PageFocus is an application series that offers no frills and is a basic text and image layout design tool. The interface is simple, and the software includes some basic templates and clipart you can use in your projects. You can also import your own images and templates, but don't expect to add any extra effects to your work with this basic page layout software.
The layout of this page designer software seems out of date, but it is still efficient. The left side generally houses all the tabs to view how many pages your projects have, any clipart and your images folder. The top and right side of the workspace often have more buttons than we knew what to do with, but hovering over them brings up a text box that describes what the button or tool does.
The page layout design software has different templates to choose from, though they are limited. You can upload your own templates, though, and even adjust them inside some versions of PageFocus. You can also export your files as PDF files. A master list shows you all the pages that are included in your project.
PageFocus has a solid set of graphics and clipart. In addition to the shapes and vectors you can select, you can find sample clipart in a dropdown menu. When you drag clipart onto the workspace, gridlines appear to help you align it with other text and image elements in your layout. You can add effects like drop shadow and transparency to each piece of clipart. You can also use buttons to move images and graphics instead of your mouse, which gives you a better chance of lining them up with text boxes and other graphics in your projects.
PageFocus series doesn't stand out when it comes to text features, though it accomplishes everything a standard word processor can. However, the only way to insert text is by drawing a text box. You can direct words to flow around objects or on a path. There are standard bold, italics and underline effects, but there are no drop shadow or reflection effects like those that other products we’ve reviewed have.
PageFocus has suitable layout design tools that includes templates and clipart, and it gives you freedom to manipulate your images but is not the best page layout software. We wish there were more options for templates, text effects and an improved user interface. If you want something easy to use and budget friendly, try a program from the PageFocus series.