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Hardcopy User's Manual Would Really Help

  • Aug 12, 2010
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Serif PagePlus Essentials is capable of producing quality greeting cards, banners, calendars, flyers, and the like, but it is likely to be a time-consuming process for the beginning user of this type of software.

I encountered no problems during the installation process and was, in fact, up and trying a basic project in just a few minutes. That's when I encountered my first problems with the software. None of the commands are very intuitive, causing the first-time user to spend a good bit of time in "search mode" looking for the right icon to click on. My biggest complaint about software makers these days, now including Serif, is their reliance on video tutorials to provide the same information that a cheap little booklet could provide much more easily and efficiently. The last thing I want to do during a project is try to locate the portion of a video presentation that will answer my immediate questions. Why do these guys all insist on doing away with a simple user's manual that includes a complete index for ready reference?

PagePlus Essentials also has the oddest registration requirement I've ever run across with new software. You have to get on the telephone with the company in order to complete the process - why complicate my life this way?

I have mixed emotions about the product. While, on the one hand, I am almost certain that the final product it produces is a nice one, on the other hand, I wonder if it is worth the lengthy learning curve a new user will have to go through to get to a finished product. At this point, I'm just not sure because I have to find the spare time to watch the tutorials and do more hands-on practice in order to produce something I'm happy with.

Where's my dang manual? I would, by now, be comfortable with the software if I had one - add two or three dollars to the price of the product and produce a hardcopy manual and you will have a more satisfied bunch of users. It's that simple.

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PagePlus Essentials makes it a breeze to design and print stunning projects like cards, posters, newsletters and more with its amazing combination of powerful and easy-to-use desktop publishing features. It’s so easy to go from a blank page to a fantastic design just by dragging and dropping whatever you want onto your page – it’s that simple! On-screen ‘How To’ guides can walk you through tasks step-by-step, while the handy Learning Zone contains videos and tutorials as well as access to the community forums and the extensive knowledge base – help is never far away. The professionally-designed, customizable templates in PagePlus Essentials are a great way to produce amazing documents in no time at all – just add your own pictures and words for a polished document in minutes. You also get fabulous effects and instant styles to make your words and logos stand out from the page. Impressive text handling is at the very heart of PagePlus Essentials. You will recognize all the usual writing and formatting controls from a word-processor plus fast-flowing text wraps, customizable paragraph and character styles and the freedom to write text and place objects exactly where you want. It really does have everything you need to create impressive documents. A built-in PhotoLab offers over 70 adjustments, corrections, filters and effects to turn your images into works of art. With the dedicated Image Cutout Studio you can remove photo ...
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