Serif has updated its PagePlus desktop publishing software, integrating photo-editing tools into its PagePlus X4 release.

Photo Labs tools allow the user to make basic image edits such as red-eye and blemish removal. Photo Labs also offers masking capabilities and can be used to apply artistic effects to images.

See also: Serif PagePlus X4 review.

Other key additions in PagePlus X4 include the ability to import MS Word documents and ODF (open document format) files. PagePlus X4 will also allow users to anchor objects in relation to specific text, columns, frames, margins or pages while editing them. Frames and borders can now be dragged-and-dropped into documents too.

Serif is also offering users a new 'learning zone' that offers printable and video tutorials as well as access to support from Serif and a users community.

"We have listened to the requests of our knowledgeable customers and, with advanced productivity, even more industry-standard file compatibility and powerful graphics features, have delivered a significant upgrade that will be appreciated by new and existing users alike," said Gary Bates, Serif's managing director.

Available now from Serif, PagePlus X4 is priced at £79.99

See also: Serif Page Plus X3 software