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Re: programs

Adobe Pagemaker is probably a more expensive program for designing and
printing books in signatures, but once you learn to use it, it does a great
job. Used with Photoshop, pictures, photos and other graphics can be
incorporated in the text. It will automatically paginate signatures in the
proper order, repaginate later if you make changes, print how many or how
few pages you want to, etc.

I used the program in a Computer Graphics course I took last Fall and
bought the student copy of Pagemaker, minus Photoshop. We used it to design
letterheads, business cards and postcards using the school scanner and
Photoshop. Pagemaker is available for MAC and PC. It's especially designed
for desktop publishing.


At 10:56 AM 6/24/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I've tried using a program for the Mac (maybe also available for PC) called
>Printchef, which looks very full-featured but which I found somewhat
>frustrating to use because of the poorly written documentation. It's pretty
>cheap and if you're patient I think it can do many of the things one needs
>(various paper sizes, options for how many pages to print on a sheet of
>paper, binding options, handling of "creep", etc.).
>I've also used a simpler program called Clickbook which makes basic
>booklets and is integrated with the printer driver on your computer, so
>it's handy to use (though you have to spend a little time configuring it to
>work with your particular printer). However, I've had problems using it
>with Framemaker--it has trouble printing rotated text, for instance, and it
>handled scaling poorly. (Though from problems I've had with Framemaker and
>other similar programs I suspect this may be FM's fault and not
>I think for both of these you have to conceptualize the signatures
>yourself--you can't just tell the program "I've got a 64-page book and I
>want to print it in four signatures--do the right thing". You also have to
>print page ranges rather than just hitting print once and letting it go.
>I'm constantly amazed that the cheap available software is so limited and
>subject to bugs and defects--the nature of the activity seems comparatively
>straightforward and the known problems appear obvious. Oh well...
>I've never posted before so maybe I should introduce myself--I work for an
>electronic text project at Brown University and I do amateur bookbinding
>and things like that on the side. I've really found this list
>extraordinarily helpful. Thanks to all--
>Best wishes, Julia
>Julia Flanders
>Women Writers Project
>Brown University
Betty Storz   storz@mcn.org

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