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PRESS RELEASE
Nottingham, UK
19 May 2008

Serif Launches New Version of Flagship PagePlus Software

PagePlus X3 offers even more creative graphics, layout flexibility, and powerful publishing

Serif (Europe) Ltd, the UK’s leading independent desktop publishing, design and graphics software developer, is delighted to announce the release of PagePlus X3.

PagePlus X3 (List Price £79.99; upgrade prices available*) is the latest Microsoft Windows Vista certified version of Serif’s multi-award winning desktop publishing program. Repeatedly praised for offering powerful, yet easy-to-use and affordable desktop publishing tools for every level of user, this latest version promises even greater flexibility for businesses and design enthusiasts looking to create outstanding publications.

Top new PagePlus X3 features and benefits include:

Logo Studio – A dedicated logo designer for drawing, high-impact headlines and special effects

Cutout Studio – Quickly and easily remove photo backgrounds; give subjects total focus

HD Photo and EPS Support – Use professional, high quality graphics in PagePlus X3

New Special Effects – Reflective shiny surface effects and subtle image and text reflections

Duplex Printing Wizard – Successfully print double-sided documents on regular printers

Enhanced Usability – Be even more productive with PagePlus’s stylish revamped user interface

In addition to these popular headline features, this release includes PagePlus’s best ever professional design content with over 1500 fresh, attractive new designs amongst its 2500 templates, logos and graphics. Stylish ‘Design Packs’ offer themed business publications including posters, brochures, websites, and promotional emails alongside letterheads and business cards.

PagePlus X3 once again outshines its competitors – in any price bracket – with unrivalled PDF import, editing, and publishing. PDFs can be opened directly in PagePlus X3 regardless of their origin, with all text, graphics and photos ready to move, recolour, resize, reuse, embellish and more. When designs are finalised they can simply be published as PDFs for sharing with colleagues, friends, or family. PagePlus’s PDF profiles include settings varying from for press-ready PDF/X-1a files and web-optimised PDFs for speedily sharing with the world online.

Dedicated Logo Studio

The new PagePlus X3 Logo Studio makes it easy to create and edit professional logos in isolation, away from the rest of the page layout, but with full access to all of PagePlus’s drawing power and text effects. Instant presets walk users through logo creation and provide guided access to stunning special effects, fills, transparencies, text-on-a-path, shape creation and much more. The Logo Studio working area expands instantly to accommodate edits and when closed transports the graphic back to its place in the main layout. It’s never been easier to create striking and eye-catching logos with PagePlus.

Image Cutout Studio

This amazing addition to PagePlus allows users to remove photo backgrounds, giving the photo subject total focus or allowing them to be placed against new backgrounds. With unrivalled power yet with simple user controls, brushing over an image’s background magically grabs areas to dispose of, or if the foreground subject is less complicated, painting to retain the foreground quickly selects the most important part of users’ photos. The cutout edge can be a soft, blended transparency or a clean clipping path, so the results are perfect for catalogues, brochures, websites and much more.

HD Photo and EPS Support

Up-to-the-minute support for the latest graphics is extended with PagePlus X3’s ability to import and export HD Photo (formerly Windows Media Photo) files, which support RGB and CMYK colour models, lossy and lossless compression, and alpha transparency. EPS Encapsulated PostScript graphics are prevalent in high-end design applications and professional workflows, so are a welcome addition to PagePlus X3. These PDF-like files can contain line art, text and graphics, and are now supported in PagePlus publications – even when the EPS file has no built-in preview.

New Special Effects

Modern and stylish reflections are just one click away. The Style gallery and fully customisable effects settings provide a professional and glossy finish to headlines, logos, and images – fast. Adjust reflection transparency, distance, and fade with ease for perfect results. With a refined modern look, this effect complements virtually any professional design. Also included are new presets for impressive realistic glass and metal surface textures, again with single-click results and access to Reflection Map filter effect settings.

Duplex Printing Wizard

Users can let PagePlus X3 remove the headache from double-sided printing on regular desktop printers with the new Duplex Printing Wizard. PagePlus helps untangle the complicated web of tumbling and turning pages to get fantastic double-sided prints – and saves paper in the process!

Enhanced Usability

The latest Vista-compliant interface – still perfect for Windows XP too – graces users’ screens when they launch PagePlus X3, with new options for customising toolbars and keyboard shortcuts for maximum productivity, and editing pasteboard and guideline colours to suit all customers’ needs. More options for controlling page layout make it easier than ever to achieve crisp and smart designs, with editable nudge controls and a new ‘move handle’ on objects, great when working with small text and logo elements or when zoomed out.

Not Only but Also...

Serif is delighted to also include further customer-requested features and tweaks in this release, including: Package files containing PagePlus publications, fonts, and images for easy collaboration with other PagePlus users, multiple spotlights for 3D lighting and surface texture effects, the ability to import more than one image at once, extended website colour schemes, the ability to lock QuickShape geometry to prevent changes during scaling, a movable centre-of-rotation for all objects, and a new file format (Serif Metafile) for forward-looking compatibility between Serif applications.

"Serif is delighted to launch PagePlus X3 after a massive development effort to improve this popular publishing powerhouse", said Gary Bates, Serif’s Managing Director. "In our 21st year in business we have continued to work hard to stay in touch with current developments and to outpace our competitors with incredible creative publishing solutions, and PagePlus X3 really stands out from the crowd. In-house graphic design continues to become more popular in today’s business market, and design enthusiasts everywhere can benefit from PagePlus X3’s very rounded design feature set, high levels of compatibility, and unrivalled value for money."

* Existing users of Serif software should contact Serif on 0800 376 7070 for upgrade prices.

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Notes to Editors

PagePlus X3 Includes:
PagePlus X3 Program CD, Resource DVD and User Guide

PR Enquiries:

Please contact: Sarah Connelly • Tel: 0115 9149103 Email: PR@serif.com • Visit: www.serif.com

Sales Information:

Serif Sales Hotline: 0800 376 7070
Serif Online: www.serif.com
Multi-User Site Licences: 0800 376 6868

Address:

Serif (Europe) Ltd
12 Wilford Ind. Est.
Nottingham
NG11 7EP

Reseller & Distributor Information:
For information on distributing or reselling Serif software in the UK please contact: Tel: 0115 914 9109 • Fax: 0115 914 2020 • Email: hannelsales@serif.co.uk.

About Serif

Serif is the publisher of the award-winning software range that includes PagePlus, PhotoPlus, DrawPlus, WebPlus, ImpactPlus, AlbumPlus, MoviePlus and more. Founded in 1987 with the aim to develop low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, Serif has been repeatedly praised for its powerful yet easy-to-use software which has put professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of ordinary PC users around the world. Now with over 6 million customers worldwide, Serif has over 200 employees at its head office, development and European sales centre in Nottingham, UK and its North American sales operation in New Hampshire, US.

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