I very much agree with kewms; Scrivener is an “integrated writing environment” … which is a rare term, because there are so few of them (only one, that I’m aware of!)
The concept of “IDE” is quite common; that’s the programmer’s integrated development environment for a programming language. Actually, the requirements are basically the same: using a language to write & assemble a complex document … in both cases. So Scrivener is either an IDE, or more appropriately for a visual text product rather than a binary application, Scrivener is an IWE. A “word processor” is only one small fraction of the writing environment; Scrivener goes far beyond that confine.
As for “page layout” or more appropriately, “desktop publishing,” there is only one professional grade product remaining: Adobe’s “In Design.” It is excruciatingly expensive, and is now being moved to a “rental suite” in the so-called “cloud.” I used DTP software for years in professional publishing environments. Very few so-called Desktop Publishing apps met the exacting industry typographical and pre-press requirements. For a long time Quark Express was the app of choice after Aldus PageMaker failed to evolve.
Quark imploded and fell out of favor. Adobe struggled to evolve InDesign, and finally succeeded (or survived as the last one standing?) Now that InDesign is a monopoly product, the price is extreme.
HOWEVER … there is a long-time survivor which fled offshore and became the pro-level DTP app of choice for English and Arabic publications. It was a contender with PageMaker back in the day, but due to corporate shuffling and product neglect, it fell away … until some years later it was acquired and now thrives in a niche area. (I hope this historial overview isn’t off-putting.) We (as a newspaper and printing business) used this product for years in producing material for page layouts and pre-press preparation. It had (and still has) all the professional capabilities required.
Ready-Set-Go is still available. The Mac version is being phased out, but for those who run OSX-10.3 to 10.6, the full version of RSG is on sale for $25 (!).
diwan.com/index.php/products … -macintosh
The Windows version of RSG is called RSG-Ruby. If someone needs a fully-licensed, not on the cloud! copy, then the $150 price is competitive (actually, a bargain). Go to diwan.com for further info. They’re also extending the Windows version for multi-mode output (tablets, phones, web, etc.)
I have absolutely no connection with Diwan or RSG, other than being a long-time user. I have my original OSX-10.4 copy installed on my Mac PowerPC equipment, and it performs magnificently.
It’s a shame that superb software gets shuffled off into obscure niche corners by the forces of corporate marketing. Since software and industry publications are so heavily advertising-influenced, niche products are rarely, if ever, mentioned.
I hope this will be useful to someone … especially that $25 RSG for Mac bargain (for 10.3 thru 10.6).