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To see all of what PageStream is capable of you can read the PageStream documentation which is available here.
New Features in PageStream4.1
- Built in Mail Merge!
- Shift-cursor text selection!
- Apply text attributes to using the object or reshape tool!
- PDF export control over compression and encoding
- Custom column widths and gutters inside text frames
- Text inset from column edges!
- Move pages between chapters
- Duplicate/Transform objects across pages
- Duplicate/Transform objects behind the original
- Fade duplicated objects to a specified line and/or fill
- Speed improvements
- and more!
New Features in PageStream4.0
- Native Indexing
- PDF export
- Multilevel chapter/page numbering/names (ie 6.8.1)
- Highlight Page Number/Data/Time etc to edit
- Defined styletags & variables at chapter level
- Native signature printing (many pages on 1)
- Business card/label printing (many copies of a page on 1)
- Configurable FPO size
- HTML text import/export
- Definable default text attributes
- Colors/Styles in use toggle
- Drag & Drop text
- Find & Replace improvements
- insert special characters
- Automatic before and after paragraph rules
- True smallcaps
- Table of contents generation
- Figure numbering
- Table of figure generation
- Paragraph numbering
- Definable Kerning Pairs
- Definable Tracking Tables
- Optical alignment/Hanging punctuation
- Edit mask in place
- Page Setup for spreads/range of pages
- Collect for output
- Lasso select
- Distributed on CD-Rom
- and much, much more!
Long document publishers will welcome this much anticipated feature. Insert Index Marks throughout the document detailing the topics to be indexed. Need subtopics? No problem! Create as many sub levels as you need separated by a slash. When inserting, you can choose from a list of previously created index topics or insert a new index topic. Define similar cross references with links to actual index topics such as "Car see Automobile" or link two similar index topics such as "Blue, see also Green". When the document is written, the index marks inserted, and the cross references entered, let Generate Index create an index with or without headings ("A", "B",...,"Z"), using the chosen styles.
Document publishing is no longer limited to printed form in this day of electronic medium. PDF stands for Portable Document Format, and was created by Adobe to serve as a feature rich document exchange and display format. Documents output to a PDF file will remain true to the original design. Output the whole document or selection of pages either in color or grayscale. The PDF files can than be displayed on another users screen using products such as Acrobat, or printed on their printer.
HTML text import/export
The most common electronic method of passing information with the sweeping popularity of the Internet, HTML is an important end product. The design capabilities of HTML limit what can be reproduced from a PageStream document, but is a big step above straight text. With HTML import capability, taking a web document and dressing it up for paper has never been easier.
Multilevel chapter/page numbering/names (i.e. 6.8.1)
When referencing pages in a long document, PageStream can now refer to "Chapter 2, Page 40" as 2.40. Define a "-" as the separator, and it will be displayed as 2-40.
Highlight Page Number/Data/Time
etc to edit
In the past, changing an inserted number, date, or time variable meant guessing what parameters had been chosen.With PageStream4, highlight the variable, and select the matching "insert" command. The existing variable's parameters will be filled in, waiting to be changed.
Defined styletags & variables
at chapter level
When designing long documents, often there is a need to give the reader a visual cue that he is in a different chapter. Now text & object styletags, colors, and variables are set to the closest definition to the chapter it is used in. For example, if Body Text is defined at the document level and in Chapter 1, text anywhere but Chapter 1 will use the Body Text style defined at the document level, but text in Chapter 1 will use the Body Text style defined in Chapter 1. Text copied from Chapter 1 to another location will use the document level defined Body Text style.
Native signature printing (many pages on 1)
Creating double sided, multiple page documents has always been easy in PageStream. However, arranging it for printing was never simple.With PageStream 4.0, it couldn't be any easier. Specify the number of pages to print on a sheet of paper, how many pages total there are, and PageStream will do the rest. For example, in a 20 page document, printing 2 pages per signature, pages 1 and 20 will be on one sheet, 2 and 19 on another, etc. When folded together into final booklet form, pages will be with their natural partners (i.e., 2 & 3, 4 & 5). Page number will be preserved as will the on screen facing pages spreads.
