dictionary.  If the hyphenation dictionary is available for your chosen language you will see a message saying that spelling and hyphenation dictionaries have been successfully installed. If no hyphenation dictionary is available, the message will say that a spelling dictionary was successfully installed.

Simpler Method: Extract my Zip archives to a suitable folder and install them as from step 5 above:

BosnianBrazilianBulgarianCroatianCzechEnglish AustralianEnglish BritishEstionianFrenchGreekHungarianIcelandicLatvianLithuanianNetherlandsNorwegianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSlovakianSlovenianSwedishUkranianVietnamese

The archives contain the available *.dic and *.aff files for each language. All dictionaries are redistributed under the terms of the GNU License Agreement. Post on CommunityPlus if you need help getting the dictionaries for other languages or if you find an error in my archives.

Master Page Improvements

Master pages can be renamed and assigned to multiple selected pages at once using the Pages Tab.

Placeable DPP files

DrawPlus X8 files can now be placed as images within your PagePlus document. From PagePlus you can then convert them to objects allowing for further modification. Earlier DrawPlus files are not supported, and multi-page DrawPlus X8 drawings should be saved with previews to allow all pages to be imported.

QR Codes

Originally designed to track components for vehicle manufacture, QR (Quick Response) codes are becoming increasingly popular in advertising, enabling smart phone users to quickly access product information such as a retailer’s website by reading the QR Code, which can contain significantly more data than a barcode.

Text Spacing Improvements

New options on the Paragraph formatting dialogue allow space above and below paragraphs to be ignored for adjacent text styles, added instead of using the highest value, and to honour the space before at the start of a text frame.

Tool Feedback

As in DrawPlus, objects can now show live feedback when being resized. The setting can be disabled in Tools, Layout, Display if you don’t find it helpful. The object’s dimension show only when placing, resizing, or cropping objects, including Text Frames, Artistic Text, Tables, and Pictures. Feedback for lines is shown only after placing them.

Tracking and Kerning

The default shortcut of Alt + Left/Right has changed to adjust tracking/kerning in larger steps of 1% or in fine steps of 0.1% by using Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right. In previous versions the step was 0.1%, which was right for 10-12 point body text, but too fine for some users.

WebP Support

The WebP image format developed by Google offers improved compression over the JPG format for photographic images. Although it is not supported by Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge browsers its potential for reducing bandwidth makes it an attractive proposition for Web masters.

Photo_Monks_Group2.webpOn my web sites I provide a magnifying glass icon that users can click to view a high resolution WebP version. They can be viewed and edited in IrfanView if your browser does not support them. Opera and Chrome browsers are ideal for viewing very large WebP images using fast scroll with the middle mouse button.


PagePlus X8 – Getting Started with PagePlus X6

Released 4th August 2014 • Most Recent Update ( 26th November 2014

Baseline GridColours and SwatchesEdit in External ProgramEPUB3High DPIParagraph Tab

Placeable PDF ImportTable Format GalleryColumn RulesTWAIN/WIA Scanning

Baseline Grid

If the baseline grid is enabled in Options, any paragraph style that has “Snap to baseline grid” enabled will be moved down to fit the next baseline grid line. This feature automatically aligns the baselines of text on facing pages or in multiple columns, for a neater page layout. Individual text frames can have their own independent baseline grid for aligning of baselines in columns within text frames.

Colours and Swatches

The Colour Tab has been enhanced with a new mode to select colours from a picture. The Swatches Tab can be cleaned up or updated from the publication. leaving only those colours that have been used. The Colour Replacer can replace one colour with another.

Add Any Graphics Program as an External EditorEdit in External Program

Instead of Edit in PhotoPlus, the Image context toolbar now shows a drop list of programs that may be used to edit an image. PhotoPlus will be added by default if it is installed. Other programs can be added: PhotoShop, IrfanView, FastStone Capture, etc.

PhotoPlus will open in the background.


The latest specification for electronic publications is better suited to fixed layout publications. Users can now choose between fixed and free-flowing formats.

Large Icons for High Resolution screensHigh DPI

PagePlus is now designed for use on High resolution displays. Icons sets in different sizes can be chosen in Tools, Options. As displays have more pixels, icons and menus become tiny when using older software. Changing the Windows DPI settings will now automatically use larger icons with more pixels.

Paragraph Tab

The most frequently used paragraph formatting options are now available from a Tab on the right of the workspace. This adds nothing that cannot be done from the Format, paragraph dialogue. In general, it is better to use styles to apply formatting changes globally. However, when you do want to change a setting for the current paragraph or a few paragraphs only, this makes it a bit quicker.

