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Older apps and versions of publishing software were oriented around the world of printing on paper. Today’s software retains the tradition but adds the dimension of publishing to a website. The main menu and work areas look the same from a distance, but there are many subtle and not-so-subtle differences.
There's a toggle switch at the bottom of the File menu to flip back and forth between features appropriate for Publishing to the Web and Publishing on paper.
PagePlus X2 provides a graphical layout workspace. Drag and drop image files onto it or copy/paste them from a file manager. That meets my expectations for Windows-based apps. You’d be amazed how many apps don’t support such features like that.
One of the tools included is a Resource Manager. If your imported files come from many drives and folders, this lets you easily see what you’ve used in your complete publication or on any page, including fonts.
The working environment has the look and feel of modern software, with a large work space at the left and various palettes at the right. Collapse or dock any palette you don’t need for the session.
Templates and wizards in today’s software have evolved considerably over the years. You’ll often find things much easier by starting a new project with one.
Save your work at any time to a Page Plus Publication file with a file extension of .ppp. If Page Plus is closed, double click on a .ppp file in your file manager and Page Plus X2 quickly opens with the publication project ready to continue working with.
You can have a number of publication project files open at the same time. The name of each is displayed on its working window.
For movie makers, the png file format is fully supported, so images with transparency/translucency can be saved and used in video projects.
As with any software package with tons of features, it can be confusing until you've ramped up the learning curve a bit and feel comfortable with the basics. There’s a Publish as PDF choice in the paper world, and a Publish Site in the website environment. But you might want to put your PDF file online or print your website pages on paper. Try the toggle if there's something you want to do but don’t see the feature. It might be in the other view.
Dragging a ppp project file onto the desktop icon for PagePlus X2 doesn’t open the app. It’s a minor item as double-clicking the ppp file is easier than finding the icon to drag it onto. It’s just one of my routine user interface checks.