PM is ancient (it was killed off in 2004) and unless you're using Win2K or an earlly version of WinXP, all bets are off.
PM doesn't handle PDFs after ver1.4 - I think it's 1.4, certainly not the latest versions anyway. And the preview always was poor.
Export to PDF or use a PS printer and the output should be OK.
The best response is move onto InDesign (which can be seen as PM version 13, making you realise how old PM7 is).
I'm going to assume that your pdf's are not blurry to begin with. Are you viewing the document in high resolution? This can make a big difference, but it can also slow your machine down to a crawl. Pagemaker is pretty archaic and it cannot handle the newer pdf formats, If I recall correctly the import filter was designed for acrobat 3. The real question is how well they print.
Edit I see Big John beat me to it
John and Jay,
I just tested it by placing a pdf file in my PM7 document and as usual the display was terrible - even with Hi-Res set in my Preferences. But then I printed it to a pdf file and the new pdf file is as good as the original! I had been previosly been stopped by the terrible display, assuming that it would print equally as poorly.
I know PM7 is a dinosaur but it has served my modest needs fairly well. Nevertheless I'll have to make the jump to InDesign at some point. Just wondering how hard the transition is for an old guy.
There is a learning curve but you need to be aware that PM has ZERO
support for PDFs with transparency. You were fortunate this time. Next
time, probably not.
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Keep in mind that InDesign is part of Creative Cloud. You can buy CS6
but it's $700. A subscription to a single CC app is $20/month with an
You might want to consider other alternatives such as open source
scribus or the very reasonably priced Serif PagePlus.
I took to it very quickly, but I had some experience working with Quark, so I already knew how to work with frames. My self training consisted of recreating 3 magazine templates, then I was off and running, your experience may differ.
Hey Bob have you tried the new IDCC? and can you talk about it?
CC doesn't have a whole lot of new features. Most of the development time
went into decarbonizing the Mac version and making both Win and Mac 64 bit.
This alone would be enough for me.
It's way faster. It has the dark interface which you can change to light, a
built in QR Code generator, new font features, and for epub pros, the
ability to export a live index.
Release date is June 17.
Yeah the whole revamp that should have happend in CS6 when they did photoshop and Illustator. I'll be holding off on this upgrade for a while.