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2002-10-07 19:45:02 CT #1
Roy Leith
From: United Kingdom
Registered: 2006-02-23
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I have submitted some characterset updates in the files section.

I'm afraid the image refs. are probably broken; Sun Office is not the ideal method of producing HTML and I have to do my best editing the source. I hope the links are correct, this time.

Try as I might, I have not been able to trigger the character substitution feature of Pagestream. It seems to use the Control C mnemonic method to create accented characters whatever the font and font system chosen.

I would appreciate a review of the character set file format page as I have made some assumptions from the existing examples.

I would like to have a go at the following;

puttingtext.html (will have to be Amiga shot)
pages.html (amiga shot)
navigating.html (as above)

Roy Leith

2002-10-08 15:26:20 CT #2
Deron Kazmaier
From: United States
Registered: 2006-01-29
Posts: 4599
Editing Objects

The Edit palette allows you to precisely move, scale and manipulate objects.

When you enter a value in a text box in the Edit palette, press Tab to move to the next text box without applying the change immediately. Click the Apply button to apply the changes, or press Return. (AmigaOS users must press Return twice: once to exit the text box and once to apply the changes.)

Some of the options have arrow buttons which you can click on to nudge values. Hold down Shift while nudging values to change them in smaller increments.

The picture below shows the Edit palette when a box is selected with the Object tool.

A Click to apply changes, or press Return.
B Left (X) and top (Y) coordinates.
C Width (W) and height (H) coordinates.
D Horizontal (HC) and vertical (VC) corner radii.
E Corner tool.
F Rotation angle.
G Flip vertical and horizontal buttons.
H Slant and twist angles.
I Lock, proportional scaling and printing toggles.

To lock an object:
Click to select the Lock button. Locked objects cannot be moved, scaled or otherwise edited. If you try to modify a locked object, an alert box will appear. You can choose to override the lock for this action, to unlock the object and then perform the action, or to cancel the action. Grouping a locked object with other objects will result in a locked group. This button is identical to selecting Lock and Unlock from the Object menu.

To freeze the aspect ratio of an object:
Click to select the Proportional Scale button. This option prevents you from distorting an object's appearance by changing the aspect ratio. This is automatically selected for imported graphics.

To stop an object from printing:
Click to select the Print button. This option helps you save time when printing a draft copy by skipping specific graphics.

The Edit palette's options change depending on the selected tool and object. The following list of Edit palette's options do not vary with the type of object that is selected:

  • coordinates;
  • rotate;
  • slant;
  • twist;
  • flip;
  • lock;
  • proportional scale;
  • no print.

If a text frame, bitmap picture, Border or TextFX object is selected with the object tool, a special FX button appears in the Edit Palette. The FX button when selected can modify these types of objects.

  • When a text frame is selected on the page, you can apply left top right and bottom margins and set custom column widths and gutters. Click on the FX button in the Edit Palette. See the Text Frame Options section for more information.
  • When a Border object is selected on the page, you can change the type of border drawn. Click on the FX button in the Edit Palette. A selection of available borders will appear. See the Borders section for more information.
  • If you have the TextFX extension installed and have a text block selected on the page, you can change the shape of the text or curve it around a path. Click on the FX button to open the TextFX dialog box. A selection of shapes will appear. See the TextFX section for more information.
  • When a bitmap picture is selected on the page, you can apply various picture effects to it, such as brightness, contrast, emboss, reduce noise, negative, etc. Refer to the Effects section of BME for the picture effects included with PageStream, and to the Gary's Effects add-on section for the extra effects available from SoftLogik. Note that you cannot apply effects to external pictures.

Borders and TextFX are sold separately as extensions to PageStream. TextFX warps and curves text objects and Borders are vector illustrations. Contact GrasshopperLLC for more details.

To edit an ellipse with the Edit palette: Enter the starting and ending angles of the arc for arcs and pies. Choose the elliptical shape type. Ellipses are closed elliptical shapes. Arcs are a portion of an ellipse's arc. Pies are similar to arcs, but have lines joined the endpoints of the arc to the center.

To edit a polygon with the Edit palette: Enter the number of sides, from 2 - 99. Choose the polygon shape type. Normal polygons have flat sides joining the points. Puffy polygons have outwardly curved sides, while scalloped have inwardly curved sides. Wavy polygons have puffy-scalloped alternating sides and stars have pointed sides.

Enter the radius of the alternative points as a percentage of the polygon's radius, for all polygon types except normal polygons. Star, puffy, scalloped and wavy polygons have points that alternate with the points of the actual sides. For example, a five-sided star has five points and 5 alternate points inside the polygon shape.

Note: the pre-rotation and angle options for polygons can only be set with the Edit Palette when the reshape tool is selected.

To edit a grid with the Edit palette: Enter the number of grid cells in each direction, from 1 to 99. The number of cells is one more than the number of dividing lines in the grid.

To edit a column with the Edit palette: Enter the number of columns and column gutter width into the Edit palette's "#C" and "G" boxes.

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Putting Text on the Page

Creating Text Frames
Text Frame Options
Creating Text Blocks
Creating Tables


PageStream offers three ways to put text on a page: text frames, text blocks, and tables.

