Reviews recommend Serif PagePlus X5 as ideal desktop publishing software for small businesses, praising its ease of use. For the most part, reviewers say the software is an outstanding middle of the road desktop publishing software, residing in between advanced graphic design software like Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress, and more established desktop publishing software, like Microsoft Publisher 2010. Reviews agree that Serif PagePlus X5 is much easier to learn to use than more complex software. This attribute is important, since many small businesses won't have technical support for publishers.
The U.K.'s PC Pro provides an in-depth review of the desktop publishing software, including screenshots. Tech Radar (U.K.) also has a comprehensive review, while Expert Reviews offers tips for upgrading from the previous version of the software.
1. PC Pro (U.K.)
Tom Arah provides practical advice for desktop publishers, noting that the software works well for in-house printing. For commercial printing, the PDF-exporting capabilities have been upgraded, including upgraded color management and grayscale handling tools.
Review: Serif PagePlus X5 review, Tom Arah, Nov. 18, 2010
2. TechRadar (U.K.)
This review focuses on upgrades in the latest version of Serif PagePlus. The software handily supports imported text from popular word processing programs, including Microsoft Word 2010, says Mark Wilson. He adds that an upgrade from Serif PagePlus X4 isn't essential, but that the software is a "great investment" for new buyers.
Review: Serif PagePlus X5 review, Mark Wilson, Feb. 23, 2011
3. Expert Reviews (U.K.)
Expert Reviews provides tips for upgrading from Serif PagePlus X4, and an overview of features provided in the upgraded software. Adam Banks finds some errors in the software's new templates, but that doesn't dissuade him from declaring Serif PagePlus X5 a "creative software bargain," providing powerful tools and features for a fraction of the cost of products offered by Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress.
Review: Serif PagePlus X5 review, Adam Banks, Nov. 26, 2010