This com­pe­tent print and on­line lay­out tool is ex­cel­lent value

Mac Format - - MAC APPS RATED - Nik Rawl­in­son

£7.99 De­vel­oper Lorenzo Puelo, soft­

Re­quires OS X 10.8 or higher

This could be the best value ap­pli­ca­tion on the Mac App Store. For less than £8 you get desk­top pub­lish­ing and web de­sign rolled into one.

The in­ter­face is ideal for begin­ners, and you can tai­lor it to fit dif­fer­ent screens with sin­gle or dou­ble col­umns of palettes. Any sec­tions you’re not us­ing can be col­lapsed.

Font choices are made us­ing OS X’s Fonts win­dow, so there’s no live pre­view on ei­ther the page or the menu, but when you’re happy with your set­tings you can save them as a style. There’s no lead­ing con­trol, but it sup­ports kern­ing, al­low­ing you to nudge char­ac­ters us­ing key­board short­cuts.

There’s a ba­sic ruler with tab stops, as well as dy­namic guides that show when el­e­ments are lined up with their neigh­bours or ro­tated to 15˚ in­cre­ments. Frames are aware of their sur­round­ings, au­to­mat­i­cally flow­ing to fill avail­able space, and im­age boxes dou­ble up as masks so it’s easy to cre­ate eye-catch­ing ovals, stars and poly­gons.

Im­pres­sively, you can switch back and forth be­tween the print and

Page Me Up is a good start­ing point for clubs and home users who need a sim­ple tool for cross-me­dia de­sign.

HTML modes. The HTML code underpinning the app’s web page out­put isn’t as tidy as you would ex­pect, but it’s com­pre­hen­sive, with be­spoke CSS han­dling com­plex text for­mat­ting (in­clud­ing kern­ing), and cross-browser trans­for­ma­tions look­ing af­ter ad­vanced fea­tures like ro­tated images.

Ex­cel­lent value for money

Ex­ports ad­vanced CSS

Ba­sic font con­trol

Un­tidy HTML ex­port

PageMeUp’s in­ter­face is ba­sic, flex­i­ble and easy to get to grips with.

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