This competent print and online layout tool is excellent value
£7.99 Developer Lorenzo Puelo, softobe.com
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.