This is an update of a post from a couple years back. Yes, years.
Whatever happened to desktop publishing software? A decade ago you had your pick of a dozen or more programs, but now the field is practically empty.
Granted, you can still buy Adobe PageMaker or QuarkXPress for a small fortune (they still run $499 and $799, respectively), but what if you just want a simple program for creating newsletters, brochures, flyers, and the like?
Enter Serif PagePlus X4, a terrific desktop-publishing application that's ideal for designing print and Web-based documents alike.
Today only, PricePlunge.com has PagePlus X4 for just $9.99, plus $1.99 for shipping. That's far and away the lowest price I've ever seen for this software.
Update: Sorry, folks, looks like it's sold out.
I should note that Serif recently introduced a newer version of the program, PagePlus X5, but most users will find X4 more than capable enough.
Indeed, although you can use PagePlus for any number of everyday projects (calendars, greeting cards, etc.), it's powerful enough to create professional-level documents (books, magazines, etc.).
In addition to robust page-layout tools, PagePlus features a PDF editor, logo builder, and photo lab. It also comes with a huge assortment of templates so you can hit the design-ground running. And to help beginners get started, it incorporates tutorial videos.
The software supports nearly every imaginable output option, including four color separations, press-ready PDFs, double-sided printing, and Web publishing.
In short, PagePlus X4 can stand toe-to-toe with Quark and PageMaker, but at a fraction of the cost.
I'm a huge fan of the program, which I've used for years. For 10 bucks, this qualifies as a must-have.
Bonus deal: Over the weekend my aged Xbox 360 suffered the dreaded Red Ring of Death. In a fine display of good timing, Amazon is offering the new Xbox 360 4GB console for $199.99 shipped, plus a $50 Amazon credit. That's not quite as good as cash back, but it's something. Meanwhile, anyone have any suggestions for what to do with my dead Xbox?