Information required on Desktop Software for Newsletter?.

  spuds 15:14 20 Nov 2012

We have a community newsletter that is published approximately 4/5 a year. At present we use software like Serif which does the job intended, but we are thinking of going slightly 'better'.

Any suggestions for a software pack that will do the job to a better level, finance and expertise is limited.

  spuds 18:02 20 Nov 2012


You appear to use a similar method that we are using. We did check into other 'ready for the printer' software, and this was going to cost in the region of £500.00 which the council will most probably 'purchase' for us as a community funding scheme. We thought that we could and would use that money better elsewhere?.

A system that we are running is for the 'community' to have access to a computer, and so put their bits and pieces to the newsletter, with the proof reading before printing. So the method of printing must be easy and universal, if you know what I mean!.

  spuds 00:21 21 Nov 2012

Woolwell- I have just conducted some rather pleasing internet work on reviews including some youtube tutorials on X6, must say it looks very impressive with good results and high score ratings. Price wise seems to range from £55.00 to £82.00, with product prices being much cheaper in the USA. Think that I might contact Serif as one of their 'valued' subscribers, and see if they can do an offer for X6?.

I like the memory stick idea. Will take further action on that.

One review seemed to suggest Scribus as a free alternative, so I have just downloaded a copy, so as to see what the interests of that product might be?.

Mar7- The newsletter we are presently producing is getting rather aged,even though its far far better than our first attempts many years ago with the hand crank duplicator. Some of our other newsletter community competitor's are having rethinks on their methods of production and costs, so we are thinking of following the same trend, but within finance limits.

Thanks both for the interest shown, very much appreciated.

  BT 08:56 21 Nov 2012

If you get onto the Serif Email mailing list they will often give you 'Special Prices' on their software.

As a 'Valued Customer'I had PagePlus X6 offered at £29.95 this week, so a considerable saving over the prices you have found.

As to being a 'Valued Customer' I have to say I have NEVER bought anything from them just used the free downloads. If you do phone them don't be pulled into buying anything you don't want. They can be very persuasive. Someone I know was persuaded into spending far more than he intended.

  spuds 09:13 21 Nov 2012


I have used Serif for many years, and use to have very regular discount offers from them,including freebies and trials, but I seem to have missed out on the latest PagePlus X6, hence my comment "see if they can do an offer".

Doing some checks yesterday, there appears to be a good supply of X4 and X5 available, with one possibly others brand new sealed X6 on auction finishing soon.

  spuds 13:11 08 Jan 2013

Final Update

Just thought that I would inform you that we were offered a Serif package consisting of PagePlus X6, Full comprehensive manual, Place Plus Image Collection for £29.95. Whether this is the same package offer BT mentioned or later promotion offer to get rid of stock, I wouldn't know.

Perhaps a better and improved PagePlus X7 is on the horizon for 2013?.

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