Business card/label printing (many copies of a page on 1)
Ever create a business card or label layout in PageStream? To save paper, most designs will show numerous copies of the same card or label on a single page. This works, until a change is needed. Then that change needs to be made on each and every copy. Printing mailing labels using mail merge? Forget it! Unless it was done in PageStream4.0. Just design a single label or business card. Then select the number of copies across and down on each sheet of paper, and the distance between for a simple business card or a complex mailing label merge!
Configurable FPO size
External bitmap pictures are a mixed bag. For pictures who change during the design phase, are used in numerous locations in various documents, or are just too large to justify loading and saving in the main document, external is the way to go. For these external bitmaps, the right display resolution varies based on the purpose. Choose a course screen display to speed up redraws and shrink the FPO size when using it for a place holder and to provide a reminder of the contents of the picture. Pick a finer screen display when trying to place lines pointing into the picture or framing it with a complex path. Control like this brings external pictures close to ideal!
Collect for output
The benefits to external graphics are numerous, but the one downfall is a dangerous one. What if the document needs to be loaded on another machine? Gathering all the files together can be a laborious task. Let PageStream4.0 do the work! Collect for output works like saving a document, only it will save not only the document in the destination folder, but it will also copy all the external graphics to the destination folder.
Definable default text attributes
No longer limited to just the font, size, and language; PageStream4 can have any text attribute defaults changed. Prefer a tighter character spacing, looser leading, and larger paragraph spacing? Make it so! Gradient text fill? Unlikely, but possible!
Colors/Styles in use toggle
A simple toggle between all colors or styles () and just those in use () makes producing documents simple. Don't be afraid to create large sets of colors or styles. A click of the in use toggle will reduce the number of items in the list to those that are used in the current document.
PageStream has always had a strong collection of drawings features. Drawing layers are now an extension of drawings, continuing the tradition of drawing excellence. Any collection of objects can be made into a drawing. These drawings are now listed in the layers palette where many of their attributes can be changed. Adjust the depth of the layers. Turn off and on the display of the drawings. Lock them down and disable editing of the contents. With a click of the mouse, change the active drawing layer. All future drawing will occur inside that drawing layer until another drawing layer is selected.
Drag & Drop text
Click in the center of a highlighted range of text, and drag that text to a new insertion point.A cut and paste shortcut that speeds the editing process.
Find & Change improvements
- insert special characters
Searching for or replacing with characters outside the standard range of available characters can be difficult. Who can remember the Unicode or local character number for so many characters! No need to consult a preprinted table. Now just choose a character to append to the find or change string from the standard PageStream character list. Point and click simplicity.
Searching for a number of similar words or character sequence? Let the single character wild card (?) help. Need to match a variable number of characters? The multiple character wild card (*) is all that it takes to make a match.
Not every document starts with the proper use of paragraph and character style tags. The change attributes option will make correcting that oversight easier. Change all occurrences of Helvetica 10pt into Times-Bold 9pt. Replace it with the Body Text paragraph style tag and simplify future changes easier, or make the addition of a table of contents go quickly.
PageStream's one weakness has been color work. Well now PageStream has gotten serious in a big way towards color work. Trapping control is here! On an object by object basis, for both the fill and stroke of the object, the way that path is printed can be controlled in a number of ways. Choose to overprint the colors beneath it when printing a near black path over a light background. Spread it when printing a light path over a darker background. Choking will fix the most stubborn dark path over a light background.
Number a sequence of paragraphs. Making top ten lists, or the assembly steps for a new product no longer require the numbering sequence to be updated by hand. Insert another paragraph, and all of the rest will renumber automatically. Got the steps out of sequence? Drag and drop in the proper sequence and let PageStream do the rest.
Automatic before and after
Rules (or lines) before and after a pull quote is a common appearance. Now it is as simple as it is common. Place a rule before and or after a paragraph. Define the offset from the start of end of that paragraph in either amounts relative to the paragraph spacing, or a fixed amount. Reduce the left and right margin of the line by either a percentage of the total width, or a fixed amount. Want a gradient bar? Step back and let PageStream do the work! Later on when location or size of the paragraph changes, the rules will change right along with it. No more embarrassing lines drawn through the middle of the paragraph that needed a manual correction.
