Review: Magix Page & Layout Designer involves advanced tools for novice users
Printed media can appear to be heading the means of the dinosaur, yet till the proverbial meteor hits a stack of company cards, box of letterhead, or freshly-printed brochures about their method to a meeting, we’ll continue adding paper plus ink (as well as the odd PDF) to the advertising cache.
MAGIX Page & Layout Designer ($ 150) anticipates the requirements of the growing company by providing a single source for designing anything from a single logo to company cards to a multi-page brochure. But, should you are a Xara Photo & Graphic Designer ($ 89) enthusiast, you’ll know the UI quickly, plus can be left feeling ripped off. It’s thus difficult to locate a difference amongst the 2 apps, it appears which MAGIX has repackaged Xara with added templates plus an inflated pricetag (though Page & Layout Designer is currently about sale for $ 90).
About a dozen template themes are included inside the MAGIX Page & Layout Designer download (we can’t access or view all of them inside the trial). Select a theme which matches a company, then open company card, brochure, plus letterhead templates which all match the theme plus are completely customizable with your logo, text, pictures, etc. There are about 100 templates inside total. All are royalty-free, plus numerous verge about fashionable, nevertheless company isn’t remarkable. It is difficult to locate the matching brochure to a company card shape.
Customizing the templates is very simple with MAGIX Page & Layout Designer, whether or not we don’t have any shape training or experience. For instance, a snap function assists we align objects, text is set to automatically flow about the pictures, plus you are able to selected to function without or without levels.
If we do have before experience, setting up a page from scratch additionally is easy plus intuitive. Plus, to employ MAGIX Page & Layout Designer to create logos plus different vector drawings without too much difficulty; plus utilize the pic tools to change plus manipulate the pictures. Refer to the Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 2013 review for more detail about how drawing plus image modifying tools function, because these are identical.
Currently, Magix Photo Manager MX Deluxe ($ 59) is included inside the Page & Layout Designer download for free, and involves several extra simple photograph manipulation tools in addition to the ability to organize a pictures. On the surface, this looks like a remarkable deal. But, you might not require Photo Manager at all, because MAGIX Page & Layout Designer involves a slide-out bitmap gallery. With it, you are able to protect plus access your logos, logotypes, pictures etc. for any of the projects. But, I want it were simpler to organize details, plus might love to be capable to incorporate text boxes (thus we not again need to cut plus paste a mission statement plus different often-used blocks of text).
It looks like MAGIX is striving to reach a brand-new audience with Page & Layout Designer, without mention of its effective vector drawing tools plus super-easy pic modifying inside their advertising of the product. However the non-sale pricetag is steep except we were really considering furthermore buying the bundled Photo Manager MX Deluxe. Should you absolutely own Xara Photo & Graphic Designer (or Xara Designer Pro, the $ 299 heavy-lifter inside the family) you’ll be an unhappy T-Rex who’ll like to eat MAGIX for lunch.
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