Adobe Pagemaker is no longer part of Adobe Systems Incorporated, as reported by Adobe Systems VP of marketing communications, David Glazier. According to Adobe Systems CEO and co-founder Jim Cieslewicz, Adobe Pagemaker was "part of a series of products" released in 1985 under the name Symphony. Cieslewicz explained that Adobe Pagemaker was part of a small group of products released as freeware. Adobe Pagemaker was part of Adobe's attempt to develop an open-source application that would run on the Amiga OS. Adobe's previous efforts toward creating this open source tool have included developing an image viewer called the "GC browser," a music player called the "AGM Music Player," and a word processor similar to Quark.
It is unclear exactly what Adobe Pagemaker meant to do, or if it ever had a purpose other than to crowd out all the freeware and shareware programs on the market. Over the years it has been updated and received numerous upgrades, and is still one of the freestanding desktop publishing application applications available on the market. One of the last major changes to the product history is the addition of Windows support. Microsoft released Windows in the late 90's and has since become one of the most dominant operating systems in the world. Many people believe the inclusion of Windows is what pushed Adobe into developing Windows-friendly features in Pagemaker.
If you are looking for an excellent freeware desktop publishing application, you should definitely take a look at Adobe Pagemaker. This is a product that continues to get better with each version, and is still considered one of the best freeware desktop publishing applications available on the market today. To find out more about Adobe Pagemaker, visit the Adobe website directly. You can also find out more information on the history of Adobe and how to get the latest version, for free, without having to spend a penny. Good luck, and have fun!