Adjusting the size of just the lowercase characters as they are forced to uppercase is the way small caps were meant to be. Titling caps are still provided giving yet another incredibly useful feature even more depth.
Table of contents generation
With the proper application of paragraph style tags, generating a table of contents is a breeze. Each styletag used for a heading or subhead can be selected as a table of content styletag. Then each section of text using those styletags are copied into a single list and set with a derivative styletag. Throw in a title, and call it done!
Each important table, chart, graph or picture can now be sequentially numbered. Collect them into individual groups, or number them sequentially together. Refer to them in other locations of the document by the figures name, sequential number, or the page at which it can be located.
Table of figure generation
Building the list of tables, charts, graphs and pictures is one quick step away. After each of the figures are marked and numbered using Insert Figure Mark, the rest is up to PageStream4. Group them by chapters, or just one big list. Assigned styles make fine tuning the tables a snap. Long document publishing has never been so easy.
Definable Kerning Pairs
While most fonts come with a well defined list of kerning pairs, they are seldom as complete as they need to be. Create overriding custom kerning pairs, and not just for a single occurrence, but for ever occurrence in the current, and future documents if desired. Tighten up those less than common character kerning pairs, or fix that public domain font once and for all.
Definable Tracking Tables
With 5 default tracking tables ranging from very loose, loose, normal, tight, to very tight, keeping a consistent tightness is a breeze. Now modifying a specific font's tracking table gives the ability to define a global density that is constant across all fonts. When a font such a script font is mixed with other text, no longer does the tracking need to be adjusted for each occurrence of the script font. Just globally set the tracking off for that font and forget the hassle.
Typographical control is what PageStream delivers, and now it delivers it in the finest way. Optical alignment makes sure that the left and/or right edge of justified text is no longer mechanically aligned, but optically. For example, the letter O has a soft left and right side, which needs to "stick out" further than something like an H which has a hard left and right side. Punctuation is no longer considered part of the alignment of text either. It can be "hung" outside the edges of the column, to create that once common professional look.
Edit mask in place
Loose paths are no longer the only editable paths with the path tool. After applying a path or shape as a mask for a picture, drawing, or EPS, it can still be edited. Just choose the path tool, choose the masked object, and modify the mask. Insert, delete, or move points as need be. No need to release the mask, edit it, and then remask the object.
Page Setup for spreads/range
Need to set the masterpage for a whole range of pages? Just specify the range, and set them all at once! Need the masterpage to be hidden? Sweeping changes are no longer repetitious.
Finding a specific spot in a document can be time consuming. Now name a marked spot, and refer to it instead of a specific page. If the spot has moved, PageStream will take care of it. Imagine an unlimited number of easy to reference marks in a printed book. Add, rename, or remove as needs change.
Selecting objects in an irregular group is no longer a shift click, day long, task. Choose the lasso tool, drag out a freehand path around the objects to be selected, and move on! The lasso tool works just like the object tool in all respects except that instead of dragging a square selection range, freehand lassoing is at hand.
Distributed on CD-ROM
With a new help system choked full of screen shots, spelling dictionaries for an ever growing list of supported languages, and machines without floppies, CD-ROM is now the only way to go. Previous versions, more support files, fonts and much more all give a greater depth to the package. Floppies just doesn't do PageStream4 justice!
New Features in PageStream 3.4
- Much improved Online Help
- Improved Undo/Redo
- fix in/out of page/spread/pasteboard
- undo remainder of object editing
- undo delete page/chapter etc
- Dynamically move articles to proper document/chapter level
- Spell Checking with dictionaries for most languages supported
- Color palette for text
- Drag out guides
- Reshape path curves->lines->curves and closing
- Improved Min/Max/Opt Word/Character spacing
- Speed-up editing of text, especially long articles
- Tick based palette updates for faster execution of complex articles
- Edit text hooks for extensions
- Revamp styletags, including:
- Styletag delete loop
- Character/Paragraph combo
- Styletag override
- and more!
New Features in PageStream 3.3
Fly Out Tools
Tools have now been grouped together in "popup" like icon list that let you switch between tools quickly. This gave us the "screen space" we needed to give you more tools. Also, by grouping them together it does so in a way that makes it easier to use.
