You have to manually construct a 10mm margin with crop marks around the document and use 3mm of that for the bleed. Something I have not had to do since the 1980's.
Pages does output to cmyk but there are problems if you go to pdf with transparency which includes, shadows, reflections, some frames and direct transparency with bitmaps.
Pages is designed to output to desktop printers. Some users have successfully gone to commercial printers, mainly inhouse with direct output from Pages to the RIP. As there are problems with managing colors and no tools to verify everything is printable, I consider Pages the wrong tool for the job.
I have checked I Work in Pages at odd intervals. Obviously Alexander thinks he knows what he is talking about, but really he is stumbling around, and seems to only grasp half of what is going on.
Particularly his workflow via PostScript and then to pdf via Distiller is plain wrong. OSX goes via its own internal pdf conversion to get to the PS, so all he has done is taken an unnecessary detour. The PostScript conversion was something we did back in the 90's in Mac Classic and it didn't work too well back then either.
He is also being fooled by Acrobat's/pdf ability to force unnatural resolution, and doesn't understand the issues with transparency.
I don't want to be too harsh but you only have to look at his work. He is a keen amateur and as such has not truly tested his output and is misinterpreting the results because he doesn't really understand what is going on.
Peter - thank you for your response - very helpful but at the same time disappointing as it is what I had anticipated. I have recently moved from Windows PC to the Mac environment and was looking for a DTP program to replace Serif PagePlus - it seems most of the reasonably priced Mac page layout programs simply won't do what I want and could do with the Serif products. Ho-hum - I guess I'll just have to keep looking.
You give up too easily.
Swift Publishing has bleeds and imposition. However anything that uses OSX's print engine (Windows is equally as bad) will still not be a professional tool. For a start there is no support for spot inks.
iCalamus claims they can provide pdfx-3 output. Their workflow may work for other OSX appliactions as well as the Automator workflows should appear as part of print dialogs. Be aware that I have not tested this myself.
Thanks for both of your last posts - and yes you are right, I probably have given up too easily, but I've tried 3 different page layout programs now - Pages, Swift Publisher and iStudio Publisher and none of them are able to match the requirements that I have and was able to meet with Serif software, which incidentally, I never paid full price for. Serif are always doing offers and often include the user and resource guides included in a price that is lower than that of just the software itself.
I've also attempted to use the free Scribus - but must admit that this looks to be a bit complicated to even get going, with the need to install Ghostscript. I'm not that good at the technical bits and have found the install routine a bit daunting.
So, whilst I love this new iMac, I may have to persevere for a bit longer with my Windows PC to continue with using the Serif software (I produce a small club cycling magazine on a quarterly basis) until I decide on a definite route to go down.
I may eventually be forced to install Windows on my Mac, but was hoping not to have to do this - I'm being mean here as I simply don't want to have to purchase another copy of Windows for this purpose.
Thanks for all your suggestions.
You do not have to pay full price for Mac software either.
There are frequent bundles and deals. I have got most of my software in those and just picked up Capture One Pro for less than half price. Nearly everything else I have got for a fraction of the price.
These are just a few of the deals to subscribe to:
…and others I can't think of for the moment.
I did have a look at it once earlier and would have to put it through a complete test to see if it is adequate, but on the face of it Serif PagePlus does hit a lot of the more professional requirements. Pity that Apple doesn't feel itself challenged and do the same with Pages.
Am I right in thinking however that Serif PagePlus does not have spreadsheets however? That is one of Pages great features.
btw I am impressed by a company that charges £68.13 for the software, then an extra £14.99 for the user guide, and another £29.99 for the resources guide.
Is it just PC users that buy on the installment plan because they think its cheaper?
If it's related to iCalamus, my understanding that £14.99 is the price of the printed user guide but that the same resources are available as PDF in the application's package.
If I'm right it's a good formula.
I no longer use printed User Guides so I feel that it would be odd to pay for a paperbook which I would never open.
It's the same for Adobe products: only users which really want a printed guide buy it. It spare cash and paper
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> My printer requires me to provide a PDF file, in CMYK format, with 3mm bleed - I don't think that Pages offers this sort of option - am I correct?
If a printer asks for pre-separated data, this is possible with ISO 12647 and ISO 15930 printing standards if and only if the printer tells you what the printing condition in fact is, that is, what is the colourimetry of the paper, what is the colourimetry of the ink set, and what is the press calibration.
If you provide pre-separated data, then you have to know what paper and ink consumables and press calibrations are involved in the purchase of the print provider's service. Since 1995, there has been an industry standard for interchange of such information: the ICC Specification.
For what it's worth, I wrote part of the early press evangelisation for the ICC Specification in the UK through Prepress News and Electronic Imaging :-).
Many thanks for the links to all the websites - useful.
Yes you are right in about Serif Page Plus not providing spreadsheet capability.
I am now investigating the possibility of it being supported by Codeweavers.com - they claim to support Page Plus X9, but this is a little odd as Page Plus is currently at X6 - so I am waiting for a response from them on this.