Placeable PDF Import

This is one of those long awaited features requested by professional users. It is especially useful for those who are publishing newspapers and magazines for placing advertisements. PDF files can be placed exactly as they are provided without the problems of missing fonts, etc.

Column Rules

The text frame properties dialogue has an option to add column rules to the gutter to the right of the current column. Different line styles can be applied using the line tab after selecting the gutter — I have used a fancy line ending too with Internal Line Endings.

Text frames can also be set to “mirrored,” on Recto and Verso pages, and baseline grids can be enabled for text frames.

Table Format Gallery

The table format editor in previous versions has been updated with a more accessible method or editing, saving, and applying table formats.

TWAIN/WIA Scanning

A bit of code to form a bridge between the 64-bit version of PagePlus and 32-bit scanner drivers will enable more scanners to work with 64-bit PagePlus.

PagePlus X7

Released 16th June 2013 • Most Recent Update (build 21st February 2014

A Significant Step Forward – Getting Started with PagePlus X6

Almost everything on my wish-list was added in the latest version, plus a few things that I didn’t think of. PPX6 users will find it well worth the upgrade price. The context-sensitive Smart Hints that provide help on newly used features can be turned off once they have been understood. The Learning Zone on the Startup Assistant provides video tutorials and links to detailed help and support for new users.

64-bit VersionBlend ModesChartsComplex FillsConvert to ObjectsExport as Picture

Flowing TablesImproved StudiosRestore Last SessionSerif GDI RenderingSmart Hints

Startup AssistantWorkspace Enhancements

64-bit Version

The 64-bit version supports more RAM, which may help when working with large or image-heavy publications. Some users may have problems with finding suitable drivers for scanners. Scan images in another application and insert them using the Insert Picture route. That way, images can be compressed properly, and then linked.

Blend Modes

Added to bring PagePlus into line with DrawPlus and improve PDF import. Creative professionals may find a use for it to save opening another application. Blend Modes are on the Colour Studio Tab.


Two new studio tabs — the Chart Tab and the Chart Data Tab — support this feature. It is now possible to insert the usual chart types into PagePlus, and link them to a table or to tabular data.

There is a good range of standard Chart types — Area, Bar, Column, Line, Pie, Scatter, 3D Column, etc., — and an almost unlimited range of options for formatting them. 3D charts have all of the controls of other 3D objects.

The Charts category of the Styles tab contains a range of standard chart styles, to which user-defined chart styles can be added.

The chart title, series titles, and labels all use the Chart Body paragraph text style, but user-defined styles can be applied to each text group. Elements within the chart can be resized, moved, and rotated. The illustrated chart has its title moved to the left, and the series text moved to the right. The entire chart object has a drop shadow applied from the Effects Tab.

Complex Fills

The swatches tab now contains plasma fills, radial fills, square, and three or four colour fills. Again, not something that is important to a page layout program, but creative professionals will appreciate not having to open another application to creative graphics to import into PagePlus.

Convert to Objects

Similar to “Convert to Curves,” but it preserves text in Serif metafiles or data pasted from DrawPlus via the Windows clipboard, allowing imported vector graphics to be fully editable in PagePlus.

Export as Picture

PagePlus X7 added an Export as Picture dialogue like DrawPlus, which generates a preview before exporting, and provides options for selecting Super Sampling, Compression, Colour-depth, etc., and shows the projected file size. On older PCs this extra step slows down the export of pictures if you already know the settings that you want to use. Using the “Super Sample” option will slow it down even more, but it does improve the image quality. In the screen shot below you can compare the image quality of fully compressed 32-bit transparent PNG against JPG at a high quality setting of 90%. Because this image is just text and a gradient fill, the PNG image is of a similar size, but sharper than the JPG image, where artefacts can be clearly seen at increased zoom levels.

PagePlus offers the option to export to SVG — a vector format designed for the web. PPX9 adds support for EPS (Encapsulated Postscript), and WebP, and if the image has a portrait aspect ratio two previews will be tiled vertically, but if it has a landscape aspect ratio they will be tiled horizontally.

Flowing Tables

Tables are no longer limited to a single page, but can be flowed down or to the right onto other pages, or on the same page. Rows or Columns can be selected to repeat in each section. Data from spreadsheets or word-processor tables that are longer than a single page can be cut and pasted into a PagePlus table that flows to more than one page.