The new tools are:
This new tool is now grouped with Object Tool, Reshape Tool, and the Crop tool. What does it do? It lets you finally set the rotation point of object(s), and if you grab and object you can rotate it right on screen! You can also slant/twist with keyboard qualifiers!
1,2,&3 Column Tool
Now you can switch between the 3 most common column counts in a text frame without changing your prefs.
Scallop, Bevel, Insert Box Tool
The rounded corner box and these are now grouped with the box tool. Pick a corner type from the toolbox and draw away.
Star, Wavy, Scallop, Puffy Polygon Tool
Like the above two, you can quickly switch between drawing these polygon types without changing your prefs between them or drawing it as one type and changing it to another. In the future we hope to add a few more useful polygon types such as gears.
Yea, it was in a 3.2a beta for awhile, but there was no room for it and borders. While you could always get to it via macros or the configurable toolbar in 3.2, now its always there and "official". In the future we will group some other object types with this as a sort of Misc group.
Creates a yellow text frame with a dashed outline that is non-printing. Use this to write notes in the document to remind you of things to do, or locations of graphics or even special printing requirements.
Define Font Substitution
Big time feature! Load and old document and it uses a font you don't have? Transfering documents from other platforms? Any font that is not installed on your machine that is used in a document will be displayed in a list where you can select a replacement font. That replacement can be for display only, or a permanent change to the document. Entries in the font substitution list can be local to the document, or made part of the global font substitution table.
Now we can have the same help files between Mac and Amiga. Also, we can supply our help files with more content like we used to do, and better yet provide pictures where it helps. In the future, we hope to add interactive help.
Improved Adobe Illustrator Import/Export filter
The current Illustrator filter leaves much to be desired. Now you can export to Illustrator and expect it to keep as much as possible when importing into another application that supports Illustrator files.
RTF Text Export
Now you can exchange files with WordPerfect PC or Microsoft Word with most of the formatting intact.
2.2 Style Place Graphics
With the changes necessary for Font Subsitition, it makes it easier for us to return the old favorite 2.2 style placing of graphics. While you can configure PageStream to still place graphics automatically in the center of the screen like it works now in PageStream3.2, if you want you can set it to allow direct placing and scaling of the graphics before it is placed on the page. For those not familiar with PageStream2, after the graphic is imported, you get a paste mouse cursor. When you click on the page it places the upper left hand corner of the graphic where you clicked. If you click and drag the mouse, you actually define the "frame" that the graphic is scaled to fit into.
Automatic Text Frame "Like" Toggle
When you import text with Auto Text Frames on, any overflow text will be placed into columns created on blank pages. Before, it always created them the same as the Masterpage margins/column count & gutter specified. Now you can also choose to have the new columns created with the same coordinates, count and gutter (and even the same color!) as the last column in the article.
PostScript Style Dash Line
You can still define line dash styles using the old familiar bitmap on/off mannor, but you can now also describe the individual dash lengths as you do in PostScript and applications such as Adobe Illustrator and ProDraw.
Set Type Language Submenu
Installed languages are now in a submenu in the Type menu. Select one of these and you page numbers, dates, times and hyphenation will change to reflect that language if you didn't specify it in the afore mentioned attributes.
A little script for those DPI impared users! Basically, you type in the x/ydpi that you want the selected picture scaled to and it does the calculation and scales the picture for you.
Improved Color Palette
Tint: Set the percentage tint for the color directly from the palette.
From/To Color: Gradient to colors can now be set directly from the palette.
Swatches: Small swatches in the color palette now let you identify what the color looks like.
For users with low color depth this function is pretty worthless. Unless you in at least 32 colors, and hopefully 256 or 24bit, forget it!
Auto Page Orientation
Yea! Now you can mix landscape/portrait in a single document and print at once. Better yet, stop changing your printer prefs everytime you print a landscape document. Let PageStream do the work.
When your moving a object(s) with the Object Tool, or rotating them with the Rotate Tool, hold down the Alt (or Option) key and when you let go of the mouse button your original object will still be in the same place, but a duplicate will be placed in the new location.