Text frames are containers in which text may be entered. Most text frames are rectangular text column frames with one or more columns. Text frames created from irregular shapes are referred to as text shape frames. Text column frames are normally used for the body text of a document and text shape frames are used for special effects. Text frames can be linked together so that text will flow between them. Use text frames for the body text of your documents.

Text blocks are frameless text used for titles, headers, footers and other small blocks of type. They lack defined right and bottom margins, so they don't have fixed edges within which to wrap text. You must press the Return key to end each line of text in a text block. Text blocks cannot be linked to other blocks or frames.

Tables are

Text frames, text blocks, and tables can be manipulated as objects with the Object tool in the same way as shapes created with the drawing tools.

The Text tool is used to edit and format text in a text frame, text block, or table.

Resizing a text frame will cause the text inside to reflow to fill the new dimensions of the text frame. Resizing a frameless text block will cause the size of the text to resize proportionally to the new dimensions of the text block. Resizing a table will cause the cells inside to resize proportionally, and the text inside those cells to reflow to fill the new dimensions of the cell.

Creating Text Frames

Most text is entered into text column frames. This type of text frame can be divided into multiple columns which are permanently linked together. You can change the number of columns in a text column frame at any time.

You can create text frames on multiple pages at once with the Create Text Frames command, or you can draw a single frame with the Column tool.

How to create text column frames

1. Choose Create Text Frames from the Layout menu.

The Create Text Frames dialog box will appear.

2. Select the column options.

Enter the number of columns to create and the gutter space between them. You can also set their margins, the pages on which to create them, and whether or not to link the frames from page to page.

3. Click Create.

How to draw a text column frame

1. Select a Column tool from the toolbox.

Select the one, two or three column tool. The mouse pointer will change to a drawing crosshair.

Drawing Crosshair Pointer

2. Drag the mouse to start the frame.

Position the mouse crosshair over the start point of the frame. Drag the mouse in any direction while holding down the mouse button.

3. Release the mouse button to end the frame.

Depending on which tool is selected it would create a one, two or three text column(s) frame.

To change the number of columns in a text frame after creating it:
Select the frame with the Object tool. Choose Text Frame Options from the Frame submenu in the Object menu to display a dialog box with column and gutter options. Alternatively, enter new values into the Edit palette's #C and G text boxes for text column frames.

Text shape frames

Text shape frames are used for special effects. PageStream allows you to convert any shape or path into a text frame. For example, you could draw an ellipse, convert it to a text frame, and then type directly into it. PageStream will treat the shape or path, no matter how irregular, as the margins for the text.

If you join objects together with the Join command and convert the result to a text frame, text will flow into the portions of the path which do not overlap.

The grey portions of the objects above show where text would be placed. The text would be drawn from left to right starting at the top, just as it would in normal text frames.

Note that you cannot convert groups or drawings into text frames, because they are not a single object.

Text shape frames retain all the properties of their original object type. For example, you can continue to edit the arc angles of a pie slice after converting it to a text frame.

To convert a shape or path into a text shape frame:
Select the object to convert with the Object tool, and then choose Text Frame from the Frame submenu in the Object menu. This command will be checkmarked when a shape is capable of holding text.

Choose None from the Frame submenu to turn off the text container ability of a text shape frame. Note that this will delete the text it contains.

Creating Text Blocks

Text frames are useful because the text in them can be word wrapped. Text blocks lack defined right and bottom margins so you must press Return at the end of each line. They are intended for short blocks of text such as titles, captions, TextFX, headers and footers, and cannot be linked together like text frames. On the other hand, you can resize the text in them by resizing the text block's bounding box.

To create a text block: Choose the Text tool and click on a blank area of the page. If you click on another text block or a text frame, the insertion point will be placed in that object rather than creating a new text block. You can click on top of non-text objects to create a text block. The text block will initially have no width. You can begin typing immediately to enter text. Press Return to end each line.

Comparing text frames, text blocks and tables

When you resize a text column frame, the text in it reflows without changing the size of the text. The text may or may not fit in the frame's new size. When you resize a text block, the text in it resizes in proportion to the object's new size. Resizing a table will cause the cells inside to resize proportionally, and the text inside those cells to reflow to fill the new dimensions of the cell.

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2002-10-09 19:12:14 CT #3
Roy Leith
From: United Kingdom
Registered: 2006-02-23
Posts: 171

--- In PageStreamDocs@y..., Grasshopper Support <support@g...> wrote:
> I'll respond to the rest later today, but I wanted to get back to you on
> the other 4 (actually 2 now) files. For both editing and puttingtext I have
> newer files, so I've attached them to this email. I believe editing is
> complete, so shouldn't need any work on it but please check it.
> Deron Kazmaier - support@g...
> Grasshopper LLC Publishing -
PageStream DTP for Amiga, Macintosh, and Windows

In my version (!) I added a brief note about custom columns and a link to puttingtext which I updated with the custom tickbox features. Will you cut and paste, or shall I? Smile

The stuff on text frames is good, but I still plan to add a little more detail in the Table section about the Table text cells (e.g. no text flow, resizing of whole rows or columns rather than individual cells, using the edit palette for lines and fills, etc.)

It would be helpful if we could get the author to enable multiple selections of grid/table cells using the reshape tool. Then it would be much easier to produce fancy tables like those automated by templates provided with other word software I could mention (but, won't!).

Roy Leith

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