Click to EnlargeImproved Studio Tabs

Studio tabs have been a valuable feature of PagePlus for several versions. Three new studio tabs have been added to this version — Charts, Chart Data, and Effects. The HowTo studio tab was removed, and the fx dialogue was replaced with the Effects Tab. The docking and management of Studio tabs has been revamped to increase the options for possible layouts, and to make them easier to use. Auto-hide now allows floating tabs to hide away after use with having to collapse them. As soon as the mouse cursor is over the tab group on auto-hide, it flies open. It can be pinned open using the middle icon of the three on the right, or left unpinned to collapse soon after moving the cursor away. Tab groups can be maximised, minimised, or restored. Tool-tips have been made to match the Toolbar tips.

Restore Last Session

In Tools, Options, General, users can choose from three options on startup: Show Startup Assistant, Restore Last Session, or Create New Document. Restore last session will open PagePlus with the same publications that were previously opened, and each will be displayed at the same page and the same zoom level as last time. If the windows were tiled, or a new document window was opened, the window layout will also be restored. This is a huge time-saver for long books or projects involving more than one publication. Quickly resume work without having to reopen publications and find your place.

N.B. If multi-page view was in use, although this will be restored, the layout and position will not.

SerifGDI Rendering

Improved performance and quality of rendering on the screen. The page tab especially will benefit from this to generate thumbnails of the current publication.

Smart Hints

Like DrawPlus, popup notifications will advise the user when performing certain actions. When no longer needed, they can be disabled in Tools, Options, Smart Hints.

Startup Assistant

This is the Startup Wizard by a new name, but with some new and improved features. It replaces the Browse dialogue that was removed from earlier versions with previews of publications opened in the previous days and weeks. The learning zone provides quick access to videos, help, the manual, the support forums, and Facebook support. A news feed keeps the user informed of recent developments. Templates can also be opened from here.

Switch Workspaces from the Drop List on the Context ToolbarWorkspace Enhancements

Workspaces have been around as long as the Studio Tabs. In previous versions one could save and load customised workspaces to suit different projects. Toolbars and menus could be customised before too, but to backup changes entailed a two-step process of exporting a Windows registry key and copying a file from the %AppData% folder. In PPX7, the toolbars and menus are now saved with the workspace, so the user only needs to copy the relevant *.wtb file from the %AppData%\Workspace Profiles\ folder to an external drive to make a backup. A drop-list on the context toolbar makes it easy to switch workspaces.

Remember to save any changes made to the toolbars, menus, or studio tab layout to a workspace file before selecting another one.

Legacy Features

From PagePlus X6 or Earlier

Anchored ObjectsAsset ManagementCustomisingDynamic GuidesImage Cutout Studio

Improved PDF ImportInterface ImprovementsLogo StudioOpenType FeaturesPhoto Lab

 Picture Frames and BordersPolygon OperationsResource ManagerStroke Alignment

Table and Calendar FormatsText ImprovementsWord and OpenOffice Import

Anchored Objects

Images, Tables, Text Frames, Artistic Text, or groups can be anchored relative to the page, page margins, frame, column, or character.

Asset Management - Adding Page Content Using the Assets Tab

The Assets studio tab replaced the Media Bar, Insert Logo dialogue, and Gallery Tab. This requires makes it easier to associate content with publications, and adds the possibility of saving asset packs for sharing content.

Assets can be pinned so that they are always available. In the screen shot of the Assets tab on the right the logos are pinned in the Graphics category, so that they can be dragged to any new document.

Warning: Assets are loaded with the document, so pinning too many assets will slow down document loading This may be very significant with large images on old hardware.

Groups of objects can be saved in My Designs from where they can be dragged onto the page for reuse.

Customised borders can be added to the Picture Frames category, but can no longer be saved for quick access from the Line and Border dialogue.

The backgrounds category is new and offers a quick and easy way to add a background layer to a publication or web site. Background layers are locked. To edit them, open the layers tab to unlock them.

The Pictures category replaces the Media Bar tab from PagePlus X5. I find it easier to insert pictures from disk by browsing to find what I want using the Windows Explorer previews. In my opinion, adding large picture collections to the assets tab is a waste of time and resources.

Customising Toolbars, Menus, and Keyboard

The Button Editor for Customising the Toolbar Icons can Import PNG filesSince PagePlus X3 it has been possible to customise the toolbars and menus. Right-click on any toolbar or the menu to open the customise dialogue. Right-click again on the menu to customise it, or on any toolbar button to change the button, paste a new image from the clipboard or import an icon from disk.

