Adobe has announced version 7.0 of PageMaker, its page-layout program.

Although Adobe InDesign has supplanted PageMaker in the professional-graphics market, the product remains popular in the business market.

Adobe now describes PageMaker as "an integrated business publishing solution with easy-to-use tools for producing professional quality results".

Version 7.0 has been improved to better integrate with Adobe's other business products, including Photoshop, Illustrator and Elements. It's also been given features that reflect the company's focus on "network publishing".

These include the ability to create tagged Adobe PDF files. This helps workgroups discuss and work on PDF documents both simultaneously and remotely, taking advantage of new features in Acrobat 5.0.

PageMaker now also has a data-merge feature, and will import text from Microsoft Word files. Its ability to convert files created in Microsoft Publisher and QuarkXPress has also been improved.

The application will be available this summer and will cost £399. It will cost existing users £59 to upgrade. It supports Mac OSs from 8.6 to 9.1, but will work only in the Classic (OS 9.1) mode of Mac OS X.