Tab/Shift-Tab cycle through objects
Pressing Tab/Shift-Tab cycles through the objects on the current page.
New toolbar buttons for view pictures/drawings/column outline/text framelinks/invisibles
Turn pictures on and off with ease again!
Chapters can now be moved into and out of parent chapters
If you change the structure of your document you don't have to start over now. Add and remove chapter levels on the go.
Pages can be moved from a document to a new chapter
Create a document and decide you need chapters? No problem now.
Set screen frequency/angle/spot function for Halftone dither to non-PostScript printers
Thats right, now non-PostScript users can set all this (and more). 10dpi line spot functions for those special effects, or set the freq/angle for each ink on your color printer to finally get the best color you can.
** Flash ** Now you can also set a gamma for each ink and UCR/GCR for the RGB to CYMK conversion. Set them in the XPD pref file or just "customize" it in the print setup requester.
Improved Ordered and FS dither options to provide a better range of grays to high res printers.
Now the Ordered and FS dithers use a bigger cellsize when you print at higher resolutions. What does this mean? Less banding on your gradients and more recognizable shades of gray/color
Mirror, Negative, Thumbnail, Crop & Reg marks, and color seps to non-PostScript
I can't say that I agree with the use of several of these, but you wanted it, so you got it! At least thumbnails is _very_ nice!
Colorize B&W or Grayscale pictures.
Print them on a specific spot plate. Scan a black and white logo and change it to a spot color if you want! Make it red! It will print that way, and if its a spot color it will print on that spot plate!
Load/Save printer prefs
Switch between printers quickly. Just load/save miniprefs from the printer pref folder. Now you can switch between your color inkjet, black and white laser, and setup for printing to disk for an imagesetter without looking for those scraps of paper with the right settings for each.
Preview color seps on screen
Just shift-select the name of the view in the hide or show submenus in the window menu and now you can not only rename the view like before, but you can also show the color plates one at a time to make sure you have right spot colors or overprint/knockout options set!
External pictures FPOs are now saved with the document
When you load a document you don't have to wait to display those external pictures while it rebuilds the FPO!
Easier reselection of moved external pictures
If you ever reorganized your external pictures, you know what a pain it is to tell PageStream where those 50 pictures went. Now, it remembers where you helped it find each "lost" graphic and looks there for others before asking you where they went!
Unsupported accent characters get displayed as unaccented
Not every font supports every accented character. Now if it can't find the accented character it will use the unaccented character.
Total object count shown in Report...
Get a general idea how your document is shaping up.
Insert Character Requestor
When defining Bullet character; and Tab fill and align on character, select from a list using a requester similar to the insert character\ requester, say goodbye to typing strange unicode characters to access characters not found in the standard system fonts but that are handled by PageStream and its font engines.
Configurable Paper and DPI list in new ILBM XPD file Amiga Only
Now you can set configure the ILBM printer driver for any DPI or paper size you want.
HP driver now supports user editable XPD file Amiga Only
Add new resolutions or tweak defaults without waiting for an update from us.
New Features in PageStream 3.2
- Configurable toolbar
- Masking of graphics by any shape
- Eyedropper tool for copying and pasting of text and object attributes
- Automatic hanging indents
- Automatic nested indents
- Effect filters: PageStream can now share the plug-in effect filters used by BME, the free image processor included with PageStream. Nine filters, including an autotracer, are included free with PageStream. Twelve additional filters are available separately in the Gary's Effects package.
- Pasteboard surrounding pages
- Open Recent submenu
- Default tab spacing
- More extensive AppleGuide help system
- AppleScript support
- Vertical and horizontal page spreads
- Automatic drop caps
- Find/Change throughout documents and chapters
- Smart Single and Double Quotes and Smart Dashes
- Spot colors and overprinting
- Object styles
- Anchored objects
PageStream Professional Features
PageStream Professional is at this time a collection of PageStream4.1, and a number of addons and extensions which complement PageStream standard. These features which are unique to Pro release are listed below, and for details on what the standard PageStream can do, please read about it here!
To see all of what PageStream is capable of you can read the PageStream documentation which is available here.