Create new menus, new toolbars, or new flyouts to have all the commands that you use most frequently wherever you want them. WebPlus uses the same interface for customising the GUI.

The scanner icon was extracted from the VueScan executable using @IconSushi, scaled to 20x20 pixels using IrfanView, then imported to the button editor using the folder icon.

The keyboard can be customised, greatly increasing workflow. Read my Customising Tutorials for more details.

Dynamic Guides

Easier alignment and positioning of objects using dynamic guides. Align objects to each other, to the page margin or page edges. This is a huge time-saver when laying out pages. Objects just snap into place where they are most likely to be needed. Nudge is also customisable to position objects more accurately.

E-Book Publishing -

I anticipate that this exciting new feature will encourage many to upgrade or migrate to PagePlus. I also expect that it will generate a storm of questions on the support forums as new users struggle with new concepts. Some may be frustrated if they expect to just open any existing publication, choose the publish to E-book option, and expect it to just work. Publishing for hand-held E-readers like the Kindle requires an entirely different design approach to print or PDF publishing. If, like me, you have no previous experience in designing E-books, be prepared to read the manual, and to redesign your publications to suit the free-flowing layout used by this format.

Image Cutout Studio - Using the Image Cutout Studio

Any photograph can be edited within PagePlus to remove its background. The intelligent masking brushes in the Cutout Studio are faster and easier to use than other magic wand tools I have used. Even the most intricate backgrounds can be removed quite easily by adjusting the tolerance and size of the brushes. Hold the Alt key to toggle the brush function between remove and add. Many image backgrounds take just a few strokes of the brush to remove. Zooming and Panning with a scroll-wheel mouse is just as easy as in the main PagePlus window, so for detailed work one doesn’t need to keep changing tools.

After removing the background you can preview how it looks with a transparent background, or a uniform tint. The mask can be saved as a Vector-cropped Bitmap, or as an Alpha-edged Bitmap. The HowTo help in the Image Cutout Studio guides new users through the process.

Improved PDF Import

Imported PDF documents have fewer text blocks and greater accuracy. Optimise for accuracy or for text flow. Crop to page area leaving registration marks on the pasteboard. Embed fonts to allow document editing if permitted. With improvements to the manual flowing of text between frames, PagePlus is now a viable choice for editing PDF files if the source document is no longer available.

Interface Improvements

Logo Studio

The popular, but outdated LogoPlus was replaced by Logo Studio. Users can edit any group of objects as a Logo within PagePlus, using an alternate interface focused on logo creation. The Logo Studio has its own customisable toolbars, studio tabs, guidelines, and a HowTo tab to help new users learn how to create logos. A wide range of predesigned logos provide the artistically challenged with some design ideas to get them started.

OpenType Features

The implementation of OpenType features is particularly slick. For example, enabling Small Capitals, ligatures, or fractions in the Character formatting dialogue will use OpenType features automatically if those features exist in a font. If not, PagePlus will create Small Capitals by scaling capitals in the usual way, use ligatures if they exist in the font, and generate fractions using bold superscripts/subscripts. Times New Roman contains ligatures for fi and fl. Any fraction will be auto-generated, including fractions with text like 1/x.

Common OpenType features can be toggled on/off using an icon on the context toolbar, and formatting attributes have a new icon to replace the underline icon, which can toggle the last used character attribute on/off with one click. The formatting fly-out can be detached as a floating palette.

Some fonts like Palatino Linotype have OpenType features that use glyphs with no code-points. Unless you know about these special glyphs you may never see them. Palatino also includes a full set of Petite Capitals. The Insert Symbol dialogue has a radio button to show Glyphs instead of Unicode.

Select the Glyphs Radio Button to show Unmapped or Glyphs in Higher Unicode Ranges

When the radio button is enabled all of the glyphs in the font are sorted by their glyph index, and the Character Code is shown as G+nnnn (Glyph Index) instead of U+nnnn (Unicode code-point). Palatino Linotype is particularly unusual as the glyphs are not sorted in strict Unicode order. However, be aware that since it uses the glyph index, if the font is changed, another font may well have a different glyph in that position or no glyph at all, resulting in the .notdef glyph being displayed instead.

Click to EnlargePhoto Lab -

An image adjustment studio with Quick Artistic effects, adjustment filters, and special effects. This powerful new feature can almost replace PhotoPlus, though you will still need PhotoPlus if you want to import RAW images or for extensive retouching and painting of images.

