It did. PageMaker is no more. Adobe’s InDesign is horribly expensive, convoluted, and complex. Filling the vacuum after PageMaker’s demise are a number of Mac apps which do desktop publishing proud, honoring both the past, and bringing Mac users a package of capabilities for less money.
Desktop Publishing Publisher
At the low end of the pricing scale for desktop publishing apps is Publisher Plus. This is a new entry but not exactly short on features, despite the price tag.
It all starts with templates and tools. Publisher Plus has nearly 200 professionally designed templates which are good for brochures, newsletters, reports, posters, booklets, flyers, ads.
Clip art is also included but won’t knock your socks off in design or number. However, there are more than 200 backgrounds, and dozens of photo frames and masks for layouts.
Publisher Plus starts with a template. Import photos or images from iPhoto or other graphic apps. There’s full support for fonts, line spacing, text wrap around objects, and the standards of the desktop publishing industry.
If PageMaker had survived the 12st century, it might have had a Jr. version that looks and works much like Publisher Plus.
Each object or element in a page layout has options displayed in the single window sidebar. Publisher Plus finds iPhoto and makes it easy to import photos from albums.
Objects can have color fill, shadows, strokes, and be aligned and resized. Photos can be cropped inline and you can apply filters, frames, masks and other tools to adjust color.
Finally, completed projects can be saved, exports as JPG, TIFF, or PNG files, or shared via email, iMessage, AirDrop, or Facebook and Flickr.
Publisher Plus compares well against the more popular and feature laden Swift Publisher, which also costs a bit more, but also does more.