The upgrade from PageStream5.0 to PageStream5.0 Pro (same platform) is $50. If you are switching platforms, you will have to purchase the crossgrade to 5.0 for that platform, plus the Pro upgrade. Full version of PageStream5.0 Professional retails for only $149! More details on upgrade options can be seen on our main sales page.
Features in PageStream 4.1 Pro
- PDF Document Filter
As everyone knows, PDF (Portable Document Format) has taken hold as the most popular method of distributing completed documents on the Internet. The trouble is that making changes to a PDF document has been almost impossible. The full version of Acrobat only allows you to make minor changes like changing the spelling of a word. If the need arises to make changes that would cause a line of text to break in a new location, you are out of luck. Worse yet, Acrobat 6.0 Standard will set you back $299 and the "Professional" version of Acrobat 6.0 rings in at $449!
If you have been following the PageStreamSupport list for a while, you might be asking what has changed? As you might know, Deron has written several e-mails in the past discussing problems in loading a PDF document into PageStream (and now you know why he knew so much about the problems in loading PDF files). Shortcomings still exist, but Deron has pushed the DTP envelop again. The PDF document filter has two main settings. One mode will try and load the document as accurately as possible. The PDF will be loaded as a PageStream document, but will have a few of the limitations that Acrobat possesses when it comes to editing it. The second mode sensibly merges individual lines of text into paragraphs with the appropriate leading and paragraph leading, margins and more to create an editable version of a PDF document. Creating new content from old PDF files, recreating lost original documents, even moving old documents from other programs to PageStream, are all now possible.
Those of us who know what is out there in the market, what they can do, and how much it costs, begged to release this filter in a new version of PageStream and charge for it. Deron however has other plans for it. He feels that this project has just begun to explore what is possible in processing a low-level file like PDF into a high-level document. The conversion to an editable document is an imperfect process, and can never be perfect. Like the 1.0 release that it is, people will find ways to use (and abuse!) this functionality in ways we never imagined and find flaws in the "smarts" along the way. To that end, we have decided to place it in the current PageStream4.1 Professional releases.
The second screenshot shows that same page displayed in Adobe Acrobat after exporting the document in PDF format. The third and final screenshot is the PDF document loaded back into PageStream. You can click on any of the three screenshots and obtain the documents used to create each screenshot.
Almost from the day in 1986 when we released the first version of what would become PageStream, our customers have asked us for the ability to put text on a curve and distort it inside shapes. The TextFX extension for PageStream Professional gives you everything you need with a simple interface.
To create a text effect, create a text block (frameless text object), choose the Object tool, and click the FX button in the Edit palette. The TextFX requester will appear. Select one of the 66 shape icons to warp text inside a shape, or choose one of the 18 curve icons to bend text on a curve. Select the other options as desired and click OK.
New in TextFX 2: Sixteen new shape icons, 13 new curve icons, warp text in shapes YOU draw, and set type on curves YOU draw! Here's a small sampling of what you can do with TextFX:
- Gary's Effects
Nine effect filters, including Pixelize, Brightness, Contrast and Emboss, are included with PageStream and BME. Gary's Effects offers an additional twelve filters for use with PageStream and BME.
The effects are:
Convole is totally configurable, and includes presets for Gaussian Blur, Gaussian Sharpen, Laplacian Edge Enhancement, Low-Pass, High-Pass and many more.
- Borders volume 1 & 2
extension adds a new tool to PageStream's toolbox. Choose the Border tool and draw, just as you would with the Box tool, to create stunning borders. The border designs are vector illustrations, so you can stretch them without creating jaggies. Unlike simple dashed lines, each border's corners and line pieces are professionally designed so that they look great at every size. Click the FX button in the Edit palette when a border is selected to change a border's type, thickness, and colors.
Borders are great for certificates, posters, coupons, cards and other documents where you want to draw attention to an area or add a professional appearance with little effort.
There are two border volumes included in PageStream4.1 Pro: Basic Borders contains sixty borders, including coupon, map, and symbol designs. Geo Borders contains sixty decorative borders in a variety of designs including nature, classical, and music.
Basic Borders Geo Borders
- Direct Templates: 488 matching
PageStream templates for Paper Direct papers.
- Home & Office Forms: 50
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