Filters are non-destructive — by default the original image is stored along with any changes made. This greatly increases the file size though, so you may prefer to disable the option in raster effects to save adjusted bitmaps. This will also speed up document loading.

Photo Lab is so powerful I never need to open PhotoPlus to apply effects to images.

Picture Frames and Borders

Create custom borders from bitmaps. A wide selection of artistic picture frames is provided, but you can define your own, and they will be shown at the top of the list. The 1” border on the right was applied to a text frame on an A4 page. Mouse-over the image to see how it looks at 0.75”.

In PPX6 or later, the Picture Frames can be found in the Assets tab. Drag them onto the page and then insert a picture, or drag and drop them onto a picture to add the border to the picture.

In PPX4 or earlier, to add them to a text frame, table or Quick Shape, open the Line and Border dialogue from the Format menu, and select a border from the drop list. From this dialogue you can define the border’s width, the edges to apply it to, and whether to scale it with the object.

To define a custom border, create a graphic with patterns that will repeat on the sides and top, and corners that are used only once. Import the image into the line and border dialogue, and open the widths dialogue to define where the image will be split. Drag the lines to define the areas that will repeat and those that will not. If you want the centre to be drawn too, check the “Draw Centre” option on the border dialogue. I used an image of about 1800 x 1200 pixels @ 300 dpi, but 1200 x 800 pixels would probably have been good enough — 96 dpi was not.

Polygon Operations

More versatile shapes can be created by combining or intersecting existing shapes, e.g. a quick arrow and a quick donut like this.

Resource Manager

More flexible management of resources. The picture properties dialogue has been replaced. Instead the Resource Manager opens showing a thumbnail preview of the picture and details about it.

Images can be exported or replaced from the resource manager. Linked files can be embedded, and embedded files can be made linked. To locate the file in the document, double-click the asset name or click on the locate button. Sort document assets by filename, size, etc., by clicking on the column headers.

Change the Stroke Alignment in the Line TabStroke Alignment

Alignment of objects to the inside, outside, or centre of strokes. Lines and borders can be inside, outside, or centred on the object’s fill.

The screen shot shows a 0.5” square with a 50% transparent yellow fill, a 6 point cyan border behind the fill, mitred joins, and inner, centre, and outer stroke alignment.

Click to EnlargeTable Formats

Table and Calendar Autoformat Editor — Create calendar and table formats to apply to any calendar or table. Define table header and footer rows, header and footer columns, and repeating rows/columns. Apply fonts, fills, transparency, and borders as part of the cell definition.

This custom format for a Year Planner has a Header row for the year and title, another Header row (Caption) for the days of the week, a Header Column for the months, and footers for other details. The Weekdays and Saturdays/Sundays repeat, with different cell formatting, until the footer column. The month row repeats until the footer row.

Text Improvements

Word and OpenOffice Import

Import OpenOffice (aka LibreOffice) and Word Docx documents without either program installed. Import most text formatting, footnotes, graphics, tables with formatting, index marks, and paragraph styles.


Here are a few of my favourite issues, which I hope will be addressed in the next version.

Artistic Text Like DrawPlus

DrawPlus has some extra options for manipulating Artistic Text that I would like to see in PagePlus, or even better. Allow individual letters to be rotated and moved with control handles. Marquee select the nodes for multiple letters to move them as a group.

Double Line Styles

There are two problems with double lines: they are wider than their reported weight because the width is measured between the centre-lines of each line, and double table lines do not connect accurately at the corners. These are both intractable problems that may never be fixed.

Export Settings as Backup

Export user-defined settings to backup custom workspaces, keyboards, and options, transfer settings to other computers, or restore them after reinstalling or resetting the software.

Fullscreen Mode

PhotoPlus has had this for some time, but PagePlus needs it more than ever now with so many toolbars and studio tabs. One simple shortcut (F11) should hide all toolbars. The fullscreen mode should also be customisable, so that users can show at least one toolbar. The scroll bars are almost obsolete, but they are always on screen, taking up space, even when not needed.

Glyph Fallback

If a document is opened that uses glyphs unsupported by their font, PagePlus displays an error message and displays the missing glyphs with .notdef characters from the font. If the missing glyphs are available in other fonts, PagePlus should make an automatic font substitution, while still giving a warning message.

Gear-wheel cogs faces are curved Improve Quick Shapes

The current Quick Cog looks nothing like a cog-wheel and the teeth would not mesh. There could also be additional Quick Cog types for circular saw blades or sprockets.

