Native Pagemaker for OSX?

in Mac Software edited January 2014
just wondering if anyone has an idea for a timeline on a native OSX version of pagemaker.

i really, really hate classic.


  • Reply 1 of 12
    cooopcooop Posts: 390member
    I'm personally wondering why Adobe continues to invest in Pagemaker when InDesign is a much nicer solution for page layout. Maybe it's about time Pagemaker was discontinued...
  • Reply 2 of 12
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,780member
    True, we have switched to InDesign at the office, but we have 5 years of documents in PM format and it would be great no to have to launch Classic to get at them.

    InDesign can open Pagemaker files, but the results can get quite messed up in certain situations.

    Besides, OS X has a lack of low-end publishing programs. Adobe could resurrect Pagemaker as a Macintosh counterpart to Microsoft Publisher (no, wait make it usable...)

    Unless they'd like to wait for Apple to launch iPublish, and then complain that they can't compete!
  • Reply 3 of 12
    pagemaker sucks balls. perhaps one of the worst apps i've ever had to deal with. i hope it dies a slow and painful death.
  • Reply 4 of 12
    i liked pagemaker! i used it exclusively for 4 years as editor in chief of my high school newspaper, and here at school, i have some very.... resourceful friends, and i now have indesign, i just can't get used to it.

    i think i just suck at learning new software though.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    I remembering working on good old Aldus Pagemaker, back in the day....and I'll have to say, it changed remarkably little since then. I've cranked out many a project on Pagemaker...good times....

    Adobe is offering a "cheap" buy-in to InDesign for owners of Pagemaker....kind of like a gun buy-back program for software !!! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    This makes me think there won't be an OS X version of Pagemaker. So if you need a page layout app for OS X consider doing the buy-in....and play with it more gsfmark, that's the way to learn software~
  • Reply 6 of 12
    jimdadjimdad Posts: 209member
    Last version of P/M I used was 6.5 but in my opinion it was a great prog.
  • Reply 7 of 12
    die i say! die!
  • Reply 8 of 12
    As someone who teaches part time, I tend to believe that Pagemaker hasn't died because so many high school newspaper and yearbook staffs still use it and are likely to do so indefinitely, especially considering the large investment that schools have made in the program. For instance, at my school we have a concurrent license for thirty some copies of Pagemaker 7.0. Just recently, we purchased a grand total of three copies of InDesign (two for PC and one for Mac), but I can't see our faculty actually switching to InDesign anytime soon. It's a shame--sort of like the publishing industry and its time-engendered allegiance to Quark--but many folks often don't want to learn something new, or (understandably) pay for another product that offers apparently marginal enhancements when the old tool works reasonably well.


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  • Reply 9 of 12
    We have 7 years of legacy PageMaker 5+ files so its going to be hell coming to our OSX switch later in the year. Our trials are showing us we are going to have font hell.

    We've been using InDesign for a while and although not as fast as PageMaker it really shows it up in terms of functionality.

    But I know one thing for sure: PakeMaker on the PC is very popular. I can see a future where PageMaker Mac dies but lives on in the PC world.

    PS. want to whip up a very quick peice of stationery? PageMaker is still the fastest kid on the block.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    jimdadjimdad Posts: 209member
    Naderby, i'm interested in what you say about InDesign. Having used both, where would you say Indesign has the edge over Pagemaker?
  • Reply 11 of 12
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    yeah, the problem is that the school only has pagemaker on their computers. if my wife wants to send files back and forth from her laptop to school computers she'll need to have pagemaker.

    i just wanted a way to have her work on her files while avoiding os 9.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    cooopcooop Posts: 390member
    Up until this year, my high school used used Pagemaker 6.0 to create both its newspaper and yearbook. Of course, we couldn't use anything better since we had no machines with G3 processors, much less anything that could run newer software comfortably.

    Thankfully, I took the liberty of ordering InDesign when my school scrounged up enough money to order us some eMacs. The transition was difficult (we were used to using Pagemaker 6.0 afterall) but it has been worth it in the end.
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