This is just some general feedback, and for full disclosure I have limited experience with Pagelines, and certain things I bring up I guess can be considered "suggestions" for features that may not be present. I take full blame for any assumptions I have made about what PL could / couldn't do before I decided to purchase; I did play around with the "Lite" version, after all.
You won't find an organized list or fancy chart, this is just my opinion in a random string of sentences. Just keep in mind I am still learning, and I do consult documentation, etc.
Also I am currently working from a local server, so any staff looking at my site won't see anything (except the current hand-built layout)
I'm new to Wordpress, in that I've toyed with it once in a while, but never really made the jump. Mainly because my site is not really intended to be a "blog" type site anyway, its just a distribution platform for a project of mine. But WP does work equally well for those simple types of sites, and its an active platform with supported extensions and all that. I just got sick of trying to find good stuff for features I want on my site, that are actively developed, don't have security issues, etc. So I decided to give WP another go. And PL seems very good at helping in the physical layout department.
I really like the idea behind PageLines, and indeed it is a very professional product and is clearly capable of doing a lot of stuff. That being said, I find myself wishing for more customization options, related to appearance (Font sizes, colors for various link states, or specific types of links, object borders, padding and positioning options, just to name a few) which frankly I would have thought would already be present.
My primary reason for being interested was I just don't have the time/inclination to hack up a custom WP layout to suit my needs and Drag & Drop appealed to me very much. That being said, I have started coming to the conclusion that as far as what the actual content looks like, I'm probably going to have to write my own CSS anyway - which kind of annoys me because if I'm going to have to do that, then why use Pagelines at all? To be fair, I don't think PL was sold to me as a complete WYSIWYG site editor, but mainly an easy to use Drag & Drop -layout- tool.
I guess I just feel some of the options included, kind of give you the feeling other stuff should be easily editable as well. You can pick some basic fonts for things, but you can't apparently set their size (!). Likewise you can choose a few basic color modifications, but you have no further options beyond what is provided... The hyperlinks colors don't even apply to hyperlinks in the Byline of blog posts, which seems like an oversight to me? Likewise we have an option to add a shadow to the content area (kind of broken btw, until the content area finally extends down far enough), but not even a simple option to pretty up your blog posts, i.e separating them into "boxes" that clearly deliniate one post from the next (aesthetic choice, I know, but still would be nice).
One thing that does bother me, is that I am using a classic Navbar w/header logo above it. I can't seem to locate any option to adjust the spacing between the two (clearly a layout related issue), nor any option to adjust their horizontal sizes to bring them in line with each other, relative to the content area. It really bothers me that my logo is shorter than my navbar, no matter what size I set for the main content area. I also think those modifications should be enterable in a text box, or we be given sliders which increment in 1px steps, not pre-defined steps. Either way, if my logo is 960px wide, and my content is 960px wide, I do not believe my logo should be shrunk automatically and padding added.
I know that PL likes to say "we don't want to drown you in options", but in my opinion there are a lot of basic/essential options that really are missing, especially for a target audience who is arguably using PL so they don't have to modify files and write properties by hand in the first place. Or maybe I am wrong about that.
Another issue I will mention, is trying to delete those boxes from the default setup while modifying it, was ridiculously painful. I might want to use the boxes feature in the future, but I had to kill the widget itself from the layout, because every time I tried to delete ALL the "entries" for the pre-created ones, (to try and get them off the page) when the final one was deleted (or if I did a batch Trashing on all of them) -- they were immediately restored. I don't know if that is an issue related to my local server being on a windows box or w/e, but I don't think it is since everything else has not had issues changing/modifying options or data..
I also can't seem to find any reasonably easy way to get rid of the logo at the bottom of my test site (below the footer). It was convoluted enough trying to track down how to set the footer up the way I wanted with some simple text - but I'm still stuck with that PL Logo - I want it gone. I don't want anything down there but the footer text.
I'm new, I'm sure there is a learning curve to a lot of this stuff, and I admit sometimes it feels like I am given too many options I have no use for / interest in, and others it feels like I don't have enough or what I want.. But I really do not like the idea of having to create a bunch of CSS code to get things to appear on screen the way I would like, and maybe that is my initial mistake in presuming PL would also offer a lot of control over that... However I guess my point is, if I'm going to invest a lot of time in that, why not just spend a little more time and modify a WP template myself?
I'm not trying to be overly negative or anything, its not really my intent to slam the product, and I don't feel duped. Just expressing my desire that PL offer a little more in the way of appearance related options, I guess. I will definitely give it more time and do a lot more reading, but in the end if I just end up having to write my own CSS for everything, I may not have much use for PL and excersise my 30-day option. It just wouldn't be worth it to me, from my point of view, to have a $70 tool just to shift my layout around.