Other quick shapes need synchronising across all Serif applications so that users can switch easily between them without getting lost. Lock Geometry should be added for more quick shapes on DrawPlus, and tool-tips on nodes should be more helpful, showing radii in ruler measurements instead of percentages. The context toolbar should include a quick shapes list as in DrawPlus, which can be used to change one quick shape to another type.

Ease of Use settings allow for larger nodes or tool-tips on feedback.

Improved Text Formatting

Disable hyphenation for the last line of a text frame. • Set justification limits for the last line of paragraphs. • Highlight loose lines • Glyph fallback: if text uses characters unsupported by the current font, format it using a fall-back font. • Format Title Case in all supported languages.

Page Number Format Default

This long-standing issue is easy to fix. When starting a new page number section I never wish to continue the numbering from the previous section, but always need to restart from page 1. The checkbox should be disabled by default.

Running Headers and Footers

Running headers change automatically to match the first or last heading on a page. In PagePlus, this is a time-consuming manual task of promoting master page objects and editing their content. Its all too easy to forget to update some headers after making editorial changes.

Skewing Objects

In DrawPlus it is easy to skew objects by dragging selection handles. In PagePlus one can drag a corner handle with the Alter key held down or use the Rotate tool, but skewing is not an option. A mesh-warp can be used to get a similar result, but it it difficult and the text is no longer editable.

Sophisticated Proof-reading Tools

The current WinterTree proof-reader and grammar checker is not very clever. There is no option to resume from the current page, so the entire story has to be checked in a single session. I never use it. There are some Thesaurus files available for Hunspell, but they are not yet supported by PagePlus.


I have added this tutorial section with tips and tricks to get the most out of PagePlus using some of its more advanced features. The program’s help menu includes a link to the Online Product Support page where you can find both Video and Text Tutorials on many of each program’s features.

All of the tutorials presented as PDF files were produced using PagePlus. Most are also relevant to earlier versions of PagePlus, and some to other Serif Applications such as DrawPlus or WebPlus.

Feature Comparison

All versions of PagePlus have so many features it would be impossible to list them all. Below is a list of the most significant new features. Since the previous version is offered for a silly price it makes no sense to buy older versions, and it is barely worth downloading and installing the Starter Edition unless your needs are very basic or only temporary. The Starter Edition can only produce publications of five pages, but it can open larger publications produced in the paid-for version.

About the PagePlus Versions Chart

Minor improvements score 1 point, more significant improvements score 2, major features score 5, and powerful features score 10 points.

See the Features Comparison for details.

The latest version gets a bonus of 50 points for full product support, while the previous version gets 10 points for 3 months of Serif support. Users of earlier versions are not entitled to support from Serif, but they can get free help via the support forums.

The free Starter Edition is given a nominal price of £5 to prevent it being assigned infinite value for money in spite of its limited feature set. There is little to be gained by using any version earlier than PPX8 now. Older versions have issues on modern hardware.

The values assigned to features is subjective, but it serves to illustrate the Charts feature. Read the New Features section of the Help file, or download the free PDF Manual to make a well-informed purchase decision.

† Significant improvement ‡ New feature †‡ Powerful new feature

Features New in PPX7

Features New in PPX8

Features New in PPX9

Significant Bug Fixes

Autocorrect option for numbered list breaks data entry for tables. (see this CommunityPlus thread)

Difficult to place text cursor next to column gutter. (see this CommunityPlus thread)

Gutters and Rules not saved with Text Frame defaults. (see this CommunityPlus thread)

Text rotated on some imported PDF files (see this CommunityPlus thread)

Table Quick Fill bug fix for H I > H I J K L instead of H I II III IV (this old bug goes back to PagePlus X6. Some bugs don’t affect enough users to deserve attention)

Old and New Bugs

These bugs are old,† and these are new in PagePlus X9.‡

Baseline grid alignment breaks spacing between footnotes.‡

Custom footnote symbols are broken.‡

Disabling PhotoPlus X8 in External Programs Breaks List Order.†

Drop Caps Use Advance Widths of Caps for Word Start Alternates.†

Edit in PhotoPlus Opens in Background.‡ (see this CommunityPlus thread)

Image Cutout Studio Converts PNG to WDP.†

No minimum width of Studios† (in PPX5 resizing it to < 50 pixels docks it shut)

Text wrap around Drop Caps is too tight.† (related to, or caused by the next issue).

Optical justification fails with Drop Capitals.‡

Underlining does not align with dot leaders … † (see this CommunityPlus thread)

Windows jump lists do not respond as they should in Windows 7.‡

Deprecated Features